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  • TVA to ask for bullying, harassment suit dismissal

    TVA expects to request a dismissal of a federal lawsuit filed by a Knoxville man, who claims he experienced racial bullying and sexual harassment while working as a laborer at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The lawsuit, filed on behalf of Corey Hedrick, is almost exactly the same as one filed against G.UB.MK Constructors on Oct. 8, 2012.

    G.UB.MK is a joint venture between URS Corporation, Williams Plant Services LLC and Worley Parsons Group Inc.

  • ‘I love you’ puts Kingston native up for big video bucks

    A Kingston native and Roane County High School alumnus who captured a precious moment of his son’s adoration on video may be up for big bucks.

    Josh Houston has already won $10,000 from ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Video,” and the family is in the running for $100,000.

    Houston, who was first-base coach for his two sons’ baseball team, was urging his then 3-year-old son Tripp to run to second base when the precocious child paused to share how much he cares for his dad.

  • Kingston, state officials tout intersection work

    State officials gathered with their counterparts in Kingston and Roane County to dedicate the widening of the intersection at Hwys. 70 and 58.

  • Lack of laptops learning curve for Norwegian girl

    In the school Malika Skogsholm attends in Norway, technology is a part of every class.

    It’s an aspect she’s had to learn to live without to a large degree while attending Oliver Springs High School this year as an exchange student staying with Nancy Thompson.

    “We write everything by hand here,” she said. “I’m used to laptops we use. That is really different.”

    Another aspect is that at home she doesn’t have different people in the classrooms for each course. Here she changes classes and classmates.

  • Bunch backs out of plea agreement

    Using her silver Pontiac Grand Am, Roane County resident Rufena Jean Bunch served as the getaway driver for Mark Andrew Randolph when he robbed a Subway sandwich shop in Knoxville on Sept. 24.

    That’s according to a plea agreement Bunch signed on Nov. 4.

    She was scheduled to plead guilty in U.S. District Court on Nov. 20, but the hearing was abruptly canceled at the request of her new attorney – Bruce Poston of Knoxville.

    Poston didn’t enter the case until Nov. 19, when he filed a notice of substitution of counsel.

  • Exercise room on convict’s wish list

    Convicted crack cocaine dealer Ralph O’Neal is trying to take on the role of jail rights activist.

    O’Neal, who is being held at the jail awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge, sent a letter to the Roane County Commission and County Executive Ron Woody requesting funds for the construction of an exercise room at the county jail.

    “This exercise room with some workout material could easily help curb some addiction,” he wrote. “If it helps a small percentage it would be well worth it.”

  • Operation REACH $40,000 short of goal

    ]Operation REACH has been making Christmas merrier for Roane County children for 38 years.

    This year the program, which allows the county’s most needy children to go shopping for Christmas presents for themselves and their families, hopes to help 500 Roane County schoolchildren this holiday season.

    REACH, an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday, is needing help raising funds toward that goal.

    “Our fundraising goal this year is $125,000,” said Randy Ellis, this year’s Operation REACH president.

  • Prepping to give ‘The Jesus Gift’: Outdoor weekend tour to depict life of Christ

    South Harriman Baptist Church will showcase the life of Jesus Christ in a guided tour at the church this weekend.

    “The Jesus Gift,” planned from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 13-14, features numerous scenes depicting Christ’s life at the church at 626 Ruritan Road.

    The first stop will be at The Prophet Isaiah, who relays the prophecy of the Son of God.

    Also included are The Wise Men and Nativity scenes of the holiday season, as well as portrayals of Jesus healing the sick, teaching his Disciples and more.

  • State spells out future for libraries

    Local libraries — and the county and municipal governments that fund them — may see some changes in the way they do business with the coming of the new year and new directives from the state.

    That was the message Kingston Library Board member and City Councilman John Byrkit delivered to council recently.

    Byrkit said the state gave local library officials a preview of new standards through the office of state librarian and archivist Chuck Sherrill.

  • Tai chi offers exercise for body, mind

    Concentration, stress relief and balance improvement are some of the benefits enjoyed by a group that regularly meets in Kingston.

    Twice a week, the Taoist Tai Chi Society offers beginner and continuing classes at Bethel Presbyterian Church. Many in the group of 20 have been together almost 10 years.

    The class is the only one of its kind in Roane County.

    “They love it, or they wouldn’t come back,” said instructor Terry Elliott of Kingston. “This is a social activity, but it is also good for our health.”