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  • Head to Senior Bingo Blow-Out

    Area seniors are encouraged to turn out for a day filled with vendors, lunch, door prizes, a pumpkin patch, and bingo during the free Senior Bingo Blow-Out.

    The event is a partnership between Rockwood Housing Authority, Rockwood First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and Mid-East Community Action Agency Senior Services Department.

    It will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 at the church at 328 W. Rockwood St.

    Highlights will focus on celebrity bingo callers, door prizes, pumpkin patch, senior-friendly vendors and lunch.

  • Kingston Council November session to be on a Monday

    Kingston City Council’s regular monthly meeting will fall on Election Day in November.

    That’s why the body voted Tuesday to meet one day early, on Nov. 7.

    Council discussed the conflict during its workshop earlier this month.

    Election Day is Nov. 8, and Council normally meets in regular session on the second Tuesday of every month.

    Not only will the presidential election be held that date, but Kingston City Council races will be that day as well.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Speculation as to era of Trump’s Great America

    Gentle reader, as you may know, the Republican Party has established a headquarters in Kingston, on the corner of Race and Kentucky Streets, in the small building that formerly housed Robinson’s Jewelry Store, two doors down from the old Hut Cafeteria location.

    Usually we would have paid them a courtesy call by this time, as we have done in the past election seasons for over fifty years, however, the party has now changed and we are unsure whether we would be welcome.

  • Parents suing tavern owner

    Former Grill & Pub operator Grover Norton still faces litigation over a death that occurred outside his establishment more than five years ago.

    “We look forward to getting the case heard,” said Harriman attorney J. Scott McCluen, who represents Roy and Rebecca Harvey.

  • Man hit his mom, officials charge

    A Kingston man was arrested last week and charged with an alleged assault on his mother.

    John Thomas Reyes, 30, 1200 Mobile Drive, was arrested Oct. 5 following the alleged altercation with Connie Morton.

    Kingston Police Officer Tony Guy was dispatched at 9:44 p.m. to that residence, which was also listed as Morton’s address.

    Both Morton and a witness, Janene Cofer, were sitting outside, and Reyes was apparently inside when Guy arrived, according to the police report.

  • OS driver racks up drug charges

    An Oliver Springs man was recently arrested and charged with several offenses, including driving under the influence and the manufacture/delivery/sale of both Schedule II and Schedule IV drugs.

    James T. Hooks was arrested Oct. 5 by Oliver Springs Police Sgt. Charlie Graham. He was also charged with failure to maintain a single lane, non-compliance with financial responsibility law, violation of registration law and possession of oxycodone hydrochloride and alprazolam, neither of which were in proper containers, according to the incident report.

  • Obesity, addiction among health issues

    Roane County is facing a range of health challenges from obesity to drug addiction, according to community leaders who gathered for a brainstorming session at Roane Medical Center Friday.

    The Roane Community Health Forum was organized to assess the most important health-related issues in Roane County, said Gary Young, director of community health at Covenant Health.

    The information gathered at the forum will be used to generate a report that should be published in early 2017.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Schools focus on more than testing

    The most recent Leadership Roane County class focused on education.

    Roane County residents of all ages have access to a wide variety of educational resources, and I was privileged to visit with a few of them.

    Our day began at Midtown Elementary School, where we heard from Principal Kendra Isham, Director of Special Education Stephanie Walker and Leah Watkins, director of Roane County Schools.

  • Kingston firefighter injured on the job

    A Kingston firefighter was injured last week in a fall that occurred on the job.

    Eddie Lantz was reportedly adjusting a garage door at the main fire hall in Kingston when the Oct. 3 accident happened, confirmed Kingston City Manager David Bolling last Wednesday.

    The matter was first mentioned by Vice Mayor Tony Brown at the regular workshop of Kingston City Council on Oct. 4.

    Lantz apparently suffered a “serious concussion,” and was hospitalized overnight before being

    released the next day, shared Brown.