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  • PIRATES on the Tennessee River?

    The outline slipped through the fog, then emerged against the glint of sunkissed waters on the Tennessee River.
    Many who saw it could not believe their eyes.
    “My kids were hollering, ‘Oh, pirates!’” said Brandi Jones Crouse, who saw the hulking wooden schooner from Paint Rock Ferry Road.

    She’d been alerted by her father, who had seen the ship from the Hwy. 58 bridge over the Tennessee River.

  • Effort to help Roane’s homeless gains ground

    Family Promise of Roane County is closer to its goal of offering a chance at a new life to homeless families.
    “Four churches have committed as of this week,” said Family Promise chair man Jennifer Watson recently.
    Family Promise hopes to partner with local churches for host facilities to house homeless families and, perhaps, a day center to help them work on issues such as  finding steady work and permanent housing.

  • Former Houston attorney censured in foreclosure

    Bradley County attorney James F. Logan Jr., who represented Leon Houston in his double murder case, received a public censure from the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility last week.
    The board oversees the conduct of attorneys. A public censure is a rebuke and warning to an attorney.
    According to the board, Logan violated rules on confidentiality and conflict of interest.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Shouldn’t somebody question the numbers?

    Alas, dear reader; as we near property tax paying time it seems that the usual forces are labouring mightily to magnify the extraction they will exact from our respective wallets, pockets, and purses.
    Curiously enough the two major threats come from statistical figures which we have reason to doubt. In this regard we find this quotation from Mark Twain’s autobiography apropos: “...the remark attributed to Disraeli would often apply with justice and force: ‘There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”’

  • Vols support down to ‘T’

    Jeff Brantley is a diehard University of Tennessee Volunteers fan.
    In one way, he may be the most visible fan in Roane County.
    Brantley expresses his devotion so that anyone crossing the Hwy. 58 bridge in Kingston can see it. He has mowed a giant “Power T” on his sweeping hillside over the Tennessee River.

    The symbol emerged for the first time when his daughter suggested he do something special with their large lakeview lot.

  • Morgan evades statutory rape through time limit

    The District Attorney General’s Office issued a statement this week explaining why Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan isn’t being charged with statutory rape for impregnating a 16-year-old when he was 27.
    “In this case with the ‘statutory rape’ occurring sometime in 1996, the statute of limitations for prosecution has long expired,” the press release said.
    The mother, Melissa Everts, is now 33 years old and living in Illinois.

  • Road chief offering a helping hand
  • Father, son charged with statutory rape

    A father and son have been indicted by the Roane County grand jury for alleged sexual crimes.
    George William Miles Sr. faces six counts of statutory rape by an authority figure.
    His son, George William Miles Jr., faces six counts of aggravated statutory rape. 
    Miles Sr., 72, and Miles Jr., 49, have both been arrested on the charges and released from custody, according to Roane County Jail records.

    Several of the indictments returned by the grand jury this week were for alleged sexual crimes. 

  • McClure DUI heads to criminal court now

    Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Monday on a charge of driving under the influence.  
    The charge stems from a May 22, 2012, incident on Ladd Wright Road. McClure was reportedly found unresponsive in his vehicle, while the engine was running.

  • Coats for Cold effort begins

    The 19th annual Coats for the Cold campaign is set to kick off next week.
    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson, who began the effort more than a decade ago as state representative, is asking residents  to check their closets for coats and jackets to help those in need stay warm this winter.
    Donations may be dropped off during business hours starting on Halloween, Oct. 31, at one of five collection sites:
    • United Community Bank, Kingston.
    • Midtown Professional Pharmacy in Physicians Plaza, Midtown.