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  • Humor helps when Kingston vice mayor says her goodbyes

    Last week was an emotional time for Kingston Vice Mayor Teresa Nichols.
    After choosing not to run for re-election, her final council meeting was Tuesday night.
    Nichols, who emerged as something as a peacemaker when conflicts arose on the council, expressed her fondness for her fellow city council members and city employees.
    “Guys, it has been a pleasure working with each of you,” she said at the start of the meeting.
    She recalled her earliest days on the council.

  • Princess marquee gets grant help

    The Princess Theater Restoration Committee accepted a $2,500 grant to help pay for the replacement of the theater’s marquee last month.
    The grant was the first Knox Heritage announced from its Save Our Signs program. 

  • Rockwood fire
  • Spring Street sidewalk construction
  • Man drowns at Roane County Park

    A 22-year-old man drowned in the swimming area at Roane County Park on Monday.

    The incident was reported to E-911 around 7:30 p.m. Dispatch was told that two men said their friend, Caesar Uribe, went under and did not come back up.  

    “It’s been ruled an accidental drowning,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “We don’t know if alcohol was involved or not, but we found the body (Monday) night about 10:30 right in the swimming area.”

  • Woman killed in Rockwood accident

    A Roane County woman died after a head-on collision Monday afternoon in Rockwood.

    Nancy Hill, who was in her early 60s, of Mountain View Road, was traveling south on Gateway Avenue in a Nissan Versa.

    She collided with Dylan Headrick of North Wilder Avenue in Rockwood, next to Jerry’s Bait Shop.

    Headrick was northbound.

    Hill was confirmed dead as LifeStar prepared to transport her to Knoxville.

    Headrick was taken by LifeStar to UT Medical Center for a puncture wound.

  • A welcome midweek rainy day

    Leaves at Caney Creek get a drenching in last Wednesday’s long-awaited downpour.

    The often-heavy rainfall was a welcome relief for the dry, scorching weather that preceded it for two or more weeks.

    Look for the heat to be back on this week — the National Weather Service is calling for temperatures in the 90s through at least Wednesday.

  • Welcome to the site of the future Dyllis Springs Elementary

    Officials break ground for the newly named Dyllis Springs Elementary School — the name officially selected by the Roane County Board of Education for the new elementary school on Ollis Road near Oliver Springs.

    The school will combine students in pre-K through fourth grade from Dyllis and Oliver Springs elementaries. Students in grades 5-8 at both of those schools will attend the present-day Oliver Springs Elementary.

    McGriff said Thursday night it has not yet been determined whether that school would become an intermediate or middle school institution.

  • County starts on plan to redistrict

    Roane County’s districts may soon change, and with it residents may see new representation.

    The Roane County Commission recently passed a resolution to establish a redistricting committee.

    The resolution says Tennessee law requires that at least every 10 years the county legislative body change the county legislative districts boundaries so each member “represents substantially equal populations.”

  • Rockwood Municipal Airport: The sky is the limit

    The Rockwood Muncipal Airport isn't just a place pilots use to land planes.

    It's also a place people use for community events.

    Airport manager Danny Collins said events are held there every fifth Saturday. One took place the end of April, when the Oakdale Area Volunteer Fire Department had a fly-in luncheon.

    Kelly Gibson took her two grandchildren.