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  • Looseleaf Laureate: Let us now praise the merits of flannel, fleece

    I’m such a chill baby.
    Even when temperatures inside are comfortable, the marrow in my bones seems to have an unnatural connection with the much chillier air outside.
    My joints stiffen and ache.
    This is why I have such a strong appreciation for modern textiles — despite many manufacturers’ shoddy work when it comes to piecing together women’s clothing.
    Flannel has long been a cool-weather staple, but I recently made two flannel purchases that just about rocked my chill-baby world.

  • Ross offers strength from arthritis

    Many people know Rick Ross as Kingston’s busy parks and recreation director.

    They’ve seen him at soccer fields, at Fourth of July events or around the community pool.

    But there’s something many may not know about him.

    Ross has a condition so severe that a doctor once offered to authorize a handicapped designation to make it easier for him to get around.

    Ross suffers from psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune condition.

  • Butler disciplinary hearing put off

    Next week’s Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility disciplinary hearing for Harriman attorney Donice Butler has been postponed.

    Rita Webb, the executive secretary for the board, said a conference call will be held on Monday to set a new hearing date.

    The board, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, has accused Butler of violating rules of professional conduct.

  • KINGSTON: Funding change means paving decisions could be more critical

    Kingston City Council considered repaving Kentucky Street, then pondered the future of its highway funds at the Nov. 5 council work session.

    The city gets  what are called Surface Transportation Program funds every year from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    The  money is to be spent for specific state road-related projects.

    The city learned its initial plan to spend around $330,000 on greenway amenities wouldn’t fly with state officials, though the greenway is a TDOT project.

  • Harriman man killed in Saturday accident

    Coy R. Slaven, a 35-year-old Harriman man, was killed in a Saturday morning car crash.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the wreck happened on Hwy. 27 at the intersection of Rock Bridge Road just after midnight.
    The report said Slaven ran off the road and struck a tree in his 1996 Ford Explorer.
    No other vehicles were involved in the wreck. The report didn’t say what may have caused Slaven to run off the road.
    He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

  • Beating back the bullies

    Despite school system efforts to control bullying, some say children seem more victimized than ever.  
    “I just don’t want my kids to become a statistic; grow up and be a threat to society because of their school life,” said  Benji Willis of Rockwood. “The last thing I want is for any kid to have a hard time at school or home.”
    Willis has seen the results of bullying on his own two children, a daughter and son. He thinks more could be done to  stop it.  
    For his daughter, it started in kindergarten.

  • The DAR wants you

    Veterans should have a more lasting tribute than just one day a year in their honor.
    That’s why Southwest Point Chapter National Society Daughters of the American Revolution is looking for veterans with Roane County ties to be included in a book.
    The DAR hopes to compile a collection of veterans for a hardbound book.
    The book will be sold as a fundraiser, but also will be  given to local libraries and historical organizations for historical reference and genealogy efforts.

  • Shhhh ... don’t tell the jury

    The government doesn’t want the jury in Leon Houston’s next trial to hear about his recent courtroom victory.
    On Nov. 6, a jury of eight women and four men found Houston not guilty of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance. He’s scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 18 on a charge that he made a threat to kill attorney James Logan during a telephone conversation.

  • Man struck by train, dies

    A Crossville man was struck by a train in Rockwood Saturday morning.
    James Edward Dick, 51, Crossville, was found to the side of the tracks by Blake Barakam with Norfolk Southern, according to reports by Rockwood Police Department.
    Police were dispatched around 2:30 a.m. after a call that a Norfolk Southern train had struck someone on the tracks just south of the Roane County Industrial Park overpass.
    Rockwood Fire Department and first responders also were dispatched.

  • Fly Tying at Kingston Elementary

    Woolly boogers, jigs, poppers and dry flies are just a few of the terms third, fourth and fifth graders at Kingston Elementary students are learning in the new ExCEL after school program.
    An avid fly fisherman himself, Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross has been sharing his over 25 years of fly fishing knowledge.
    “Fly fishing is one of those things that you never stop learning,” Ross said.