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  • Hung jury in sex case

    Prosecutors plan to retry Jonathan Edward Hanson on a charge of aggravated sexual battery. His Wednesday trial at the Roane County Courthouse ended in a hung jury.

    “We will try him again,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sent the jury back to deliberate at 5:06 p.m. Wednesday. The jury came back into the courtroom at 7:30 p.m., and announced that it was hopelessly deadlocked. Wicks declared a mistrial.

  • Rockwood receives more state funding for trails

    Rockwood is getting extra money to amend its walking trails that will eventually lead to Tom Fuller Park.

    The state is giving the city an additional $200,000 in Transportation Alternative Grant funding for the greenway project from Gateway Avenue to Tom Fuller Park.

    This brings the construction cost to $796,402, with the city of Rockwood contributing a 20-percent match.

  • Kingston still renting boat slips

    There are only five city-owned boat slips that remain available at Kingston’s 58 Landing.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling reported to Kingston City Council Tuesday during its regular monthly meeting that rental fees for 10 of the 18 slips have already been paid, and three more were expected to be paid by the end of the week.

    “That will leave five, so if anyone would like to rent one, let us know,” Bolling said. “We anticipate the [slips] will fill up soon.”

  • BRIDGE WORK
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Are drivers doomed to dodge Harwell holes?

    “BACK TO FIVE”, ran Monday’s headline above Damon Lawrence’s report on the fate of the one-high-school push, with a sub-head of “Consolidated high school rejected”.

    And with that we can hope that this rotten idea has been firmly and finally laid to rest, but some bad ideas just seem to keep coming back to haunt us, as has this issue.

  • WASHED OUT

    An Anglers Cove resident says she has been trying for years to get help with drainage issues that threaten to wash away her yard, her home and the roadway in front of her property.

    Video images taken of Karen Rhyne’s property during a storm that struck last week show large amounts of water overflowing the roadside drainage ditch and filling her yard.

    Poor drainage also resulted in the flow of garbage and debris from a waste center about a half mile away, she said.

  • SCHOOL DRESS CODE: Girls’ tunics, shorts targets

    Coming up with changes that can be easily enforced is one of the challenges facing the Roane County Board of Education’s Dress Code Policy Committee.

    “It’s got to be enforceable,” Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said. “It’s got to be enforceable in an easy way.”

    The committee met again last week to discuss changes to the school board’s dress code policy, which was last revised on May 20, 2010.

    Oversized tops along with the length of skirts, dresses and shorts were some of the topics covered.

  • Kingston Fire Department rescues old Squad truck

    Emergency response in the city of Kingston is being beefed up with the addition of a new fire and rescue truck.

    Fire Chief Willie Gordon said they invested $15,000 into the 2003 Chevrolet Duramax that once belonged to the Roane County Rescue Squad.

    “They had bought it from somewhere, but they never put it in service,” Gordon said. “The truck was white.”

    It’s now red and black and equipped with the necessary tools to respond to automobile accidents.

  • PLAY BALL!

    Harriman Parks and Recreation is getting the ballfields around Harriman ready with some improvements.

    They’ll be celebrating opening day for youth baseball this Saturday, April 15, with a scavenger hunt at Flour Mill Flats.

    The hunt for 10-12 items will include things like snapping a photo of a fan eating a hot dog.

    “There will be two winners, and all things will be here at the field,” said Hickman.

  • Prison corrections officer jailed for road rage incident

    Brandon Braden, a 29-year-old Kingston man, is facing charges for an alleged road rage incident.

    Braden was employed as a corrections officer at the Morgan County Correctional Complex at the time of his March 23 arrest, according to a report filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Alexander Evans.

    “I was dispatched to the Shoney’s parking lot off exit 347 in Roane County involving a road rage incident between two vehicles on Interstate 40 west near mile marker 351,” the report said.