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  • Accused killer released

    Accused killer Shawn Smoot was released from the Roane County Jail Tuesday morning on a $250,000 bond.
    “The parents inquired last week about wiring money to post a cash bond,” Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson said. “The money was received by wire transfer last Friday.”
    Paperwork wasn’t signed until Tuesday. Roane County Sheriff’s Assistant Beth Sams said Smoot left the jail at 10:03 a.m.

  • Gun team coach arrested

    Kirt Phillippi of Rockwood was a coach of the WSI-Oak Ridge team that won a national shooting competition in 2010.
    Last week, it wasn’t his marksmanship that interested Harriman police.
    Phillippi was charged with public intoxication on March 19 after police were called about a parking lot urination incident.
    According to police records, Officer Michael Cox was dispatched to Kroger on a report of an intoxicated man in the parking lot.

  • Levee work postponed for two weeks

    Scheduled highway lane closures for geotechnical work at the Kingston levee has been delayed by two weeks because of wintery weather conditions, TVA said.
    TVA has contracted to perform core drilling to assess the health of all 49 TVA dams as part of a continuous improvement campaign.
    Some of this work will be performed from Hwy. 70, affecting traffic flow.
    The drilling was supposed to have begun last Sunday, but will now instead begin on Sunday, April 7.
    One lane of Hwy. 70 in Kingston at the levee will be closed from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Kingston employee gives railing decorative touch

    Some old wooden railings at the lakefront in Kingston presented a dangerous problem for the city.
    The fix not only shored up the structure, but provided a spirit-lifting work of art, as well as a nod to the many fishermen the water draws.
    Rick Ross, who heads Kingston’s parks and recreation department explained how the decorative new metal railing came about.
    “The other one was just rotting out, and we needed to replace it for safety reasons,” Ross said.

  • Jim Henry honored by Boy Scouts
  • Kingston moves on search for city manager

    Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton had already proffered his resignation from the post he’d held with distinction for some 12 years on March 13.
    A special- called meeting of city council on March 21 made it official.
    With a minor change in the wording of Pinkerton’s letter — with his approval, it was altered to say that he was “resigning for retirement” rather than simply “resigning” — council unanimously accepted his decision to step down as the city’s chief administrator.

  • Radios could be lifesavers

    When Kingston Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization decided to raise money for two-way radios for each teacher, the response was surprising.

    Students brought in around $18,000 through donations and selling candy bars this year.

    “We had 420 students either donate or sell candy,” said Kristy Cantrell, PTO president.

    She believes the focus on safety in schools played a big role in the response from families.

    Cantrell said the group asked school personnel what a big need was for the school.

  • Holocaust studies may help future

    Several Ridge View Elementary School students spend part of their after-school activities learning about the tragedies of the Holocaust, the systematic murder of millions of Jews by Nazi Germany.

    It’s the second year the students will be putting on a Holocaust Remembrance ceremony at Rockwood’s Homecoming Park.

    This year’s event is April 11 at 6 p.m. and will feature a guest speaker.

  • Tony winner, OS native Levi Kreis to be in concert

    Tony Award winner and hometown boy Levi Kreis will be in Knoxville performing at Pellissippi State Community College on March 30.

    In 2010, the Oliver Springs native won a Tony for his performance as Jerry Lee Lewis in “Million Dollar Quartet” on Broadway. The play is based on the famous recording session with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Lewis and Carl Perkins.

    Kreis’ concert in Pellissippi State’s Clayton Performing Arts Center on the Hardin Valley campus is the only Tennessee stop on his Flying Solo tour.