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  • Bassett, Edwards selected as new assistant district attorneys

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson has added two new assistant district attorney generals to his staff.

    One of the hires is Jed Bassett, a Texas native who played college football at the University of Kentucky.

    “He has SEC (Southeastern Conference) roots, but unfortunately they’re in the Blue Grass state,” Johnson joked.

    Bassett replaced Barry Carrier, who resigned and took a job with the 2nd Judicial District.

    “Jed will be handling criminal court in Loudon County and Meigs County,” Johnson said.

  • Saving Private Ryan showing at Princess Theatre

    Roane State Community College’s Arts and Lectures Committee invites you to a history lecture and viewing of Saving Private Ryan, 1998, rated R.

    Both critically acclaimed and highly successful, this WWII film is set in Normandy and features an all-star ensemble playing American soldiers on a heartwarming mission to rescue an American GI.

    The film stars Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Ed Burns, Adam Goldberg, Vin Diesel and Matt Damon.

    Admission to the showing is free. Donations are gladly accepted. Concessions will be for sale, cash or check only.

  • Heavy rains keep crews busy

    Heavy rains have cause flooding around Roane County, including a washed out culvert in Harriman that trapped residents in their neighborhood.

    Crews from the county road department and emergency services went door to door to advise residents of the neighborhood on Allison Drive that they would not be able to pass through until the road is fixed.

    Road Superintendant Dennis Ferguson said that an unusually high water flow washed out the dirt and gravel surrounding the pipe, weakening the road bed and posing a potential danger to vehicles passing above.

  • County cuts Child Advocacy funding

    The days of the Child Advocacy Center receiving a $25,000 donation from Roane County are over.

    The center received $6,000 during the 2016-17 fiscal year and is slated to receive $3,000 during the current fiscal year.  

    Chris Evans, the executive director of the Child Advocacy Center, isn’t happy about the decrease.

  • 4-year-old takes off to store in candy search

    A 4-year-old was found in the road on Oct. 27.

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded. The incident report he filed indicates the child was on his way to a store to get a candy bar.

    “I went to 250 Brown West Drive, where I spoke to Briar Mays who told me she found a small boy walking in the road at the stop sign in front of College Apartments,” Hall wrote in the report. “She told me that he told her he was headed to the store to get candy.”

  • 200 and counting Bethel Presbyterian kicking off bicentennial

    Bethel Presbyterian Church in Kingston will have an open house on Saturday, Nov. 11, to help kick off the congregation’s 200th anniversary celebrations.

    Guests are invited to enjoy food, fellowship and a slice of Kingston history as might have been experienced by members of the church during the 19th century.

    Starting at 10 a.m., guided tours led by local historians and church members dressed in period clothing will explore the historic church, its buildings, grounds and Bethel Cemetery.

  • City leaders eye a big splash — pad, that is

    Harriman officials are seeking public input on a splash pad at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    The desire for a splash pad is something Mayor Wayne Best heard a lot about while on the campaign trail.

    “When I ran for City Council about three years ago we had a lot of people talking about it, and then when I ran for mayor there were a lot of people talking about it,” said Best.

    He’s said there have been those who want a pool, but the overhead of a pool is expensive.

  • Co-conspirator still not sentenced

    Morgan County businessman Joseph A. Armes II will get to spend the upcoming holidays with his family.

    He was scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 30 for conspiracy to defraud the United States, but federal Judge Thomas W. Phillips delayed the sentencing until Jan. 22.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Armes and convicted sex offender Roger A. Beu Jr., of Harriman, ran a tax scheme that defrauded the federal government.

  • Christmas Ideas Fair
  • Runner off to NYC Marathon

    After months of training, Tim Phillips is not going to let a terrorist attack stop him from running in Sunday’s New York City Marathon.

    “Any time you do anything in a big city, you’ve always got to think about things like that, but you can’t let that deter you from doing things,” he said.

    Manhattan was the site of a terrorist attack on Tuesday, just days before Phillips and hundreds of other runners are expected to descend on the area for the marathon. Eight people were reportedly killed in the attack.