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  • Fatality on Airport Road

    Alcohol may have been involved in an Airport Road accident that killed a Rockwood woman and injured a child.
    Driver Anna R. Hall, 44, died in the Sunday night accident, and her daughter, Morgan A. Hall, 11, was injured.
    The report said the driver had been drinking and tests for alcohol and drugs were requested.
    Hall was not wearing a seat belt and the reporting officer believed that could have made a difference.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Aytes should learn from his baptism by fire

    Some few days ago we repeated an experience that seems to come with increasing frequency, that is, the loss of old friends.
    In both cases these gentlemen, and also in both cases that term — gentle men — is particularly appropriate, were kind, knowledgeable, friendly, public-spirited, good humoured, and just down-right likable.
    The first, and oldest, Walt Goolsby, we had known the shortest time, but even the shortest time was measured in decades, rather than years.

  • County executive says school budget problems still loom

    There were few winners in the adoption of the 2014 budget, and what becomes important to understand going forward is that the financial problems have not been solved.
    What took place with the adoption of the 2014 budget is hopefully we have recognized we have a serious financial problem.
    Schools are running out of savings to balance their budget.
    Hopefully, the adopted 2014 budget helped all parties understand that a problem exists. One can only live out of their savings for a limited time and then the problem becomes even bigger.

  • GUEST OPINION: Rolling Stone cover a lesson in First Amendment

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Don’t like the latest Rolling Stone magazine, featuring “glam, rock-star” photo treatment on the cover of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?
    Don’t buy the magazine.

  • Despite rain, boat racers liked running in Kingston

    Despite a nasty stretch of weather the week of July 4, Kingston’s hosting of the American Power Boat Association’s pro class national championship over the summer holiday season boded well for the city’s future in boat racing.
    A long spate of rainy days leading into the holiday led the city to postpone its annual Smokin’ the Water holiday festivities and fireworks show until July 13.

  • Vendors, donations sought for Hooray fest

    Officials say vendors are still needed to make this year’s Hooray for Harriman the best yet.
    Event chairman Randy Ellis said anyone interested in participating in the city’s yearly Labor Day festival can go online to http://hoorayforharriman.info/ to find out more information.
    He could also use more donations for the event, which is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 2, 2013.
    This year’s festival will continue many of the traditional attractions —  including live music at Princess Theatre.

  • Fight leads to new charges against Richard Carl Johnson Jr.

    A fight and threats involving a knife landed a man in jail on multiple charges of assault.
    Richard Carl Johnson Jr., 48, 213 Crystal Lane, Oliver Springs, was charged with two counts aggravated assault, two counts reckless endangerment, aggravated child abuse and neglect, public intoxication and unlawful carry.

  • Rockwood changes leadership

    Rockwood has a new vice mayor.
    Rockwood Mayor James Watts recommended Jason Jolly take over the position that Councilwoman Peggy Evans had held since she was the top vote getter in her election.

    Jolly was joined by council members Jane Long, Pete Wright and James Nuckols in voting himself into the seat.
    Evans argued to continue in the role.
    “I think what I have done justifies extending this term, but if you don’t want to, that is fine,” Evans said.

  • Hawkins’ star shines

    Christian Hawkins was pleased just to make it to the SkillsUSA national competition in Kansas City.
    The rising Roane County High School senior was ecstatic to find out he placed fourth in the three-and-a-half hour advertising design competition held in late June.

    “I couldn’t believe it,” Hawkins said. “That gives me a lot of potential for next year.
    SkillsUSA features an array of competitions for various skills from computers to cosmetology.

  • Man charged in severe beating

    Six officers were sent to Ten Mile to arrest Daniel Phillip Thompson, 39, on domestic aggravated assault charges.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, the officers were sent on July 18 to McElhaney Road to look for Thompson.
    “We received instructions from Captain (Tim) Hawn via radio not to go to the subject’s house due to the report of the weapons that he possibly had,” the report said. “Captain Hawn advised to catch him as he was leaving in his vehicle.”