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  • Siteworx suit against county dismissed

    Siteworx LLC’s lawsuit against Roane County has been dismissed.

    “It can be appealed, but it’s over for right now,” Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said.

    The lawsuit was filed in Roane County Chancery Court on April 24, 2008. McFarland said it was dismissed for failure to prosecute.

    In addition to the county, Henson Construction Services Inc., Clay Williams & Associates Inc. and Western Surety Co. were also defendants in the lawsuit.

  • Kingston attends to matters of play

    Kingston City Council members attended to matters of play at their March 13 council session.

    The play came in the form of reports on various park projects. Council learned that preliminary plans for a revamped Gertrude Porter Park — the recreational facility recently deeded to the city by Roane County Commission — are now on file at City Hall. City Manager David Bolling said the effort to apply for a state Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant to pay for planned revisions is going “pretty well.” The grant application has to be submitted in April.

  • Harriman officials cast eye toward city’s future during visioning process

    Harriman residents get to let their voices be heard in what they want for the city by 2035.

    Harriman City Council began its longterm visioning process Tuesday, and the intent is to invite the members of the community to a four-hour work session one Saturday in the future to share their feedback on what they’d like to see the city like in the future.

  • Chattanooga gains from Kingston man’s leadership

    The Chattanooga area has gained from the leadership of a Kingston man.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol’s Chattanooga District was recently named district of the year after traffic fatalities dropped significantly last year — despite high-volume traffic and lots of road construction.

    THP Chattanooga District Captain Jessie Brooks, who took over last year but still lives in Kingston, praised his employees for their work ethic.

  • Fire calls keep officials busy

    A Kingston family lost its home in a Monday morning fire at 1109 Old N. Kentucky St.

    “It looks like it started in the front portion of the home,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon. “This guy lost everything in the house.”

    Gordon said nobody was home when the fire was called in at 4:45 a.m.  The home is owned by James King.

    Other recent Roane County fires includes a empty structure at 1765 Eureka Road last week.

  • Gallaher released after bond reduced

    Eric Gallaher was released from the Roane County Jail on March 14 after the bond in his drug case was reduced from $100,000 to $25,000.

    Gallaher, 33, was arrested last month after being indicted for allegedly selling cocaine in a school zone.

    Defense attorney Donice Butler filed a motion to reduce his bond. She said $100,000 was excessive and not necessary.

  • Sex offender enters gun plea

    Convicted sex offender Charles Daniel Mullins pleaded guilty in his federal firearms case Tuesday.

    The plea came two weeks after he signed a deal with the government that calls for him to serve 10 years in federal prison.

  • Guilty verdict in Rocky Houston federal trial

    It took a jury of nine men and three women a little less than two hours Wednesday to return a guilty verdict in the federal firearms case against Rocky Joe Houston.

    Houston was remanded back into the custody of U.S. Marshals following the verdict finding him guilty of being a felon in possession of firearms.

    His sentencing hearing is set for June 26.

  • Go, speedracer!

    Cassandra Dothard went a step further than just giving out a simple extra credit assignment.

    Instead she gave her sixth grade science students an opportunity to build a small vehicle with whatever they had handy and over the course of two days last week tested them for how far they could travel down an incline and across the hall.

    “They could use anything they wanted as long as it was eight inches by eight inches. They had to design it so it would go the farthest without being pushed.

  • Mayfield endorses Fleischmann for 3rd

    Scottie Mayfield has endorsed Chuck Fleischmann’s re-election campaign, and been named honorary chairman of the campaign.

    Mayfield is the president emeritus at Mayfield Dairy Farms, and was the runner-up in the 2012 Republican primary between Congressman Fleischmann, himself, and Weston Wamp.