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  • Crossville man charged with attempting to rob Rite Aid

    A Crossville man was arrested June 8 after he allegedly tried to hold up the Rite Aid Pharmacy on West Race Street in Kingston.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said officers entered the business with weapons drawn and were able to take down the suspect, Anthony Michael Cordaro, without incident.

    “The officers did a very good job of maneuvering through the store without being detected by the suspect,” Washam said.

  • Health care facilities on the grow

    While finishing touches are being added to the new Physicians Plaza in Midtown, which will open July 22, Covenant Health is in the process of starting construction on a new facility for Roane Medical Center.

    Covenant representatives plan to officially break ground later this year in anticipation of the new hospital complex.

    The 64-acre site will be home to a Covenant campus that includes a state-of-the-art hospital, larger and more accessible parking areas and new patient and family amenities with private patient rooms.

  • Old Glory down before Flag Day
  • New paint job for Old Courthouse
  • Peachy produce pickings
  • Having a ball at Cedar Grove VBS
  • Family gives hoot about injured owl

    Sixteen-year-old David Groves’ biggest brush with nature wasn’t on a recent camping trip, but on the ride back home.

    Groves and his mother, Dawn Umphenour, were traveling on Duncan Hollow Road around dusk on Memorial Day when they came across a young barred owl in the middle of the pavement.

    Wanting something to document the moment, Groves got out of the car to take a picture. He and his mother realized something was wrong when the owl didn’t make a move.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Phoebe, darlin', will you call home already?

    While many of you hunkered down in the air conditioning last weekend, I spent my days and nights comfortably outside.

    In fact, I snuggled deeper in my sleeping bag to stay warm on those nights.

    It was my annual late-spring camping trip — and it couldn’t have come soon enough.

    While I didn’t travel far, it was far enough to shake off my worldly cares for just long enough to make a difference.

    A small enclave of us camped creekside with the owners of the property.

  • Incumbent Mason "Bests" opponent in mayor's race

    After soundly defeating his opponent — who also happened to be his former fire chief — Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said his second term will see a lot of progress.

    Mason beat Wayne Best with about 60 percent of the vote on Tuesday.

    “I’m really excited about getting to finish what we started downtown,” Mason said.

    He said the city’s investment in the Princess Theater arts education center — something his opponent was openly critical of — will drive what happens downtown.

  • Rockwood fields new faces on city council

    Four new faces will be sitting at the Rockwood City Council table in July.

    Incumbent Ray Collett lost a bid for reelection, Dudley Evans termed out and both Harold Ishman and Krystal Hennager did not seek election to the seats they were appointed to.

    Jason Jolly, top vote-getter and now vice mayor; Jane Long; and Mike Freeman will be serving three of the four-year terms that opened with the leaving of Collett, Evans and Ishman.

    Pete Wright will be filling a two-year term unexpired council term vacated by Hennager.