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  • Kingston's Day in the sun
  • Smart kids, black belts

    Don’t mess with success — especially when it involves smart teenagers with black belts.
    The academic top three for Rockwood High School’s class of 2013 all have first-degree black belts in taekwondo. First-degree is the highest rank achievable.
    Peyton Robinette, Seth Emmert and Michael Grigsby, in top academic order, worked hard to earn them at Kingston Martial Arts Center, formerly Tennessee Tae Kwon Do Judo Center.
    Grigsby called his black belt “a symbol of perseverance, determination and endurance.”
    Robinette agreed.

  • City manager choice today?

    Kingston isn’t wasting any time on filling the job after longtime city manager Jim Pinkerton retired last month.
    Three finalists will be in town today (Friday) for tours and interviews, and a council vote on them is set in the afternoon.
    From nearly 40 people who applied, the final three are David Bolling, a former Oliver Springs town manager and current town administrator for Newscastle, Maine; Tracy Baker, assistant city administrator of Sevierville; and David Rutherford, McMinnville city manager.
    A fourth finalist withdrew from the process.

  • VW parts center not yet ready for main jobs push

    When are the jobs coming?
    That’s what Bob Kite, a member of Roane County Industrial Development Board, recently wanted to know about Volkswagen’s new Southeastern Regional Distribution Center. 
    “When you’re full PDC (parts distribution center) how many people do you expect to employ?” Kite asked.
    “I don’t necessarily want to be quoted as saying any particular number,” said John Kutz, senior manager of the facility. “Anywhere from, probably, 20 to 50 people.”

  • Midtown wreck driver cited

    Trooper Gary Snow said James Britton, the driver who allegedly caused a chain-reaction crash in Midtown on May 3, was cited for failure to exercise due care. The wreck was at the intersection of Roane State Highway and Ruritan Road.

    According to police reports, two SUVs were stopped at the traffic light when Britton’s pickup crashed into the back of a TrailBlazer.
    Snow identified the SUV drivers as John F. Rinke and Andrea L. Lawson.

  • New charge lodged against Leon Houston

    A superseding indictment was filed against Leon Houston in U.S. District Court on Tuesday.
    The superseding indictment replaces the one filed against Houston in January. 
    In addition to the original charge of possessing firearms while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance, he’s now also charged with use of a telephone to threaten an individual.
    Houston has been in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville since January. The alleged threat occurred on Feb. 10.

  • Watergate era was journalism at its finest

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Forty years ago this week, The Washington Post — and its self-described “young and hard-digging reporters, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein” — took home a Pulitzer Prize for public service for coverage of the Watergate scandal.
    Other winners in journalism that year included the Chicago Tribune, The New York Times and Knight Newspapers, and entries from several local newspapers   — all part of what we today would call “mainstream media.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Is NRA endangering Second Amendment?

    Two things have prompted us to return to the topic of the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
    The first was a recent PBS programme “Need to Know,” wherein three college professors, and self-identified experts, expounded upon the meaning of the Amendment, erroneously, in our opinion.
    The second was the recent national convention of the National Rifle Association.

  • Oliver Springs Career Day
  • SOAKED: Almost 4 inches of rainfall recorded

    Rain from the past weekend did more than dampen a few spirits and cancel outdoor activities.
    Weather watchers recorded almost 4 inches of rain in Roane County over the period that saw almost steady showers for about 48 hours.
    “As of yesterday morning, they had 3.9 inches at the [Kingston TVA] Fossil Plant,” said David Gaffin, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Morristown.
    “At Rockwood, they had 3.81 inches,” he said. “We had another place in Kingston that had 3.77 inches.”