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  • Judge ends Houston hearing

    Hearing after hearing, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. has struggled with a defiant Leon Houston.
    Monday morning was no different.
    “I have it in every transcript,” Shirley told Houston. “You will not listen to me.”
    Houston was indicted in January on one count of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
    Last week the government filed a superseding indictment, which replaces the one filed in January.

  • Rockwood kids listen to Lorax

    Teachers Tim Ensminger and Jessica Alred said taking care of the environment is one of the main focuses of the science clubs at Rockwood Middle and Rockwood High School.
    That was evident on a recent Saturday morning when the students spruced up the recycle container that sits between the schools and planted a tree at the high school. 
    “We’re here to help the earth,” junior Matthew Stamey said, “anything we can do at school and in the community to help make it more green and efficient is a good thing.”

  • Gov. vetoes controversial Ag-Gag bill

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam this week said he will veto HB 1191/SB 1248, more commonly known as the “Ag-Gag” Bill.
    The bill would have, by restricting photography, made it a crime for whistleblowers to document and expose unethical and illegal activity in horse stables and at industrial agriculture facilities.

  • Bolling in as Kingston manager

    By Friday morning, Kingston’s list of candidates for the open city manager’s position had been whittled down to David. And David.
    By 2 that afternoon, there was only one David left — David Bolling, a former Oliver Springs town administrator and Clinton native whose most recent stopover was a year-long stint in the town of Newcastle, Maine.

  • Accused killer broke?

    Last summer, accused murderer Shawn Smoot insisted he was poor.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy is now skeptical of that claim and wants a review of Smoot’s indigent status.

    “The defendant is currently residing in the community of Corryton, Tenn., which the state recently determined is less than five miles from the residence of John and Brittany Myers, the sister and brother-in-law of the deceased victim in this matter, Brooke Nicole Morris,” Reedy wrote.

  • Ladd answers sought

    After months of holding their tongues on slowdowns that have attended the Ladd Landing Greenway project, Kingston City Council members let loose with a barrage of concerns at a work session on May 7.

    Unfortunately, engineer Kent Olson of Vaughn and Melton was the only one present to field the complaints.

    Olson was at the meeting as a fill-in for Danl Hall, the man who is actually the chief engineer on the project. Thus, he was unable to answer council’s sometimes-pointed questions as to why the project is experiencing difficulties.

  • Hats off to Mom — and Gram
  • Popular Harriman baker poised to make farmers market comeback

    Baked goods are an old favorite making a comeback this year to Harriman Farmers Market.

    Mary Beth Banner Crass, who sold baked goods at the market in 2008 when she owned Utopia Cafe in downtown Harriman, will have her baked pastries, muffins, pies and cinnamon rolls when the market opens for the season on June 1 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

  • New date for yearly plant sale

    Rain on May 4 postponed the Master Gardeners of Roane County plant sale.

    The new date for the eighth annual plant sale is May 18. Plants will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ladd Landing, Kingston.

    This is a public opportunity to obtain plants, knowledge and information from trained volunteers through the Tennessee Master Gardener Program of Roane County and the University of Tennessee Extension.

    A variety of perennials, annuals, native plants, house plants, shrubs, grasses, vines, herbs, trees, vegetables and yard art will be available.

  • Glenn Miller Orchestra to be in Harriman

    The famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will be playing this weekend in Harriman’s Princess Theatre.

    The Princess Theatre Foundation has lined up the Big Band orchestra, which will strike up at 7 p.m. May 18, and other well-known performers in the coming months to continue supporting the theatre monetarily.

    “The foundation’s goal is to raise funds to donate to [Roane State Community College] to continue to keep the doors open,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.