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  • Adventure tourism zone eyed

    With miles of waterway meandering through, Roane County is an ideal location for adventure.

    That’s why local officials are eyeing the possibility of attracting adventure tourism businesses by creating an adventure tourism zone.

    “It hopefully will make Tennessee a destination for adventure tourists, which is huge,” said Pam May, director of marketing and tourism for The Roane Alliance.

    “It is a huge market,” May added. “Right now, it gives tax incentives to businesses moving to the zone or already in the zone.”

  • Four-wheel fugitive

    A Kentucky man is facing 26 charges after he allegedly rear-ended a vehicle in front of Kingston City Park on Saturday and then led police on a merry chase.

    Jerrod Nathan Knipp is charged with following too closely, failure to report an accident, driving on a suspended license, evading arrest, hit and run, duty to give information and render aid, financial responsibility, stop sign violation, seat belt violation, resisting arrest, property theft, two counts of destruction of government property, six counts of reckless endangerment and seven counts of vandalism.

  • Divorce on hold for gay marriage ruling

    A resolution in Roane County’s same-sex divorce case is on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court makes a decision on same-sex marriage.

    Oral arguments are scheduled for April 28, and a ruling from the high court could come in late spring or early summer.

    The decision will impact the Roane County case, in which Frederick Michael Borman is seeking a divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman.

    In 2010, the two Roane County residents were married in Iowa.

  • Plateau Park said to be site for solar panels

    A new 1-megawatt solar array in Oak Ridge is just the start for a busy partnership who also plan to eventually locate one of the large solar arrays at other sites, including Plateau Partnership Park.

    Plateau Partnership Park is an economic development partnership between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties.

    “This project represents an exciting partnership between leaders in the Tennessee solar industry,” said Carlos Mayer, president and CEO of Vis Solis Inc., a company that has partnered with Restoration Services Inc.

  • You're a grand ol' flag

    Third-grader Will Letner shows his enthusiastic patriotism during Midway Elementary School’s “Let’s Sing, America!” program last week.

    The school’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders presented the concert of red, white and blue favorites, including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “God Bless the U.S.A.” and “The Spirit of America.”

  • Body cameras now part of Kingston PD uniform

    The Kingston Police Department has joined the growing list of agencies to outfit officers with body cameras.

    “It’s not that we don’t trust the officers, but with all these things going on nationwide, it was just a matter of time,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    Several high-profile incidents involving police nationally is driving the body camera movement among law-enforcement agencies.

  • Tract that once was Houstons’ sold off

    The thought of holding onto land that once belonged to brothers Rocky and Leon Houston didn’t go over well with Roane County Habitat for Humanity.

    “It made us a bit uncomfortable,” Vice President Jim Smith said.

    Cleveland attorney James Logan donated two Houston tracts to Habitat as a gift in 2012.

    Habitat sold one of the tracts in February to Estel and Bonnie Ridge for $30,000.

    “We found some local folks that wanted to buy it, so we thought that was a good arrangement,” Smith said.

  • CVMR taking résumés

    CVMR, the advanced materials company that last month announced it is moving its international headquarters to the Horizon Center in Roane County, is now accepting résumés.

    It has not, however, specified what jobs it is seeking to fill.

    To submit a résumé, send it to hr@cvmr.ca

  • Lots of Seusstastic fun

    Dyllis Springs Elementary School, Oliver Springs, recently had a Seusstastic math and literacy fun night.

    During one of the math sessions students made towers with different math patterns.

    Other fun activities included a book walk (very much like the traditional non-Seussified cake walk) and a “Hop on Pop” trampoline station.

  • Register children for kindergarten, pre-K this week

    Roane County Schools’ registration for kindergarten and prekindergarten for the 2015-16 school year is later this week.

    Registration will take place at the elementary schools from 2 to 5:30 p.m. April 16, and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 17.

    Parents should register students for the 2015-16 school year at the school in their district.

    Kindergarten students must be 5 on or before Aug. 15; pre-K students must be 4 on or before Aug. 15.