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  • City to pave state road stretch

    When it comes to state roads, it’s usually the state that takes on repairs.

    No so in Rockwood this year.

    City officials are reaching into their own coffers to resurface a stretch of Gateway Avenue between Wheeler and Stratton streets.

    Deep ruts have formed at some of the intersections, and those have caused accidents, according to City Administrator Becky Ruppe.

  • Company requests Plateau Park site

    Another entity is eyeing the fledgling Plateau Partnership Park.

    According to a public notice from Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey, Alternative Engineering Solutions “has expressed interest in a location inside the Plateau Partnership Park.”

  • Better tie it all down, police chief warns

    “It’s that time of year,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said this week. “Thieves are breaking into everything and taking anything that’s not tied down.”

    Police have their hands full trying to keep up.

    A 45-year-old Maryville man faces charges for an alleged burglary incident in Kingston on May 9.

  • Goddards decide to rebuild on site after losing everything in winter fire

    Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard and his wife, Sherron, have decided to rebuild instead of relocate.

    The Goddards’ home on Cemetery Lane burned in December. Jerry Goddard said they are rebuilding on the site.

    “We’re pretty much on the same lot,” he said. “We just moved it over a little bit. Had to have a lot of excavating done.”

    Goddard said they lost everything in the Dec. 18 fire.

    “For me, it was an easy decision to rebuild,” he said. “It was tough for my wife, though.”

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  • Prosecutors claim Smoot MIA for over a month

    The whereabouts of murder defendant Shawn Smoot were unknown for more than a month, according to a motion filed by prosecutors on Monday.

    Smoot was released from the Roane County Jail on March 26, 2013, after his parents posted a $250,000 cash bond.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen revoked the bond and issued a warrant for Smoot’s arrest on April 23, a day after he was charged with DUI in McMinn County.

    The motion filed by prosecutors seeks to permanently revoke his bond.

  • County leaders laud McCuiston

    Former official Glenn McCuiston was remembered at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    McCuiston passed away on May 8. He was 76.

    Commissioner Ron Berry said he served with McCuiston on the old Roane County Quarterly Court.

    “He’s going to be missed,” Berry said.

    McCuiston was also active in the city of Rockwood, where he served on the City Council and Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board.

    Berry said serving was one of the things McCuiston loved to do.

  • Country singer T. Graham Brown to headline at the Princess Theatre

    Renowned singer T. Graham Brown and his band One Horse Town will be in concert in Harriman’s historic Princess Theatre on May 31.

    The concert will feature Brown’s well-known songs, including “Help Me Turn the Wine Back Into Water,” Come as You Were,” “Hell and High Water,” “I Tell It Like It Used to Be” and “Darlene.”

    “This is a big thing coming to Harriman,” said promoter Greg White. “This thing here is one of the best bands you’re going to hear.”

  • West VFD’s round-the-clock fundraising sale starts today

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual two-day fundraising yard sale around the clock from 7 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday.

    The sale will be at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road, Rockwood.

    Leave a message at 354-8201 days, evenings or weekends to arrange for pick up or to drop off donated items to be sold.

  • BRACING FOR IMPACT

    For now, the residents of the well-established Woodhaven neighborhood in Kingston have it good.

    Songbirds warble from massive tulip poplars. Although nearby Interstate 40 carries a steady stream of traffic, the road noise is dampened by a nearly 50-acre wooded hill between them.

    There’s a sense of calm in this lush, waterfront community near the convergence of the Emory and Clinch rivers.

    “This is one of the most tranquil neighborhoods in Kingston,” said resident LeAnn Qualls, who has lived there for nearly two decades.