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  • Lawsuit against Houstons moved

    Roane County will not be the site for the civil trial against Rocky and Leon Houston.

    Circuit Court Judge Amy Hollars has decided to move it to another county, according to Putnam County Circuit Court Clerk Marcia Borys.

    Pat Brown is suing the Houstons over the death of her son. Mike Brown was killed along with Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones in a shootout with the Houstons on May 11, 2006.

    Brown was on a ride-along with Jones.

  • Golden arches to locate in Rockwood

    McDonalds has plans to build in Rockwood in the area near the Walmart shopping center.

    Fred Cox, construction manager for the project, recently went to the Rockwood Regional Planning Commission to discuss site plans and submit building plans to the building inspector.

    He said the restaurant could be open as early as autumn if construction starts as planned.

    “We plan to do it in the summer, hopefully in June,” Cox said.

    “It usually takes us about four months to build it,” he added.

  • TVA holding ash spill workshops

    Beginning this week, TVA and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be holding a series of six workshops on the restoration of the river system affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The one-hour workshops will cover topics ranging from wildlife impacts and studies, to cleanup costs, to the impact of ash that remains in the river system.

    Much of the 5 million cubic yards of ash that flowed from the site ended up in the Emory River.

  • Search community for schools director, audience requests

    Turnout at the public hearing for the director of Roane County Schools search was a small group, but one sentiment stood out.

    That was to interview all those from Roane County who applied.

    “I was a little disappointed when I read in the newspaper that we took a vote and decided that we weren’t going to  interview all the people in Roane County that are teachers or principals or whatever they are that wanted to interview for this job,” said Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier.

  • Kingston land taxes may go up for city hall

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council members believe they may have their building — and their bargain — for a new city hall.

    If they elect to push forward now, the next step may be considering whether to raise taxes to pay for it all.

    Council moved on March 6 to place a motion on its March 13 agenda to purchase the Kingston Medical Plaza as the site of its new city hall.

  • Veterans lobby for VA hospital in old Harriman facility

    A veterans hospital in Harriman would be a tremendous benefit for area veterans who now travel about two and a half hours for treatments they cannot get at local VA clinics.

    That is why veteran Tommy True would like to see Roane Medical Center’s current location be turned into a veterans hospital once the facilities’ operations are moved to the new Midtown facility under construction by Covenant Health.

  • Film students get ET community lessons while honing their skills

    Roane State Community College students spending their days creating and editing programming for a new show on local cable access Channel 15 in Harriman aren’t merely learning the ins and outs of making video.

    Instead, in their Topics in Camera Production and TV Studio Production I classes, students are learning more about the community in which they live as they select topics for three episodes to be called “Scenic Backroads.”

  • Kingston may act on one-hour parking around courthouse

    By Mike Gibson
    Parking around the Roane County Courthouse may be limited to one hour by Kingston City Council on Tuesday.

    Last week, the council placed an ordinance on the March 13 agenda to change all parking around the courthouse to one-hour parking.

    The ordinance is in answer to complaints from business owners, courthouse visitors and law enforcement alike over current parking rules.

    Presently, parking in the area is a hodgepodge ranging from 15-minute spots to non-regulated.

  • Woman flees to avoid arrest

    Geneva Ann Sargent was arrested March 1 at her 102 Harrison Lane home in Ten Mile after evading arrest on active warrants.

    Sargent, 26, “took off running into the woods behind the trailer” with 45-year-old Kelvin Ray Sargent after seeing Officer Brandon Smith, according to a report from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    “I pursued both suspects on foot through the woods and caught both of them on Woodlawn Drive,” the report said.

  • Property assessment appeals met with success

    Margaret Larson Evans purchased a piece of property in Paint Rock Farm Lake Estates for $100,000 in 2006.

    “I did it because I used to have a horse out here and knew a bunch of people in the neighborhood,” she said. “So to me it was worth $100,000 to retire here.”

    The Roane County Property Assessor’s Office caused her to have second thoughts in 2010 when appraisers valued her land at $166,400.