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  • Midway senior arrested for threatening to 'shoot up school'

    A Midway High School senior was taken into custody late Thursday afternoon for allegedly threatening to "shoot up the school."

    A Roane County Sheriff's Office report identified the 18-year-old as Houston Knight of 935 Laurel Bluff Road, Kingston.

    A joint statement released by Sheriff Jack Stockton and District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Knight was arrested "in connection with an online posting allegedly making a false report of a threat" to the high school in the South of the River area of Roane County.

  • Smoot denied new trial

    Defense attorney Bob Jolley cited more than a dozen reasons why convicted murderer Shawn Smoot deserved a new trial.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks wasn’t persuaded by any of them. He denied the motion on Monday.

    “The court has examined those and finds that they do not rise to the level necessary to grant the defendant any relief in this matter,” Wicks ruled. “Therefore, the court hereby denies the defendant’s motion for a new trial.”

  • Midway probe ongoing

    The investigation into an alleged threat at Midway High School was still ongoing as of Tuesday morning, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    “So far there hasn’t been anything during the investigation that would allow anybody to be charged with anything,” Phillips said. “That’s kind of where we’re at. Once we get to that point, we’ll bring it before the DA and his staff and go from there.”

    Phillips said he wasn’t sure when the investigation might conclude.

  • High school building program talks to be part of board session

    The Roane County Board of Education is expected to have “discussion of high school building program” during its meeting on Thursday.

    That item is listed under new business on the board’s agenda.

    The future of the county’s high schools was one of the highlights of a retreat the school board held last month at Roane State Community College. The board met with Lewis Group Architects and went over five scenarios that the firm came up with last year.

  • All’s rosey on Valentine’s Day
  • TAKE A CHANCE on a boat slip

    After more than a year of planning and implementation, 18 city-owned boat slips are officially up for grabs in Kingston.

    The slips fall under the direction of the Kington Parks and Recreation Department, which currently has applications and lease agreements available for potential slip renters.

    Fourteen rules/regulations are tentatively in place for the slip usage. Prohibitions include overnight camping, alcohol consumption and fueling operations.

    There are also some stipulations on the parking facilities, which will allow for passenger vehicles only.

  • Woman en route to jail accused of exposing breast

    A Kingston woman allegedly exposed her breast to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputy while she was in the back of a patrol car on the way to jail.

    The alleged act led to an indecent exposure charge for Marissa Bethany Nemitz, who was already under arrest on a child support attachment.

    The incident happened on Feb. 7. According to the warrant, Deputy Michael Murphy was dispatched to 831 New Midway Road around 9 a.m. to investigate a suspicious 911 call.

  • Sheriff launches Midway High probe

    From staff reports

    Law-enforcement officials were tight-lipped Friday about an investigation going on at Midway High School.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips confirmed an investigation was ongoing, but he wouldn’t discuss what or who is being looked at.

    “I know people want more than that, but with the investigation ongoing we can’t talk about the details of the case or about who may or may not be involved,” he said.

  • Valentines For 70 Years

    Even after seven decades, the love story of a long-married Kingston couple is still being written.

    Bob and Mildred Snow will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary March 10, and “still love each other very much,” says their daughter, Kathy Mount.

    “We’ve had our ups and downs,” said Bob of their union.

    “But not really that many downs,” added Mildred. “We never fight – never have.

    “We might discuss, but we never fight.”

  • Trio of East Tennesseans tapped for police slots

    Harriman Police Department officials didn’t have to look far for the three candidates to fill department vacancies.

    More than 200 applicants from all over the country applied for the jobs, but with a search process that included an intense look into the background of the applicants by the detective unit, three East Tennesseans were picked.

    The first to be hired was Jeff Coffey, a 2009 Harriman High School graduate who has held longtime employment with the Morgan County Correctional Complex where he is part of a special response team.