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  • Candidate forums in Kingston, Rockwood

    Municipal elections are less than a month away, and two upcoming forums are planned to introduce voters to candidates and help them make an informed decision in the voting booth.

    The city of Kingston will have its forum at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in Kingston Community Center.

    Residents will have an opportunity to meet Kingston City Council candidates on the ballot for the June 7 election.

    Three council seats are open. Candidates include incumbent Norm Sugarman, Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Brenda Timm.

  • Rallying together for a cure
  • On the quilt trail
  • Love of llamas: Oliver Springs couple rescues gentle creature

    Tall and sensitive, llamas are often used as pack animals.

    But at a secluded farm outside Oliver Springs, the South American mammals have the run of the place.

    Owners George and Pat Brandon’s interest in llamas quickly grew into making their farm a refuge, and Indian Creek Sanctuary was born.

    The couple say there is a lot to admire in the quiet animals.

    “I just like being with them. They are calm,” George said.

  • Got storm damage? Call the property assessor

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham wants to hear from people impacted by the severe weather that moved through the area on April 27.

    She is requesting that property owners with any loss or structural damage to buildings on their property from the storms contact her office at 376-4362.

    The information is necessary to ensure the 2011 appraisal information is correct.

    Kirkham said she was prompted to make the request after hearing reports about property damage while out in the public.

  • Why so many helicopters lately?

    An increase in helicopters in the area isn’t cause for alarm.Some are TVA helicopters doing storm-damage assessments.

    “I’ve confirmed that the helicopters that you have seen have been flying the region to assess storm damage on the TVA transmission system,” said Barbara Martocci, a TVA spokeswoman.

    On Wednesday many people noticed some low-flying helicopters along the waterways of Watts Bar.

  • RHS reunion brings in ‘lost’ friends

    Every Wednesday, a substantial group of Rockwood High School alumni share memories and good times over a lunch at Junior’s Restaurant.
    You never know who might attend.
    Recently the group included Ray Leffew, who traveled 140 miles from Hendersonville to attend.
    “When I get hungry and want something to eat, I come,” he quipped.
    Another reason he attends is to visit with his aunt, Mary Leffew Hood, with whom he graduated in 1962.
    Charles Holt, a former New York Yankees minor-league athlete, also recently attended a luncheon.

  • Church sanctuary burns

    Kingston United Methodist Church’s sanctuary was destroyed in an electrical fire Saturday evening.

    Pastor John C. Anderson was mowing the parsonage’s lawn next door when he noticed the church was on fire.

    Anderson called 911 at approximately 7 p.m. He checked himself to make sure no one was in the building.

    “The building can be built back. I’m just thankful no one was hurt,” Anderson said at the scene Saturday. “The way I look at it, the building isn’t the church; the people are.”

  • READERS VOICES: Your comments on the killing of Osama bin Laden

    Tim Crass, Sequoyah Shores subdivision: “It’s been a long time coming. He lived 12 years that he shouldn’t have lived. They should have killed him a year before he attacked the towers in New York. If they had done that we would still have those towers. That’s why I’m saying 12 years.”

    Steven Robinette, local mixed martial arts instructor: “I want to see the body.”

  • Bin Laden burial at sea: Roane Countian on ship

    Sandra Steele is a little closer to history these days.

    Her son, Rockwood High School graduate Chad Steele, is a sailor on board the USS Carl Vinson, the ship that carried out Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea after the terrorist leader was killed.

    “Me and my husband are so proud,” she said. “We’re just about to bust.”

    Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and America’s most wanted man, was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs who were sent in to find him at his compound in Pakistan.