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  • Kingston clogging teams rack up big wins

    It’s not hard to love the exuberant young girls moving in sync, their shoes stomping and madly clicking.

    And all season long, judges have felt the same way about three South Eastern Clogging Co. Three competitive teams have excelled at various events.

    “They are all really good,” praised instructor Paulette Ray.

    Two of those teams, SECC Platinum and SECC Electric, even placed in the America’s Clogging Hall of Fame World Championships.

  • Collett never wrestled with career choice

    Rockwood’s Jeff Collett learned very early he wanted to be a professional wrestler when he grew up.

    “When I was 5 years old,” confirmed the man whom wrestling fans know as “The Southern Gentleman.”

    “As soon as I saw it, that is what I was going to be.”

    The family, including former Rockwood City Council member Ray Collett, moved to Virginia when Jeff was 3 and a sportswriting neighbor would give the family his free tickets to area wrestling shows.

  • Golf cart adds to brouhaha in neighborhood

    Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs said a case authorities presented to the Roane County Grand Jury earlier this month was one of a kind.  

    “It may be the first case in the history of Tennessee where someone was arrested for having an abandoned golf cart on their property,” Isaacs said.

    His client, Colleen Landaiche, was indicted on Oct. 17 for theft of property between $1,000 to $10,000.

    The property in question was a golf cart owned by her neighbor, Jack Elkins.

  • Murder investigation continues

    Authorities are trying be very thorough in the investigation into who killed a 23-year-old Knox County woman.

    “We want to make sure we cover all our bases and not leave anything uncovered,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “I think it will come together. I really do.”

    Brooke Morris’ body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road on Oct. 15.

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  • Public road closure irks neighbors

    The Roane County Road Committee’s decision to close a public road has some neighbors up in arms, but it is not backing down.
    Some South of the River residents have expressed frustration with the closure in the Irwinton Shores Subdivision since the move was approved earlier this year.
    The road at the center of the issue is Windward Way.
    Ken Baumgartner of 117 Windward Way approached the county about closing the portion of the road.

  • Mother indicted for selling Oxycodone

    A Kingston woman was indicted for selling Oxycodone and child neglect. Sonya Yvette Hutson of 612 Clark St., was arrested on Oct. 19.
    According to the indictment, Hutson exposed her child to an undercover drug sale and marijuana use.
    Hutson, 41, is scheduled to appear in court next month.   
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    A Harriman resident is accused of breaking the state’s TennCare laws.
    Tabitha Anne Inman, 28, was arrested on Saturday on five counts of TennCare fraud. Jail records list Inman’s address as 112 Turner Drive.

  • Rockwood moves on cleanup efforts

    Property cleanup was a hot-button issue during Rockwood city election campaigns, and it looks like officials took note.
    Rockwood City Council recently approved a resolution moving $10,000 from the sale of property to a line item for cleanup such as burned homes in the area.
    “To work on them, you have to have money and you have to go to court ...” said Mayor James  Watts.
    Councilman Mike Freeman brought the issue up most recently.

  • Reluctant pastor celebrates 30 years

    The Rev. Ottis Ball celebrated 30 years of ministering to his congregation at Harriman Church of God this week.
    “It’s been a great 30 years,” Ball said. “We’ve got a great bunch of people here and always have had, that they love one another, love me and my wife and love the Lord. And and you know it’s just been a good ride.”
    Ball, who is from Newport originally, came to Harriman after feeling led to shift gears after spending five and a half years at Green Meadow Church of God in Alcoa.
    He’s had a lot to enjoy.

  • Harriman cuts deal on guns, truck

    A recent change in state law now allows seized weapons to be traded for weapons for police departments.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said the change, passed this summer, will allow him to trade in 104 seized weapons to go toward the purchase of four AR15 rifles from Mohawk Armory.

    Heidle said the local distributor makes good weapons.

    “We know the weapons we’re trading and believe fully that it is a pretty good price,” Heidle said.