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  • Deputy’s efforts help motorist in sinking car

    From STAFF REPORTS
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith helped a man escape an “almost” submerged vehicle Sunday morning.
    According to the sheriff’s office, Kingston and county officers responded to a 911 call about a man driving his car into the lake.
    While checking the old lake access at the end of Ferguson Lane, Smith observed a car about 60 feet out in the water.

  • Kingston wants refund from Tennessee

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The city of Kingston will ask the Tennessee Department of Transportation for a refund, or so city council members decided at a recent council session.
    Trouble is, no one knows how such a request will go over; the state doesn’t have a refund aisle, or a customer service desk, nor even a complaint department.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Road trips ought to include some leg stretching

    It’s the holiday season, and that means two things: Chances are you’ve been on the road and eating more than normal.
    I’m just as guilty as anyone else.
    Last weekend, Derek and I gathered with his siblings at his parents in Western Kentuucky.
    We brought snacks.
    They brought snacks.
    His sister made a yummy beef-and-cheese-laden tamale casserole for dinner, and his mother produced Key lime pie for dessert.

  • Kingston greenway bridge issues won’t change planned completion

    A subcontractor in the ongoing Ladd Greenway project nearly burned its bridges before building them by attempting to add a new design element at a substantial extra cost — well after prices and plans were a matter of record.
    Ladd project engineer Danl Hall explained to Kingston City Council members at the November work session that when construction firm Stethen Smith won the Ladd project with a low bid last year, they contracted with the U.S. Bridge Co. to build a pedestrian bridge as part of the three-part greenway.
    The contract was signed a year ago.

  • Assessor’s candidate charged with DUI

    A two-time candidate for Roane County property assessor has been charged over an alleged drunk-driving incident.
    Kingston police arrested Steven Robinette Friday night.
    He has been charged with DUI and violation of the implied consent law.
    According to the arrest report, police responded to the city park area after a caller reported a silver truck had “run out of the road several times.”

  • Leftover TVA ash funds assigned

    Roane County Schools will be allowed to use the surplus from its $32 million building program on more projects.
    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation met recently and approved the move.
    The foundation was formed in 2009 to disburse $43 million TVA made available to Roane County and its cities because of the fly ash catastrophe that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    Approximately $1.7 million was left from the $32 million the foundation approved for the school building program. 

  • Burglary at golf course rattles city

    A break-in at the Emory Golf Course in Harriman last week has officials thinking of getting cameras.
    Councilman Kenyon Mee said someone smashed the register and got a small amount of cash and drinks.
    “The new one is going to be around the $2,000 range,” Mee said of a register.
    Mee added that the  board had discussed a security system before.
    They are also considering going to a register that can do point-of-service transactions for debit and credit cards.

  • Local detective honored for his drug work

    Jason Mynatt’s resume just got more impressive.
    The detective with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office recently was named the Eastern District Narcotics Officer of the Year and the State Narcotics Officer of the Year at the Tennessee Narcotics Officers Association Training Conference.
    “It was an honor,” he said.
    Mynatt is a member of the Roane County Joint Drug Unit, which was named the Drug Unit of the Year at the conference.
    Rockwood Police Department detective Josh Rymer, a member of the unit, called the honor humbling.

  • Soldier for Germany in World War II talks of experiences, good and evil

    Unlike many former prisoners of war, German Army veteran Gerhard Hennes has fond memories of his time in captivity.
    A lieutenant in the Afrika Corps, Hennes spent two years in World War II POW camps — including a year at Crossville — after being captured at Tunisia in 1943 by the British.
    He said he ate well and was treated fairly by his captors, in stark contrast to how his own army dealt with the Russian prisoners he encountered in the autumn of 1941.

  • Kingston considers solar farm

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston City Council members went down to the farm recently and came back enthusiastic and ready to plant.
    Solar panels, that is.
    Mayor Troy Beets and Council Members Don White and Norm Sugarman visited a solar farm in Franklin, as part of council’s ongoing consideration of placing such an operation in Kingston.
    A solar farm is a dense collection of solar panels that produce electricity, which can then be used or resold at a profit.