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  • Election primary drift allowed

    Despite the cross-voting controversy that occurred in 2012, it looks like Republicans will continue to have an open primary this year.

    The state party didn’t express concerns about it, either.

    “We want Republicans to participate and vote in those primaries, but state law allows anyone to participate and we want to follow state law,” said Tennessee Republican Party Executive Director Brent Leatherwood.

  • Kingston officials seek to promote tweets

    Kingston officials decided in February that the Ladd Greenway project is for the birds.

    Which isn’t to speak ill of it, in this instance. At the February council sessions, council members heard updates on the latest greenway improvements and discussed a plan to make the park a bird-watching destination.

  • Seat-belt effort ramping up

    The Governor’s Highway Safety Office launched a new highway safety campaign aimed at increasing seatbelt usage across the state. The Seatbelts Are For Everyone is designed to increase seatbelt and child passenger safety restraint usage in Tennessee. The Roane County Sheriff Office is just one of the law enforcement agencies participating in the campaign.

    “We want to save lives and by bringing up seat belt usage, we will help do that,” Sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Anderson said.

  • County cashing in on brine

    Roane County Deputy Road Superintendent Tony Brown said his department sells brine for 25 cents a gallon to the cities of Kingston and Harriman.

    It costs his department about 6 cents a gallon to make.

    “The 6 cents is what I’m making it for us,” Brown said.

    When selling it to cities, Brown said he has to take into account overhead.

    “The 25 cents takes care of my tank, the machine, the maintenance and the labor,” he said.

  • Sex case charges reduced

    A deal in an alleged sex crime case allowed a Franklin man to plead guilty to misdemeanor charges in Roane County Criminal Court last week.

    In October 2008, William M. Etheridge was indicted on one count of sexual activity or simulated sexual activity involving a minor.

    While he was indicted in 2008, Etheridge wasn’t arrested until February 2011.

    Prosecutor Bill Reedy said a deal was struck because the alleged victim didn’t want to pursue the case.

  • Bobsledding: It’s not just for Sochi

    While the bobsled competition in the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics is now complete, that hasn’t stopped one Ridge View Elementary pre-kindergarten class from taking the highly competitive winter sport into their own hands.

    Kaila Gunter’s 20-student Olympic team is made up of four bobsleds to compete against each other, Kenya, Jamaica, London and the Netherlands.

    The bobsleds, each created out of large refrigerator boxes then covered with paper and colorfully decorated by the students, represent Kenya, Jamaica, London and the Netherlands.

  • American Idol 2.0, Roane Style

    Another “American Idol” contestant has a Roane County connection.

    Country crooner Ben Briley, 24, is married to Oliver Springs High School alumna Courtney Sanders Briley.

    Courtney Briley went to high school with Janelle Arthur, the Oliver Springs country music artist who made it to the top five on the same televised music competition last season.

    “I am very proud,” said Courtney Briley’s grandmother, Barbara Matney of Harriman.

  • Bruner temporarily suspended

    Attorney Spence Bruner has gotten into more trouble with the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    On Jan. 31 the court suspended the Harriman attorney’s law license for 90 days.

    He was temporarily suspended

    by the court on Feb. 19 for failing to

    respond to the Tennessee Board of

    Professional Responsibility regarding a complaint of misconduct.

    The board oversees the conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Boating safety class slated

    The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is giving an “About Boating Safely” class.

    The class will be from 6 to 9 p.m. March 4 and 6 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    All ages are encouraged to take the class, but it is particularly important for young would-be boaters who want to take to the water on a boat.

    “If you are born after Jan. 1, 1989, you are required to take a boating safety class,” said Bill White, a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

  • Second Chance chili supper set

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue will have its 15th annual chili supper from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 27 in Kingston Community Center.

    The meal, available for a $5 donation, includes chili with toppings, dessert and drink.

    Proceeds will help Second Chance in its work to aid those who are unable to afford to spay and neuter their pets.

    The nonprofit group also provides pet food to pet owners unable to afford to buy it.