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  • Alleged bank robber caught

    A man suspected of robbing the Bank of America in Kingston on May 1 wasn’t on the run for long.
    According to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Billy Joe Dugard, 36, was arrested in Columbus, Ohio on May 2.
    The FBI said Dugard, of Crothersville, Ind., will be charged in federal court in Tennessee for robbing the Bank of America and a BB&T in Loudon County.
    Both robberies occurred on May 1 less than an hour apart.
    Dugard reportedly entered each bank, handed a note to the teller and demanded money.
     

  • John C. Henry memory honored at state level

    The memory of John Calvin Henry, the namesake of The Henry Center, was honored recently by a state-level resolution.
    The Henry Center, a daycare facility for  children with and without disabilities, is part of the Michael Dunn Center’s services to those with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
    John Henry died late last month.
    His parents, Jim and Pat Henry, have been long-time advocates for people with developmental and intellectual disabilities — even before John’s birth.

  • Kingston expects to shift gears on leftover waterline funding

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston officials may finally have the go-ahead to use leftover waterline funds to shore up its sewer system.
    For months, the city has been in a quandary as to how to use monies available after the completion of a sewer project on Gallaher Road, enabled by a federal grant and loan program.

  • Firefighter sets nine fires?

    STAFF REPORTS
    A member of the South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department recently confessed to setting nine fires, according to a press release from the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    Suspicion began to arise about Keith L. Hephner Jr. when firefighters responded to a structure fire on Laurel Bluff Road on April 20.
    “Firefighters on the scene felt there was evidence of arson,” the release said. “The sheriff’s office arson investigation division was called to the scene and found evidence that was of suspicious nature.”

  • Dogs that bit boy set to be euthanized

    Two pit bulls that reportedly attacked a 4-year-old boy are set to be euthanized after a 10-day quarantine. 
    “Since they have bit somebody, we have to hold them for 10 days for observation,” Roane County Animal Control Officer Josh Strickland said. “After that, we can put them to sleep.”
    Annette Broshears called 911 on Monday just before 1 p.m. and reported one of her dogs had bitten off her son’s ear. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office, medical personnel and animal control responded to the home at 542 Emory Heights Road.

  • Child’s death from severe malnutrition

    The circumstances surrounding the death of a 2-year-old Roane County boy remain under investigation, but authorities have determined a cause of death.
    An autopsy was conducted on Clifford Dotson on Friday. Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigator Art Wolff said preliminary findings indicate the boy died of severe malnutrition. 
    Wolff said he was notified at 4:50 a.m. on May 3 that a mother had taken a toddler to Fort Loudoun Medical Center in Lenoir City.
    Wolff said the toddler was dead on arrival.

  • Hear music, support fireworks in Kingston

    Kingston parks and recreation department is hosting the Battle of the Bands fundraiser Friday adjacent to Byrd Field. The event, located at 1150 Sevier Perry Road, will begin at 6 p.m. and will help pay for programs on July 4 and for the Kingston Country Fair.
    Interested bands of any genre are encouraged to enter. The only requirement is that bands cannot have a CD that they are marketing.

  • United Way has Fun Day at RSCC

    Roane County United Way’s fourth annual “Family Fun Day” will be Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Roane State Community College.
    “We invite folks to come out and show their support to the dedicated and hardworking organizations that help meet the needs of our community with the many resources and services that they offer,” said Amy Harmon, United Way executive director.

  • OS kids target county needs

    Students at Oliver Springs High School are helping save the Roane County Sheriff’s Office some money.

    The principles of manufacturing class is finishing up on constructing moveable targets for the sheriff’s office to use at its new range.

    School Resource Officer Steve Sanders was speaking to one of the lieutenants when the proposition came up to purchase moveable targets to go along with their permanently placed targets.

  • It’s time to celebrate tasty weed

    The organizers of the Polk Salad Festival in Harriman pride themselves on the event’s country fair feel.

    This year they’ve added two new old-time contests to the event on Saturday, May 12: a cross-cut saw competition and log toss.

    The cross-cutting contest will be where there is “one guy on both sides of the log cutting back and forth,” said David Webb.