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  • Rockwood swim team a splash with kids

    Rockwood’s first swim team is giving many first-time competitive swimmers a chance to shine.

    And at a recent meet, that is exactly what team members did, getting ribbons in two of the five events they entered.

    Starting the season with 18 new swimmers and keeping 12, the youth showed they were up to the challenge and fun of competitive swimming.

    “I was glad that many stuck with it. It was a great start for our first year,” coach Cassandra Dothard said. “All the kids doing it loved it. Many of them, they don’t participate in other sports.”

  • Kingston officials balk at E911 plan to raise rates

    The E911 lost-revenue conundrum found its way into Kingston affairs again, but council members are still reluctant to sign on to an agreement that would have the city paying extra fees to counter shortfalls.

    Last spring, Roane County E911 Director Mike Hooks visited Kingston council and requested 911’s standard 3-percent increase. He also pitched a five-year plan based on the premise that 911 has been hemorrhaging money in recent money due to the rise of cellphones in favor of landlines. Local 911 centers are funded by a combination of local governments and taxes levied on phone service.

  • ‘Nice man’ shot to death

    An elderly man was found shot to death in his home Sunday evening.

    Authorities identified the victim as 85-year-old Russell C. Blevins of 138 Hart Orchard Road.

    “I believe a family member hadn’t heard from him, went to check on him, found him and then notified the 911 center,” said Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips.

    No arrests had been made as of press time Tuesday.

    “It’s an ongoing investigation,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We’ve already interviewed a few subjects of interest. We’re running down all the leads we have.”

  • Plans in works for old fort

    Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross is like an overgrown kid building a really cool toy fort.

    Only, rather than Legos and wooden blocks and plastic soldiers, this fort (you might recognize it as Fort Southwest Point) requires government grants and master plans — not to mention years of work and plenty of patience — to keep it on the grow.

    At the request of state Sen. Ken Yager, State Historic Preservation Officer Patrick McIntyre visited Fort Southwest Point in July for a tour and a pitch from Ross and Kingston Mayor Troy Beets.

  • Masked men, counterfeit money in police reports

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com
    A Rockwood woman told police that she and her husband were robbed in their home Saturday night by two assailants wearing black masks.

    According to a report, the suspects kicked in the front door to the residence at 207 W. Dunn St.

    “Suspects took complainant to her bedroom to get $500 that she keeps on her dresser,” the report said. “Suspects took complainant’s purse with her ID and Verizon pre-paid phone.”

  • Man struck, killed on motorcycle

    A Sunday evening accident involving a car and a motorcycle had deadly results.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Larry Eugene Ballard, 59, of Andersonville was headed north on Hwy. 27 on a Harley Davidson motorcycle when a Chevrolet Cavalier turned into his path. Ballard was killed.

    The accident happened around 6:30 p.m.

    The driver of the Cavalier was identified as Crystal Annette Laymance of Harriman. The report said she was attempting a left turn onto the highway when the accident occurred.

  • Election results official

    The Roane County Election Commission certified the results from the Aug. 2 election on Monday.

    The vote total changed from election night because of a few provisional ballots being counted, but the additional votes didn’t alter the outcome of any races.

    For example, Harriman City Council candidate Wayne Best picked up a vote, but his 350 still wasn’t enough to overtake winner Chris Ahler, who finished with 357 votes.

  • ‘Elvis’ putting on show at Princess Theatre

    The King’s greatest hits will be showcased at Harriman’s own crown jewel, the Princess Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 18.

    Elvis Presley enthusiast and musical talent Greg Johnson will don his best jumpsuit and sing some of Elvis’ greatest hits in a show that also includes performances from fellow entertainer Patty Waszak.

    Proceeds from this show will go toward Harriman City Schools Alumni Association’s scholarship fund.

  • Sheriff's office investigating homicide

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of an elderly man as a homicide.
    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips identified the victim as Russell C. Blevins of 138 Hart Orchard Road.
    “We believe he died as the result of a gunshot wound,” he said.
    Blevins, 85, was found in his home Sunday evening. Phillips said he was notified around 8:15 p.m. 
    “I believe a family member hadn’t heard from him, went to check on him, found him and then notified the 911 center,” he said. 

  • Rockwood OKs budget with tax hike; garbage rate also up $1

    After numerous meetings filled with contention over the 2013 budget, Rockwood officials finally settled on final reading of the budget last week.

    Taxpayers will now be paying property tax rates of 90 cents per $100 valuation, 15 cents higher than the previous rate of 75 cents per $100 valuation.

    Garbage customers will also pay $1 more per pickup, at $8, which is still several dollars lower than in surrounding communities.