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  • 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    The book will be sold as a fundraiser, but also will be  given to local libraries and historical organizations for historical reference and genealogy efforts.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.

  • Jeep tribute honors Oliver Springs vet who served as driver to Gen. Patton

    A  U.S. military jeep similar to one driven by a hometown hero for one of World War II’s most famed generals was dedicated to the Tri-County Chapter 26 Disabled American Veterans.

    The vehicle is much like one Fred White Jr. drove as Gen. George S. Patton’s driver in World War II,
    and the dedication was in the deceased Oliver Springs veteran’s memory and in honor of all U.S. veterans.

  • Reporter's Notebook: No charges on pot found at Houston farm

    The marijuana agents said they found during a search of the Houston farm in January hasn’t resulted in any state or federal drug charges.
    “Common sense would tell you if they found all this marijuana, someone would have been charged,” Leon Houston said last week during his federal trial.
    Houston was accused of being in possession of firearms while high on marijuana.
    He represented himself in the three-day trial and was found not guilty.

  • Prison guard, husband land behind bars after fighting

    A prison guard at the Morgan County Correctional Complex was arrested in Roane County last week after authorities were called to her home about a domestic dispute.
    Vickie Lynn Hill, 46, and her husband, Fred Ray Hill, 49, are both charged with domestic assault, manufacturing a controlled substance and possession of a firearm during a felony. 

    Dorinda Carter, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Correction, said Vickie Lynn Hill is a corrections officer at the Morgan County prison.