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  • Police gear up in style of military

    It’s a Hummer you see traveling down Roane Street in Harriman, but it isn’t the military doing maneuvers.

    It’s Harriman Police Department’s latest find, one of a number of practically free — or, at least, cheap — items they got from a variety of military bases including Fort Bragg,
    N.C.

    “We have had to spend really little money to get it,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

    He said he’s bought about $67,000 in gear for about $574, using drug fund money to purchase the items.

  • New lot provides more courthouse parking

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said people who can’t find a parking spot at the courthouse or county jail can use the paved lot at the Building and Codes Office.

    “That’s a public parking lot,” he said.

    The codes office is at 308 N. Third St., Kingston. The lot, which has 22 spaces, is adjacent to the jail.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: Despite differences, feelings for Mom run deep

    A few of you out there have met my mother. She’s a wonderful woman who’ll turn 77 this month, although you wouldn’t know it to look at her.
    With stunning green eyes and a big smile, she is a classic beauty who can easily pass for someone a decade or more younger.
    In fact, she hears this from people on a regular basis.
    She lives a few counties over, and treasures her clear view of the rising Smokey Mountains almost as much as the air she breathes.
    As with many daughters and mothers, ours is a complicated relationship.

  • Chief logs 25 years with Kingston police force

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The fact that Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam is a quick study is born out by his record.
    A rookie patrolman with Kingston in 1987 at the age of 22, he made criminal investigator by 1993; shift sergeant by ’96; lieutenant by ’97; assistant chief by ’98; and became chief of the department in 2000.

  • TVA still plans small reactor

    Despite cost overruns for Watts Bar Unit 2 and a decline in revenues, TVA has not abandoned its plan to build a small modular reactor in Roane County.   
    “TVA will continue to participate on a team that will make a proposal to the Department of Energy in response to a cost-share program for the design and licensing of up to two small modular reactor designs,” TVA spokeswoman Barbara Martocci said. “The site in Roane County will be part of that proposal.”

  • Student dies of spinal meningitis

    A Rockwood Middle School student died Sunday from spinal meningitis at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
    The community had rallied around 12-year-old Morgan Peters, holding a prayer vigil for her last week in hopes that the very sick sixth-grader would pull through.
    A Facebook page called Team Morgan was even created and children wore specially created shirts in her honor.
    “Obviously, by the outpouring of people, you can tell how well she was loved,” said her father Andy Peters. “She was definitely a hugger.”

  • Mauled boy faces long recovery

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com
    Dalton Broshears, a 4-year-old Roane County boy, could have everlasting scars from a pit bull attack that occurred earlier this week.
    “He’s lost an ear,” grandmother Ann Wells said.
    The attack occurred on Monday at 542 Emory Heights Road. According to a dispatch report, Annette Broshears called 911 and reported one of her dogs had bitten off her son’s ear.
    Dalton was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

  • Alleged bank robber caught

    A man suspected of robbing the Bank of America in Kingston on May 1 wasn’t on the run for long.
    According to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Billy Joe Dugard, 36, was arrested in Columbus, Ohio on May 2.
    The FBI said Dugard, of Crothersville, Ind., will be charged in federal court in Tennessee for robbing the Bank of America and a BB&T in Loudon County.
    Both robberies occurred on May 1 less than an hour apart.
    Dugard reportedly entered each bank, handed a note to the teller and demanded money.
     

  • John C. Henry memory honored at state level

    The memory of John Calvin Henry, the namesake of The Henry Center, was honored recently by a state-level resolution.
    The Henry Center, a daycare facility for  children with and without disabilities, is part of the Michael Dunn Center’s services to those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
    John Henry died late last month.
    His parents, Jim and Pat Henry, have been long-time advocates for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities — even before John’s birth.

  • Kingston expects to shift gears on leftover waterline funding

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston officials may finally have the go-ahead to use leftover waterline funds to shore up its sewer system.
    For months, the city has been in a quandary as to how to use monies available after the completion of a sewer project on Gallaher Road, enabled by a federal grant and loan program.