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  • Kingston work could lower home insurance

    On a scale of 1 to 10, the city of Kingston gets a 4 on fire safety.
    And that’s not a bad thing. The Insurance Services Organization rates fire departments according to their level of preparedness every few years, with a 1 signifying the highest level, and a 10 meaning no preparedness at all.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon reported on the city’s latest rating at April City Council sessions. The ISO rating also determines fire insurance rates in the department’s coverage area.

  • REAL HORSEPOWER

    Curtis Scarbrough loves his horses.

    Recently, he decided that, together, they could step back in time.

    This week, on a sunny spring day, he walked behind them, holding steady a plow as it cut into the rich brown earth of a garden on Ruritan Road.  

    The garden promises to yield the usual country bounty of corn, okra, tomatoes, onions and beans.

    “I just wanted to see if I could do it,” Scarbrough said. “That is all we had when I was coming along. We didn’t have tractors. It was either a horse or a mule.”

  • Smoot bond revoked over DUI charge

    Bond for accused murderer Shawn Smoot has been revoked.

    Prosecutors moved for the revocation following Smoot’s arrest on DUI charges Tuesday in McMinn County.

    The order was signed by Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen and was effective immediately.

    Smoot is charged in Roane County with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris, whose  body was found in Roane County on Oct. 15, 2011.

    Smoot had not turned himself in as of Friday afternoon.

  • Case against Ward involves alleged stolen tires

    The emerging criminal allegation against Harriman business owner Tim Ward involves stolen tires, according to Georgia authorities.

    Ward owns Tim’s Tire Service. He is charged in Catoosa County, Ga., with one count of violating the Georgia Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act.

    A Catoosa County grand jury returned the indictment on April 9.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Junior Templeton arrested Ward at his tire business in Harriman on April 17.

  • Stockton joins ‘Boston Strong’

    With a sheriff for a husband, Roane County runner Tara Stockton is used to being around law enforcement.

    But even she was overwhelmed by the police presence she witnessed Monday while running in the Boston Marathon.

    “It was unbelievable,” she said. “They had every kind of law enforcement you can think of.”

    Three people were killed and hundreds of others injured when bombs exploded near the finish line at last year’s marathon.

  • Students earn their colors on recorders

    Midtown Elementary School’s music room fills with the sound of the simple instrument of recorder.

    Some fifth-graders smile as they deftly move their fingers on the flute-like instrument; others frown when they hit a sour note.

    This is what recorder karate looks like.

    The students use the recorders during class, but they also can practice before or after school to earn a “belt”— a colorful string to tie to their recorder.

  • Tire store owner arrested

    Tim Ward, the owner of Tim’s Tire Service in Harriman, is charged in a criminal indictment in Catoosa County, Ga.

    Ward, 51, was arrested on April 17 and spent Easter weekend in the Roane County Jail.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Deputy Junior Templeton met Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office Detective Alan Miles and two detectives from Norfolk Southern at Tim’s Tire Service.

  • Shawn Smoot arrested again

    Accused murderer Shawn Smoot was arrested Tuesday morning in McMinn County.

    He’s charged with DUI, resisting arrest and violation of implied consent.

    Smoot also is charged in Roane County Criminal Court with first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

    Her body was found at the intersection of Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15, 2011. Police said she had been shot.

  • Grants help Kingston outfit officers

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said his department was able to purchase 19 new bulletproof vests, thanks to a federal grant.  

    “It’s a 50-50 grant through the Department of Justice,” he said. “It really helps the department, as expensive and important as the vests are. They can save a life.”

    Washam said the city paid $12,000 for the vests upfront and got reimbursed for the grant half.   

  • ORAU session gauges nuclear energy rebirth

    Declines in new construction, evolving safe-ty regulations, and building the next generation

    of nuclear engineers

    and researchers are among the challenges facing the future of nuclear energy.

    But there is hope, according to a top Nuclear Regulatory Commission official.