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  • Firefighter critical after hitting horse

    Caleb Wilson, a Roane County High School senior, was injured on Tuesday after his car collided with an animal. He had to be flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center.  

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said one of his officers, Jamie Melton, was traveling on Gallaher Road and witnessed the accident.

    “He was right there at it when the horse ran in front of the kid,” Washam said.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated the crash. Washam said the horse belonged to someone on Little Johnson Valley Road.

  • More time requested in TVA trial

    Lawyers for the plaintiffs in the lawsuit over the TVA ash spill want more time to turn in post-trial submissions.

    The deadline for submissions was Thursday.

    Attorneys for the plaintiffs filed a motion asking for the deadline to be extended to Tuesday.

    TVA attorneys did not object to an extension, according to the motion.

  • Redistricting opponents emerge

    Public pressure has been ratcheted up on state Rep. Julia Hurley to do something about a redistricting plan that splits Roane County into separate House districts.
    “We want our county kept together,” Swan Pond resident Sarah McCoin said.
    McCoin said she started a Facebook group titled “Tell Tennessee House Reps: Keep Roane County Together.”
    By Monday the group had over 600 members. 
    McCoin and County Commissioner Randy Ellis, who now is considering a run against Hurley, are administrators of the Facebook group.

  • INTERNATIONAL HERO

    A Roane County World War II veteran will be given one of France’s highest honors because of his contribution to the liberation of France from German occupation.
    Harold Davis will be bestowed with the Légion d’Honneur in Atlanta Thursday. He is among 17 other veterans receiving the award.
    Davis, who fought in the Eighth Air Force, served in England on the crew of a B-24 Liberator bomber against German fighting planes.

  • Ellis may run for state rep

    Last spring, Randy Ellis said he had no plans to run for the state representative seat held by Julia Hurley.
    Ellis, a District 2 Roane County commissioner, has since changed his mind and is now contemplating a run against Hurley in the Republican primary.
    “I’m in the decision-making process of whether I’ll run or not,” he said.
    Ellis said the reversal stems from responses he’s gotten from people in the last few days.

  • County Dems open office

    STAFF REPORTS
    The Roane County Democratic Party is holding a grand opening at its headquarters at 108 Court St. in Kingston at noon Saturday.
    Third District Congressional candidate William Taylor of Chattanooga is among the guest speakers.
    Hotdogs and and snacks will be served and pictures can be taken with cardboard cutouts of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joseph Biden.
    The RCDP executive committee meeting will be held immediately after the grand opening.

  • Cameras watch I-40 slide area

    With freezing temperatures on the way, the Tennessee Department of Transportation is keeping a closer eye than many may realize on the rock-slide-prone areas of Interstate 40 in Roane County.

    TDOT has long been aware of a slow-moving slide zone around mile marker 342.

    It has, in fact, installed two traffic cameras there. The cameras are at markers 341.3 and 341.6 on the I-40 east stretch.

  • Say ‘cheese’! Cameras doing the job, but only half have been installed

    By Mike Gibson
    When it was reported that several of Kingston’s scheduled new public park surveillance cameras were still not operational, irate city council members were ready to cast scrutiny on the company responsible for installing them.

    “I’ve personally got a problem with their work ethic, with how this is being done,” said Councilman Norm Sugarman during the council’s Jan. 3 work session.

  • Developers again suing Harriman official

    The people behind the Pinnacle Pointe development are still sore with Harriman City Treasurer Charles Kerley.

    After asking for and receiving a voluntary dismissal of their $3.3 million lawsuit against him in July, Jerry and Judy Duncan along with Steve Kirkham refiled the complaint in October.

    They allege Kerley besmirched them in a letter to the editor that was published in the Roane County News.

    The same amount of damages are sought.  

    “These allegations by Charles R. Kerley were publicly print-

  • Police say man threatened to kill workers at sandwich shop

    Kingston police arrested a 53-year-old man Thursday morning after he allegedly threatened to kill workers at the Subway on North Kentucky Street.

    Joel Glenn Willis, whose home address was listed as 113 Orchard Road, Kingston, was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, assault and resisting arrest.

    “He didn’t try to rob them,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said. “He just made some off-the-wall threats toward them, but it was serious enough that we charged him with it.”