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  • Physicians join fight against drugs

    Count many of Roane County’s doctors among those in the community concerned about the growing abuse of pain medication and physicians who prescribe it so readily.
    Throw in a sheriff whose own son has battled addiction to pain pills.
    What you end up with is a search for answers.
    A roomful of local doctors, Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton and state Sen. Ken Yager met recently to discuss what they can do to alleviate the problem.
    Stockton told of his own son’s issues with addiction and his recent treatment at a facility.

  • Rarity gets new name, county gets old taxes

    Things could be turning around for the once-beleagured Rarity Ridge subdivision.
    The Oak Ridge development has a new name — The Preserve at Clinch River — and Roane County recently received payment for back taxes on the properties. 
    Developer Mike Ross, who  went bankrupt and has been sued by investors in his handful of high-end Rarity developments, owed the county hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid property taxes.

  • Judge renders not-guilty verdict in rape trial

    A jury of seven women and five men was picked to hear the case of a Kingston man accused of a sex crime.
    However, they never got to deliberate.
    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said Criminal Court Judge Eugene Eblen granted a directed verdict of not guilty at the conclusion of the state’s proof on Tuesday.
    Michael K. Torrans, 46, was charged with aggravated statutory rape. Reedy said the judge’s decision means he cannot be retried under double-jeopardy rules.
    The alleged crime occurred on Memorial Day weekend in 2009.

  • Cancer survivor tribute part of Roane relay

    Relay for Life of Roane County is holding a tribute for local survivors of cancer this month.
    “We have a really exciting event,” said Relay chairwoman Fran Puckett.
    Relay organizers are hosting a survivors afternoon of fun on Sunday, March 25.
    “At lunch, we’re going to have finger foods for all survivors,” Puckett added.
    The reception will be from 1 to 2 p.m. in room O-105 of the  O’Brien Building at Roane State Community College.

  • Kingston man severely beaten

    STAFF REPORTS
    Kingston police are investigating an aggravated robbery that occurred on March 11. According to the report, officers went to 1217 Blossom Lane for a possible burglary in progress.
    David Gibson was found lying in the front yard when police arrived. He was in bad shape, according to the report, and was flown to the University of Tennessee Medical Center by Lifestar.
    “The only thing I can tell you now is it’s an ongoing investigation,” Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said Friday.

  • Line insurance not a municipal thing, local utility warns

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas has nothing to do with a water-line insurance sales pitch that has been circulating in the Rockwood service area.
    A customer recently shared a letter from a company called HomeServe USARepair Management Corp., providing insurance for the repair and service for the customer’s portion of water service line.
    The company has been in trouble in other state, resulting in settlements with state officials.
    “I would like our customers to know this is not through us or endorsed by us,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

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  • Kingston OKs buy for new city hall

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council manifested an Edifice Complex at its March 13 session, moving forward with plans that could see the town with both a new city hall and a new YMCA.

    The first one will cost. Council approved the purchase of the soon-to-be-vacant Kingston Medical Plaza for $1.45 million and approved a loan application for $2 million to the Tennessee Municipal Bond Fund for the purchase and subsequent renovations.

    Council had said at the previous week’s work session that

  • Assessor hopefuls describe strategies

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham is quick to point out what the four people who want her job have in common.

    “None of them have any experience in running this office,” she said.

    That’s not a bad thing, according to candidate David Morgan.

    “If experience gets us what we have now, then I’d be better off going into the job without any experience and just a little common sense,” he said.

  • Tiger Haven suit moved to Loudon

    The lawsuit filed by some East Roane County residents against Tiger Haven has been moved to neighboring Loudon County.

    According to Roane County Circuit Court records, an agreed order for a change of venue was entered on March 1.

    The entire court file, according to the records, was sent to Loudon County Circuit Court on March 13.

    Tiger Haven is at 237 Harvey Road in East Roane County. The facility houses several types of big cats, including tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.