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  • Kingston ready to go to work on medical plaza

    Kingston officials are tantalizingly close to getting renovations on the new city hall building into full swing now, with old tenants on the verge of departure.
    City Manager Jim Pinkerton said recently that the retrofitting of Kingston Medical Plaza — the planned site of the new city hall — should be “going strong in March.”
    The building’s remaining tenants, the Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center and a physician, are scheduled to leave the building by Feb. 22.

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  • Other Houston brother takes on courts

    During a hearing in January, defense attorney Joseph Fanduzz vowed to suppress key parts of the government’s criminal case against Leon Houston.
    He’s proven to be a man of his word.
    Last week Fanduzz filed motions to suppress footage from the video camera agents installed, Houston’s alleged statement to law enforcement and evidence obtained from his residence.  

  • Meth found at Gallaher Road rental house

    Kingston police found 22 “one-pot” meth bottles at 739 Gallaher Road Sunday.
    It was the largest seizure to date for the department.
    “We’ve been lucky,” Chief Jim Washam said. “A lot of it’s been cooked out in the rural areas, but now we’re seeing the trend where people are coming into the city and cooking it.”
    The property was quarantined, and Washam said no arrests had been made as of Tuesday afternoon, but police did have some suspects.

  • Ross elected chairman of state committee

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross already had the appreciation of local officials, who recognize him as the tireless, dedicated department head responsible for shepherding for so many of the city’s signature events.
    Now he’s been recognized by his peers, as well.
    Earlier this year, Ross was elected chairman of the athletic branch of the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association for 2013.
    The ballot was taken from fellow TRPA members — other parks and rec directors from all over the state.

  • Patient transfer to new hospital smooth affair

    Six of Roane County’s eight ambulances were parked on Harriman’s Devonia Street Sunday morning — but not because of any emergency.

    The gathering was due to the closing of the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman and the transfer of patients to the new facility in Midtown.

    “We’ve been planning this for over a month,” Roane County ambulance director Howie Rose said about the patient transfer. “We’ve had weekly meetings with the hospital to get ready for this.”

  • Boat races to return to city’s July 4th events

    It’s official: boat racing has been fast-tracked to return to Kingston for the summer holiday season.

    Kingston Parks and Recreation director Rick Ross told Kingston City Council members that the American Power Boat Association has signed on to hold its pro-class championship races in Kingston July 2-4.

    Kingston has hosted drag boat racing events over the July 4 holiday in recent years. But this will be the first time in 18 years that the city has hosted oval track-style boat racing.

  • Kingston to educate kids about fires

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon is organizing the department’s  annual fire safety and prevention program.

    More than 1,000 children, from ages 4-12, will receive fire prevention materials such as, manuals, badges, posters and handouts geared to their age level.

    The materials will be discussed in class at Kingston Elementary and Calvary Baptist School and daycare facilities, Head Start and the other pre-K schools throughout the area.

  • Coalition looks into helping with area’s homeless

    A new program to help the homeless may be forming in Roane County.

    The Roane County Homeless Coalition was formed last year to look at the issues facing the homeless.

    It will have a public meeting next month to explore interest in Family Promise, which has an interfaith hospitality network program geared at using community churches and community members to provide on a weekly rotating basis overnight accommodations and meals for homeless families.

  • Roane officers rank high at THP

    Two Roane County residents have been promoted to high-ranking positions with the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Cheryl Sanders of Oliver Springs is the agency’s first-ever female field major. And Jessie Brooks of Kingston is now captain of the Chattanooga District.

    “I’m honored and blessed and proud and all of that,” said Sanders, who in her new duties oversees all East Tennessee district offices, including Cookeville, Chattanooga, Knoxville and Fall Branch.

    “I’m excited.”