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  • Thunder Road Festival Saturday in Rockwood

    Rockwood Thunder Road Festival is roaring back this Saturday with a mix of old and new draws.

    “We already have a great amount of vendors and cars signed up,” said event organizer Bill Anderson.

    New for this year is the Moonshine Runners Obstacle Course at Homecoming Park.

    The first run will begin at 11:45 a.m. A second run will start at 1 p.m. The event has a $2 entry fee.

    Also this year is a best costume for moonshiner or hillbilly. The winner of Mr. and Mrs. Best Moonshiner will be announced at 3:30 p.m.

  • Gardeners with good hearts sought

    Volunteers are invited to assist with the Roane State Community Garden, located near the college’s main campus.

    An informational meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in the Student Lounge on the Roane County campus.

    The garden is open to everyone in the community, along with all Roane State students and employees. Expert farmers and beginners are welcome.

    Half of the bounty from the garden is donated to local charities to help feed the needy.

  • Powers' case in officer-involved shooting bound over

    UPDATE: The case against Christopher Lee Powers in a Feb. 9 officer-involved shooting was bound over to the grand jury Monday afternoon.

    Powers is facing a multitude of charges in relation to an incident that started with a high-speed chase and ended with Sheriff's Deputy John Mayes shooting at Powers with his service weapon at the Airport Road exit of Interstate 40.

    During Monday's hearing, Mayes testified that Powers had a .26 blood-alcohol that night.

    The legal limit in Tennessee is .08.

  • Ex-cop now up on murder attempt

    Former TVA and Lenoir City police officer Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, accused of shooting his ex-wife Jenny Lynn Gambrell multiple times in the chest last week, is now facing stiffer charges.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson advised Roane County Sheriff’s Investigator Greg Scalf to upgrade the charges to attempted second-degree murder, according to a news release sent out last week.

    Gambrell, 41, was initially charged with aggravated assault. The decision was made to upgrade the charges after Scalf was able to interview the victim.

  • Dough for denture damage

    A man who claimed he broke a partial denture eating a crouton at Pizza Hut in Harriman won a judgment against the restaurant on Friday.

    Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks awarded Everett Chatman $2,400, interest and court costs.

    “We tried to work it out with their insurance company, but they never wanted to talk,” Rockwood attorney Mark Foster said Friday. “So we went ahead and filed.”

    Foster represented Chatman in the case.

  • County drivers at fault but not cited

    Two county employees were found at fault in crashes that occurred last month while driving county vehicles.

    Neither was cited nor arrested.

    “When a trooper or any law enforcement officer makes contact with an individual, he/she has the discretion to give verbal or written warnings, issue a citation or make an arrest,” Tennessee Highway Patrol Lt. Bill Miller said.

    The THP investigated both accidents because they involved county vehicles.

  • No quake damage to retaining wall

    The underground retaining wall at the TVA ash spill cleanup site held up just fine during an earthquake earlier this month, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

    The 2.5-magnitude earthquake centered about 7 miles east/northeast of Kingston the afternoon of March 8.

    “The perimeter stabilization wall did not sustain any damage,” EPA Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller said.

  • Attorney Donice Butler suspended

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler has been temporarily suspended by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    According to the March 13 order, the court took the action because Butler failed to respond to the Board of Professional Responsibility concerning a complaint of misconduct.

    “This suspension remains in effect until dissolution or modification by the Supreme Court,” a board press release on Butler’s suspension said.

  • SEUSSIFY YOUR APPETITE

    A second-grade classroom at Kingston Elementary could have easily been confused for a restaurant earlier this month.

    Twenty different waiters and waitresses could be found running around.

    Jeri Allen’s second-graders opened the doors of Dr. Seuss’s Readers Cafe.

    It’s the seventh time students under her tutelage have taken on the project.

    “We serve up books all day long,” Allen said.

    Much like a café where you eat, students dress and hold roles as servers, hosts and chefs for their peers.

  • Yager bill aims to protect volunteer drivers from liability

    Legislation which encourages good Samaritans to volunteer to take senior citizens to places such as doctor appointments, the grocery store or the pharmacy has received final state Senate approval.

    The Protection of Volunteer-Insured Drivers of the Elderly Act, sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, would help non-profit Human Resource Agencies and charitable organizations by giving transportation volunteers civil immunity as they seek to provide these citizens the help they need to remain independent.