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  • Prosecutors claim Smoot MIA for over a month

    The whereabouts of murder defendant Shawn Smoot were unknown for more than a month, according to a motion filed by prosecutors on Monday.

    Smoot was released from the Roane County Jail on March 26, 2013, after his parents posted a $250,000 cash bond.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen revoked the bond and issued a warrant for Smoot’s arrest on April 23, a day after he was charged with DUI in McMinn County.

    The motion filed by prosecutors seeks to permanently revoke his bond.

  • County leaders laud McCuiston

    Former official Glenn McCuiston was remembered at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    McCuiston passed away on May 8. He was 76.

    Commissioner Ron Berry said he served with McCuiston on the old Roane County Quarterly Court.

    “He’s going to be missed,” Berry said.

    McCuiston was also active in the city of Rockwood, where he served on the City Council and Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board.

    Berry said serving was one of the things McCuiston loved to do.

  • Country singer T. Graham Brown to headline at the Princess Theatre

    Renowned singer T. Graham Brown and his band One Horse Town will be in concert in Harriman’s historic Princess Theatre on May 31.

    The concert will feature Brown’s well-known songs, including “Help Me Turn the Wine Back Into Water,” Come as You Were,” “Hell and High Water,” “I Tell It Like It Used to Be” and “Darlene.”

    “This is a big thing coming to Harriman,” said promoter Greg White. “This thing here is one of the best bands you’re going to hear.”

  • West VFD’s round-the-clock fundraising sale starts today

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual two-day fundraising yard sale around the clock from 7 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    The sale will be at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road, Rockwood.

    Leave a message at 354-8201 days, evenings or weekends to arrange for pick up or to drop off donated items to be sold.

  • BRACING FOR IMPACT

    For now, the residents of the well-established Woodhaven neighborhood in Kingston have it good.

    Songbirds warble from massive tulip poplars. Although nearby Interstate 40 carries a steady stream of traffic, the road noise is dampened by a nearly 50-acre wooded hill between them.

    There’s a sense of calm in this lush, waterfront community near the convergence of the Emory and Clinch rivers.

    “This is one of the most tranquil neighborhoods in Kingston,” said resident LeAnn Qualls, who has lived there for nearly two decades.

  • ‘In God’ proposal put off

    The Roane County Commission voted 8-7 Monday night to defer the “In God We Trust” resolution to its property committee.

    That turned into a challenge for the official who made the proposal.

    “This just hardens my resolve,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said. “It’s going to come back forward, and we’ll stand together and vote to pass this hopefully.”

  • Mowing accident kills officer

    A Harriman man and public safety officer died in an off-duty lawnmower accident Saturday.

    Michael Andre Goins, 41, worked as an airport officer and mowed yards on the side. He was mowing for a client when the accident happened.

    “The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority has lost one of its valued public safety officers,” said Becky Huckaby, vice president of public relations for the airport.

    Goins had 15 years of law enforcement experience, including with Harriman Police Department.

  • TVA running SOR trucks

    Some South of the River residents have noticed increased truck traffic in their area.

    “There’s a huge number of trucks,” Timberline Drive resident Bob Henderson said. “You might see 10 on a trip from Kingston out to Woody Lane. Several people have asked me what’s going on.”

    The trucks are part of a project at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Tea Party to hear from Farmer, Woody Thursday

    Roane County is scheduled to pay nearly $2 million in interest on the $2.5 million it borrowed for the Plateau Partnership Park.

    The county borrowed $1.750 million for the project in 2007. The first principal payment on that debt won’t be made until 2016.

    In 2010, the county borrowed another $750,000. The first principal payment on that debt isn’t scheduled to be made until 2025.

    Both deals were put together during the tenure of former Roane County executive Mike Farmer.