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  • Board seeks deal with Santek

    The Roane County Industrial Development Board voted unanimously to move forward with a proposal that could bring another industry to Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Gerry Eastman of DEKD is considering building a facility in the park and leasing it to Santek. The waste management company is headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn.  

  • Restaurant sues Kingston, excavator

    The owners of Kittrell’s Kitchen are suing the city of Kingston and a Crossville excavating company.

    Knoxville attorney James K. Scott filed the lawsuit on behalf of Gregory and Annette Kittrell in Roane County Circuit Court.  

    Kittrell’s Kitchen is at 1190 Gallaher Road. The lawsuit alleges that the city selected Norris Brothers Excavating LLC “to temporarily take and work” on the Kittrells’ property.

  • Councilman’s blood-alcohol high

    A new court date has not been set for Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure for his driving under the influence arrest on May 22.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said McClure had a blood-alcohol level of .21. The legal limit is .08.
    “That came straight from the officer,” Stockton said Monday afternoon.
    McClure’s original Roane County General Sessions court date was Monday, Aug. 20, reset to Monday, Aug. 27.
    His attorney, Tom McFarland, was not reached for comment by press time.

  • Silence in video in resigned cop case

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton released video taken from the patrol car of the deputy who arrested Rockwood Fire Department Capt. David Mitchell on Aug. 26.
    The District Attorney General’s Office chose not to prosecute Mitchell for obstruction of justice and resisting arrest after Deputy Derek Kennedy resigned.
    According to a report Kennedy filed, Mitchell asked dispatch to send a wrecker service after his granddaughter Miranda wrecked a BMW in the Buttermilk Road area.

  • County lets Morgan do own job

    The Roane County Commission voted 13-0 to withdraw a resolution that called for the county to contract with a former employee of the property assessor’s office.
    County Executive Ron Woody filed the resolution at the request of the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office. The former employee under consideration was Melvin Moore, who the resolution said retired.

  • ‘Santek Project’ needs more info

    The Roane County Industrial Development Board has a special-called meeting today — Wednesday — to discuss the “Santek Project.”
    Santek is a solid waste management company headquartered in Cleveland, Tenn.
    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Santek is considering a site in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • ‘Rare’ exhibit treat for art lovers

    Local art enthusiasts had a chance to view the work of African American artist Harold Winslow during an exhibit hosted Aug. 31-Sept. 10 by the main campus of Roane State Community College.
    A sampling of Winslow’s works were on display in both the O’Brien Art Gallery and the lobby of Roane State’s Library.
    “It’s rare that we get an exhibit on the retrospective on an established artist,” said Bryan Wilkerson, associate professor of art at Roane State Community College.

  • Man’s death appears to be accidental

    The death of a 50-year-old man on Monday may have been the result of a gun-cleaning accident.
    “It appeared that he was cleaning his shotgun and shot himself in the chest,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.
    The incident happened at 810 Dogwood Valley Road in East Roane County.
    Sheriff’s Deputy Greg Russell responded and reported finding Ronnie Jaynes in the basement laying on the floor with what appeared to be a gunshot wound to the chest.

  • Kingston explores solar energy

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Mayor Troy Beets has a vision for Kingston to enter the farming business, but it won’t require any gardening tools or a green thumb.
    At a recent meeting of the Tennessee Renewable Energy and Economic Development Council in Cookeville — Beets is on the council’s board — members heard a presentation from a company that builds solar farms, or clusters of electricity-producing solar farms, on public lands or on building tops.

  • Rockwood utility truck hit by car

    A Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas truck and a car were involved in a Friday morning accident on Wheeler Street not far from the utilities’ warehouse on Church Street.

    The front driver’s side of the Buick and a toolbox on the utility vehicle were damaged.

    Trooper Gary Snow said the fault was the driver of the Buick, Jimmy Charles Sexton Sr., who was traveling east on East Wheeler Street. The truck was traveling west on Wheeler Street toward Gateway Avenue.