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  • Kingston abandons in-lieu-of-tax notion

    After placing a request for in-lieu-of-tax payments from the county on its agenda at an April work session, Kingston City Council members let the motion die on the vine when it came time a for a vote on the issue April 10.

    Council members decided on April 3 to place a letter on the April 10 full council agenda seeking in-lieu-of-tax payments for county facilities on city commercial property.

    Such payments involve voluntary fees paid from one governmental entity to another to make up for lost tax revenue.

  • Correction

    Roane County Animal Control Director John Griffin said he didn’t expect any charges to be filed in the killing of a class rabbit at Midway High School because no students would come forward and state what happened.

    A story in Friday’s print edition may have caused some confusion because it included conflicting comments from Griffin made during different stages of the investigation.

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  • School director finalists include Roane educator

    Roane County Schools administrator Gary Aytes is among the three finalists for the director of schools post.

    The Roane County Board of Education chose Aytes, Donald Andrews and John Green late Friday as the finalists for the position, which will be vacated with the retirement of Toni McGriff this summer.

  • School director search narrows

    Friday the 13th could be lucky for three people who aspire to be Roane County Schools next director.

    Three finalists are expected to be named before the weekend.

    During the interview process, the candidates are being scored in 20 areas on a scale of 1 to 5 by each member of the Board of Education.

    Three candidates were interviewed on Wednesday.

    Four were scheduled to be interviewed on Thursday, and the final three candidates are set to be interviewed today.

  • Woman claims fatal shot accident

    A Kingston woman charged with aggravated domestic assault in the shooting death of her boyfriend is claiming the shot was accidentally fired.
    Kingston police said Tammy Ellen Rosado shot her 63-year-old boyfriend, James Ronald Cobb, in the chest on April 4. He died April 7 at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.
    According to the arrest warrant, Rosado called 911 around 1 a.m. and reported that Cobb had shot himself.
    Police heard differently when they arrived at the couple’s 814 Rosedale Ave. residence.

  • Congressman to attend VA hospital talk

    A number of federal and state officials and their staffs have toured the soon-to-be-abandoned Roane Medical Center.
    Today, Friday, April 13, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and aides from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker’s office will be touring the facility, which will be vacated once Covenant Health completes its new hospital in Midtown.
    Proponents for a Veterans Affairs hospital have seen a huge response from their call for support, culminating recently in more than 600 people attending a meeting on Easter weekend.

  • Class rabbit painted, killed

    County Animal Control Director John Griffin said officers went to Midway High School on Thursday to investigate the killing of a class rabbit.
    If reports are true, it suffered a brutal death. Griffin said the rabbit was taped, stabbed more than a dozen times and painted green.
    “Apparently it happened over the Easter vacation,” he said.
    Griffin said two male students are suspected of killing the rabbit, but no charges are expected.

  • Trifecta of fun set for May 12

    Three big events will make Roane State Community College the place to be on Saturday, May 12.
    The events will kick off at 8 a.m. with CASA of the 9th District’s annual 5K Run/Walk and 1-mile Fun Run.
    The race is part of a sanctioned series and door prizes will be given.
    To sign up, look for entry forms at Foust Family Fitness Center in Kingston or contact Terri Likens at 717-0717 or likenst@aol.com.

  • Public rallies for VA hospital

    Hundreds of veterans, their families, friends and government officials from Roane and surrounding counties answered a call for support for a Veterans Affairs hospital in the Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman.
    The numbers were so large the public-interest meeting was moved from its original location at the Harriman American Legion Post 53 to Harriman High School’s auditorium.
    Even that was filled to standing-room only.