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  • Store has beef with shoplifter

    Another person has been accused of trying to steal steaks from IGA in Rockwood.

    This time it was rib eye instead of filet mignon.

    According to a Rockwood police report, the store’s assistant manager allegedly saw Christina Marie Evans and an unidentified person stuff five rib-eye steaks into her purse.

    Evans was confronted by the store’s manager when she tried to leave.

  • Kingston man struck on motorcycle

    DAMON LAWRENCE/Roane Newspapers
    Kingston police on Wednesday deal with the aftermath of an accident in which a turning SUV struck a man on a motorcycle near the Sonic Drive-In on Kentucky Street.  Officer Bo Smith, right, said the 17-year-old driver of the SUV was turning into the parking lot and didn’t see the motorcycle, which was driven by 18-year-old Branton Underwood of Kingston. He was treated at the scene and released. Smith said no one was cited in the wreck.

  • Daisies and dandelions

    Wednesday as part of National Senior Health and Fitness Day The Bridge at Rockwood residents, with a police escort, walked or were wheeled nearly a mile with the smell of honeysuckle int he air and the breeze blowing in their faces.

  • School board member to be police chief?

    Roane County school board member Danny Wright may become Rockwood chief of Police.
    Mayor James Watts announced he is recommending Wright for council consideration as part of this year’s budget discussions.
    Watts said that current chief Bill Stinnett has decided to step down to captain, effective July 1. Current Capt. Pless Buck will be retiring in the near future after 42  years with the department.

  • Tax-hike request made official

    It’s official: the Roane County Board of Education is requesting an increase in the property tax rate to fund the 2013-14 school budget.
    The county’s current property tax rate is $2.18 per $100 valuation. The board is requesting an increase of 17 cents.
    “It’s to keep the programs we have in place right now, and it will keep us on track of being a really good school system,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said, “but it will not make us a great school system.”

  • ‘Nasty’ meth lab discovered

    One of the worst meth labs one law officer said he’s ever seen was discovered last week.

    William Drennan, a 48-year-old Oliver Springs man, was arrested last week for failing to appear in court.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office said additional charges were pending against him because of a search warrant executed at his 116 Wheeler Lane residence. The home is in Hartland Estates subdivision.   

  • County wants bigger slice of pie

    Roane County Schools isn’t the only entity in county government facing a budget shortfall. The budget committee is trying to make up a $500,000 shortfall in the county’s general fund. 
    “You have to cut or get more revenue,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • City manager details tweaked

    The devil is in the details, but Kingston City Council crafted a first-draft contract for their intended new city manager.
    After a selection process that began with 39 applicants to fill the position of retiring City Manager Jim Pinkerton, Kingston officials scheduled a round of interviews for four finalists earlier this month.
    Two dropped out, seeking other positions.

  • Rarity developer charges dismissed

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office filed a motion in federal court last week to dismiss a  28-count indictment against developer Michael L. Ross.
    “As grounds therefore the United States would advise the court that new exculpatory evidence has been developed and provided by the defense that undermines the accuracy of the current indictment in this case,” the motion said.

  • CORRECTION

    The story Lane Changes in the May 24 edition has some incorrect dates. Instead of opening in 1963 in Kingston, that was the year the now Tri-City Lanes moved to Midtown. Current co-owner Keith Farmer worked for the former owner in 1981 and purchased the property in 2003.