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  • Obstacles kept Barnett case on court docket for nearly five years

    Criminal defendants have a right to confront witnesses. Prosecutor Bill Reedy said that was one of the obstacles his office encountered in the Milford Barnett case, which took nearly five years to get to trial.

    “The things that kept this case from going to trial were beyond everybody’s control,” Reedy said.

    Milford Barnett was arrested on April 18, 2007. Police said they found his mother, Pearl Barnett, unresponsive at his home on Black Jack Road.

  • Don’t buy into offer of $89 for property deed

    Roane County Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett is asking people not to respond if they receive a  letter in the mail asking them to send $89 to a local records office in Nashville for a copy of their deed.

    Such documents are public records, and copies are available at the Register of Deeds Office for 25 cents a page.
    The register’s office is on the first floor of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    Brackett said her office will also mail people a copy of their deed for $1 a page.

  • Early registration next week for CASA run/walk

    CASA of the Ninth Judicial District will have a sign-up for its Run for the Child 5k run/walk and 1-mile fun run.
    The event is 8 a.m. May 12 at Roane State Community College.

    Early registration is at Foust Family Fitness at 209 Roane St., Kingston, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 9-10.

    Anyone signing up on those days can work out for free at the fitness center for the remainder of the week and be eligible for fitness specials to help kick start their training for the race.

  • Tomorrow’s leaders plant for the future
  • No helmet hair worries for Bowers youngsters
  • 4 dead animals found at home

    A 49-year-old Roane County man is facing three counts of aggravated animal cruelty.

     
    Animal Control Director John Griffin said three dead dogs, a dead horse and a dead turkey were found at the home of Jack Wayne Terry at 470 Old Valley Road, Harriman.

    “We’ve had animal cruelty cases before,” Griffin said. “But some of the things we saw in that house was pretty horrible.”

  • Parking around courthouse going to one hour

    Downtown visitors who park in the vicinity of the old courthouse had best watch the signs in the weeks and months to come.

    Kingston City Council moved in March to simplify much of the area parking by changing several blocks to one-hour zones.

    According to Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam, the problem has been that the zone in question offers such a patchwork of parking — 15-minute spots, 30-minute spots, as well as one- and two-hour spots — that police often have trouble keeping tabs on violators.

  • Harriman Fire Dept. raising funds for vehicle

    Harriman Fire Department is attempting to raise funds for a utility vehicle for emergencies at special events.

    “We already started getting donations,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss. “We had several businesses already help us out.”

    The department has raised about $2,000 toward the estimated $13,000 cost.

    A $5 all-you-can-eat pancake and waffle breakfast is being held at Bowers Elementary on April 14 beginning at 7 a.m.

  • RSCC academic fest for area high schoolers
  • Aytes, Rose, Woody make top 10 cut

    Three Roane County Schools employees who applied for the director of schools position were among the 10 people recommended for an interview with the Board of Education.

    The group includes Gary Aytes, Elizabeth Rose and Keevin Woody. The board plans to interview them along with seven other candidates this month.

    “I’m glad that all Roane County candidates got in the top 10,” Board Member Darrell “Drack” Langley said.