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  • Rockwood taking break from annual home tour

    Rockwood 2000 celebrated its 21st Christmas Tour of Homes in 2011.
    There won’t be a 22nd — at least, not this year.
    “We couldn’t get enough homes to have a quality tour,” said Mary Kau, Rockwood 2000 president. “I’m afraid it would have been very disappointing with the few we were able to get signed up this year.”
    The city’s revitalization, preservation and beautification organization will revisit the fundraiser again next year if more participants are interested in showing their homes.

  • More indicted in busted-up pill operation

    The oxycodone ring taken down earlier this year was a multi-million dollar enterprise.
    According to indictments in the case, a minimum of $4 million was paid directly or indirectly to the defendants during the course of the scheme that allegedly began in September 2010 and ended this past June.
    Twenty-three people from Roane County were indicted in U.S. District Court for oxycodone trafficking and money laundering conspiracies in June.
    A superseding indictment filed in the case this month charges an additional 10 defendants.

  • It takes teamwork to feed the hungry
  • Slave ancestor provides important lessons

    Born into bondage in 1845, Adeline Staples Crozier could not have dreamed that her descendants would produce four generations of college graduates.

    That includes almost a dozen teachers, several doctors, lawyers and engineers, a World War II bomber pilot and also a student who helped integrate the Clinton school system.

    “It seems like getting an education was our way to succeed,” said her great-great granddaughter, Julia Hopper Daniel of Oliver Springs.

    Daniel discovered Adeline’s legacy 20 years ago while tracing her family roots.

  • Police worried over stolen badges

    Be wary of who is behind that badge.
    That’s the warning issued by Kingston’s police chief after badges, handcuffs, pepper spray and possibly even police uniforms were stolen recently from a local police supply store.
    The items, stolen from A-1 Tactical on 901 E. Race St. late last week, were described as “police-specific in nature,” and included six pair of handcuffs, four Tennessee Highway Patrol chaplain badges, two flashlights and 20 Freeze+P (pepper spray) keychain units.

  • Powerball excitement builds
  • Signs of change to come in Kingston

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Signs point to a new ordinance — a new sign ordinance, no less — as Kingston Council members voted 6 to 1 to approve a revised version of the city’s existing law at this month’s full council meeting.

  • School board OKs 5-year plan

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a five-year strategic plan at its November meeting.
    It will serve as a blueprint for the school system over the next five years.   
    The goals of the strategic plan align with the goals of Director of Schools Gary Aytes’ performance contract.
    • Goal 1: Roane County will provide a high quality instructional program for all students.
    • Goal 2: Roane County will provide safe and secure facilities.

  • Software could aid nonprofits

    Nonprofit organizations researching funding opportunities may turn to Harriman for help.
    The city will soon have a computer equipped with a software program called Foundation Research Library. It includes more than 108,000 grant-maker profiles and $3 million grant searches.
    Sarah McCoin sees it as a good opportunity for Harriman.
    “There is an abundance of non-profits who lack funds … who could research if they had that tool available,” McCoin said.

  • Joyrider charged after crash

    A 15-year-old is facing several charges for a Saturday afternoon car crash that left a big hole in the Josh Igou State Farm Insurance building in Kingston.
    “He was charged for joy-riding because he took mama’s car without permission, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and driving with no license,” Kingston Police Sgt. Jamie Melton said.
    The juvenile was also issued a citation in city court because his mother could not produce proof of insurance on the Honda Civic.