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  • Victim dies in Kingston domestic violence case

    Kingston police and the District Attorney General’s Office were scheduled to meet to determine how to proceed in a domestic-violence case that turned deadly.
    “We should have some direction after that,” Police Chief Jim Washam said.
    James R. Cobb, 63, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville on April 4 after being shot at his home at 814 Rosedale Ave.
    He died on Saturday.
    “It was complications due to the gunshot wound,” Washam said. 

  • Another scenic route planned through Roane

    An effort to promote the Upper Cumberland and Cumberland Plateau region includes seeking a federal designation for the old Walton Road as the Walton Road Scenic Byway.

    A meeting was recently held to get public input on how to promote the old wagon road, which started in Roane County around Fort Southwest Point and crossed the Cumberland Plateau to the Caney Fork and Cumberland rivers near Carthage in Smith County.

    The trail traversed areas which now are parts of Hwy. 70 and Interstate 40 going through Kingston, Harriman and Rockwood.

  • Ghosts may aid old building

    Roane Countians who enjoy seeking ghostly encounters won’t have to go far for a chance to explore a haunted venue.

    Tours of the Temperance Building, which has been the location of several paranormal evidence searches, are coming this month.

    “The tours will be from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. on the third Saturday of every month, starting in April,” said Richard Ruland, the founder of G.H.O.S.T. Paranormal.

  • Fleischmann stumps in Roane

    The Republican Primary is still months away, but incumbent 3rd District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said his mind is focused on legislative issues in Washington, D.C.

    “If I were to sit here and worry about primaries, I couldn’t focus on my job,” he said during a recent interview. “I think the best way to get re-elected is to go up there, do your job everyday, do the folks a good job and they’ll reward that at the polls.”

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  • Kingston police investigating homicide

    A domestic violence case has turned into a homicide investigation for the Kingston Police Department. The change occurred because James Cobb died Saturday night, according to Chief Jim Washam.
    Cobb, 63, was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville on April 4 after being shot at his home at 814 Rosedale Ave. Washam said Cobb was shot in the chest.
    The suspected shooter – Tammy Ellen Rosado – was arrested on April 6 and charged with aggravated domestic assault. She could be facing a homicide charge with Cobb’s death.

  • With a song in their hearts

     

    “Are you ready for noise?”

    That’s the question Midtown Elementary School music teacher and choir conductor Beth Trescher posed before a recent rehearsal.

    Children — more than 20 of them — poured in the door just before 4 p.m., excitedly chattering and ready to sing.

    “They’re a lively group,” Trescher said. “And it really has become like a little family. They’re very supportive and help each other.”

  • Road supt. candidates tout their experience

    The Roane County Tea Party hosted a candidates forum for road superintendent at the Kingston Community Center last Thursday.

    All three candidates — Jim Beason, Dennis Ferguson and Brian Mullins — attended.

    The road superintendent job pays $76,407. The hopefuls spoke about their qualifications, backgrounds and issues facing the road department.  

    “I’ve been employed with the department for 36 years,” Beason said. “I’m the foreman down there now.”

  • Kingston wants in-lieu-of-tax $$ from county

    Kingston City Council members considered a new source of revenue at an April 3 work session.

    That source: Roane County Government.

    Council members moved to place a request in the form of a letter on the April 10 council session seeking to open “a channel of communication” with Roane County Executive Ron Woody about the possibility of collecting in-lieu-of-tax payments on commercial property the county has previously obtained within city limits.