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  • Kingston works fire last Tuesday

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Kingston Firefighters fought a fire last Tuesday afternoon at a home at 737 Montview Ave.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said there was a lot of damage to the upstairs of the home because of the Nov. 11 blaze.

    “It started in the hallway and rolled into the bedroom,” said Gordon.

    The fire, which firefighters responded to around 3:45 p.m. to Tuesday, has been ruled an accidental electrical fire.

  • Man sentenced in armed robbery spree

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Mark Andrew Randolph got the sentence he agreed to in his federal robbery case: 32 years.

    In the plea agreement he signed in April, Randolph admitted to using a firearm to rob several East Tennessee businesses in September 2013, including the Rocky Top Market on Bluff Road in Kingston.

  • Roane Treasures: Meet the Class of 2014

    Lieselotte “Lotte” O’Brien

    Lieselotte “Lotte” O’Brien was born in Weiler, Germany, on July 7, 1925. Lotte is better known as Mama Mia.

    Lotte met her late husband, William, in Germany after World War II. He was a baker in the Army and was stationed in Augsburg, Germany, where Lotte was a waitress in the mess hall.

    They married in Germany and moved to New York in June 1950. While in New York, Lotte taught herself English and gained experience in the restaurant industry. The couple moved to Kingston in 1969.

  • The many hats of ‘Brillo’ Miller

    Rockwood Mayor-elect Mike “Brillo” Miller said he doesn’t foresee city business overlapping with the goings-on of the county school system.

    Miller, who works for Rockwood Electric Utility, is in the midst of another four-year term on the Roane County Board of Education. He will take over as city mayor on Dec. 1.

    “It’s not a city school system,” Miller said. “It’s a county school system, so it will have no bearing on it whatsoever.”

  • Judge race contest not over

    Kingston lawyer Tom McFarland isn’t done contesting the Aug. 7 election.

    He’s appealing Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood’s decision to throw out his lawsuit that sought to have Mike Pemberton’s win in the 9th Judicial District circuit court judge race voided.

    McFarland filed the notice of appeal on Nov. 5.

    Pemberton and McFarland were the only candidates in the judge’s race. Pemberton received 343 more votes than McFarland in the four-county district.

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  • Interstate Spa looked at for prostitution

    Law enforcement investigating prostitution and possible human trafficking descended at the Interstate Spa off of South Gateway Avenue Wednesday.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Rockwood Police Department, Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office officials and Homeland Security Investigations were among those that swooped down at the establishment.

    Because of the ongoing investigation, police didn’t have much to say early on.

  • Gas leak results in detour in Harriman

    Parents picking up their children at Bowers Elementary School in Harriman were routed around a gas leak on Ruritan Road Tuesday afternoon.

    A portion of Ruritan Road was closed off for several hours because of the leak.

    Officials said contractors tearing down an old barber shop/apartments apparently didn’t tap off the gas lines, and demolition caused a gas leak.

    “I was there until 6:40 p.m.” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Dr. Rywell’s Tenn. apple stack cake re-re-revisited

    Gentle reader, there comes a time when repeating oneself is no longer repetition but instead tradition.

    Thus it is with our annual holiday column about our beloved Tennessee Apple Stack Cake, also known in this area as “Fruit Cake.”

    As we have said many times before, what is being offered in some grocery stores as apple stack cake is not our Tennessee Apple Stack Cake.

  • Court fee put off at public defender’s request

    A resolution calling for a new $12.50 fee on criminal cases was withdrawn from Monday night’s Roane County Commission meeting agenda.

    Commission Chairman James Brummett said 9th Judicial District Public Defender Kim Nelson requested that the resolution be pulled.

    According to the resolution, the $12.50 fee would “defray cost of legal representation and support services provided indigent defendants in criminal procedures.”