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  • 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.

  • Santorum wins in Roane, TN

    He didn’t look like a frontrunner early on, but voters in Tennessee and other red states have shown they approve of the conservative values presidential candidate Rick Santorum has espoused.

    Santorum carried Tennessee, including Roane County voters, who gave him 1,876 votes compared to Mitt Romney with 1,564 and Newt Gingrich with 1,340 according to unofficial poll results.

    Roane County Republican Party Chairman Flo Charles attributed Santorum’s success to values that inspired many Tennesseans to vote for him.

  • From dentist’s chair to health career

    Roane Medical Center administrator Jim Gann has seen a lot of changes at the hospital, including the transfer to Covenant Health.

    He recently announced his retirement in May, but Gann still plans to have some part in the move into the state-of-the-art facility under construction in Midtown.

    “I’m not going anywhere,” said Gann, who is proud of what he’ll leave behind.

  • Woman arrested in statutory rape of 13-year-old boy

    Amanda Lynn Curry Grant, 28, was arrested in Evans Heights Sunday on four counts of statutory rape against a 13-year-old boy.

    According to a report by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, Tennessee Department of Children’s Services officials received a referral stating that Grant, of 109 Odd Fellows Cemetery Road in Rockwood, had been having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy.

    On Sunday, March 4, Grant’s mother led Officer Charlie Sisson to where Grant was known to be at the time, 170 Evans Heights.

  • Finishing touches
  • Dinner to benefit Humane Society

    The Humane Society of Roane County is holding a fundraising dinner on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, from 5-7 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center.

    The menu includes Irish stew, cornbread, desert and a drink.

    The cost for adults is $6,  while  it’s $3 for children 12 and under.

    Live music will be provided, and there will be door prizes and items for sale.

  • More clarity called for in county fire chief situation

    Roane County’s plan to make Howie Rose chief of the Roane County Fire Department has some volunteer firefighters asking questions.

    “We’re not sure how to answer them right now,” West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Redwine said.

    The Roane County Commission was set to vote on making Rose the fire chief on Feb. 13, but the volunteer firefighters’ objections led the board to postpone the matter for 60 days.