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  • Man accused in Kingston fake money case

    Christopher J. Burchell, a 24-year-old Pleasant View man, was charged with counterfeiting on Wednesday for allegedly passing fake money in Kingston.

    According to the police report, employees at the Little Caesar’s on North Kentucky Street declined to accept a $100 bill from a man wearing a green-hooded jacket and a black wig.

    Kingston Police Lt. Caleb Strayer said he found the suspect, identified as Burchell, at the Rocky Top Market across the street from Little Caesar’s.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Comfort dashed when it comes to ashes

    Tucked away in my dresser drawer is a small, wooden box just big enough to hold a neatly folded, but perhaps tear-stained handkerchief.

    But that’s not what it really holds.

    The box — sturdy, but poorly finished — supposedly holds the ashes of my beloved cat Yoda. Yoda’s life ended when we lived in Arizona more than a decade ago.

    While I have never been able to toss the box, I have long ago decided that it is unlikely that much, if any, of Yoda is in there.

  • Christmas Lumber leader John Smith dies

    The longtime former chairman and president of Christmas Lumber Co.  has died.

    John W. Harvey Smith died last Wednesday, Nov. 27.

    A World War II and Korean War veteran who graduated from West Point in 1950, Smith first entered into business with his father-in-law James David Christmas at the Harriman lumber and hardware business before he later bought it.

  • Woman alleges fake police stop, is charged herself

    Courtney Rochelle Griggs, 23, was charged with filing a false report on Nov. 26 for allegedly lying about being stopped by a police impersonator.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office said Griggs filed the report on Nov. 25.

    “Griggs claimed to have been stopped by a subject dressed in a law enforcement uniform, driving an unmarked police car,” the report said. “She reported that she had her vehicle and purse searched on Decatur Highway just before the Coastal Market at the Decatur Highway/Loudon Highway junction.”

  • Clarification offered in DUI evidence gathering

    The 9th Judicial District’s new DUI prosecutor is giving police departments guidance on taking warrantless blood draws from impaired driving suspects.

    It’s a matter of timing.

  • New Hope Road accident

     

    A white Ford F-150 lay upside down in an embankment off New Hope Road near Caney Creek Wednesday morning. The male driver refused treatment at the scene.

  • Harriman Christmas Parade rescheduled again — to Dec. 16

    Due to sports programs already scheduled, the Harriman Christmas parade has again been rescheduled — this time to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.

    The parade, originally scheduled for tonight, was postponed to Tuesday, Dec. 10, because of the forecast of heavy rain this evening.

    The print version of the Roane County News has the incorrect rescheduled date. The second change was made after the Friday paper went to press.

  • Making math fun
  • Practice makes perfect

    Renaissance Terrace environmental service supervisor Erin Green got help from Harriman Fire Chief Brad Gross during the annual fire extinguisher hands-on training day at the facility. Renaissance Terrace works with Harriman Fire Department so that its staff will have experience with the safety equipment if a fire was to occur.

  • Let the Christmas parades begin

    Youngsters wave and throw candy from the Liberty Baptist Church of Kingston’s float in Kingston’s Christmas parade Monday evening. View more photos below in the multimedia section.