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  • More county land purchases anticipated

    Anyone with property to sell adjacent to the Roane County Jail might not have trouble finding a buyer.

    “I think it’s in the best interest of the county to start looking at that area over there for what we may need three, four, five, 10 years down the road,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told commissioners at their August meeting.

    The jail, on Third Street in Kingston, is connected to the Dollar General Store and near several dwellings.

  • Wreck on Hwy. 70
  • A good day for a stroll
  • A Rockwood princess faces rare genetic disorder

    A rare condition creates daily struggles for a Rockwood girl, but she and the grandparents who are raising her do the best they can to live normally.

    For Emilie Gregg, 6, this includes going back to kindergarten despite a genetic disorder known as plasminogen deficiency, which causes thick, sometimes wood-like masses to develop in her eyes and in other parts of her body, including her mouth and trachea.  

  • Houstons no show at hearing

    One courtroom spectator commented that it was the easiest Houston hearing on record. That happens when the brothers don’t show up, which was the case on Friday.   

    “Is there any sign that the defendants are present anywhere in the courthouse?” Circuit Judge Amy Hollars asked moments after she took the bench for the 1 p.m. hearing.  

    Rocky and Leon Houston were no where to be found.

  • Grill & Pub: Where a kid can be a kid?

    A bar Roane County authorities have described as a haven for crime and unruly behavior played host to some children on Aug. 20. Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton had an inflatable erected on the outside of the bar for his granddaughter’s birthday party.   

       
    “I rented it for her,” Norton said. “They came and set it up that morning. We had about 30 kids that played on it. They had a ball.”

    Norton said the space outside the bar was an ideal spot for the inflatable.  

  • Fallen officer ride in its fifth year

    A mix of Harley-Davidson and Honda motorcycles revved out of the parking lot at Fort Southwest Point earlier this month for the fifth annual Fallen Officers Memorial Ride.

    Organizers said the riders headed south down Hwy. 58 to Sweetwater and then traveled back up north to Kingston.

  • Aggravated rape charges dropped

    Three of four charges have been dropped against a Rockwood man who was accused of assaulting a woman in Oak Ridge. Edward Eugene Chatman was arrested by Oak Ridge police on Aug. 21, and charged with aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated burglary and reckless endangerment.

    Chatman’s attorney, Mike Ritter of Oak Ridge, said the state dropped the aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and reckless endangerment charges because there wasn’t any proof to substantiate them.

  • Poor, pitiful Grill & Pub owner?

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland has accused Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton and his attorney Greg Isaacs of waging a sympathetic media campaign.
    “Mr. Norton and Mr. Isaacs seem to be wanting to try the case in the newspaper,” McFarland said. “I’ve done heard about all I want to hear about poor Mr. Norton.”

  • ‘Missing’ man found – at hospital

    A family’s search for a missing Harriman man found him — he’d been in Roane Medical Center.
    Virginia Robinson Haynes said medical privacy restrictions kept family from knowing her brother, Robert Robinson, had been admitted last Friday — even though the family had checked with the hospital. Robinson, she said, sometimes suffers from confusion.
    Haynes said the family still would be in the dark if Robinson’s son hadn’t seen him on a bench outside the hospital after his discharge Wednesday. He was last seen Friday on Pansy Hill Road.