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  • County could get TVA campground

    Roane County could be taking over some TVA land.
    County Executive Ron Woody said the quasi-federal agency has approached the county about operating the Riley Creek campground.
    “Roane County will need to apply, and we still must approve, but we have said we are willing to consider and we think it is a good idea,” TVA spokesman Travis Brickey said.
    The campground is south of Kingston behind Anglers Cove subdivision.

  • Couple indicted

    A Harriman pair was indicted for selling drugs in a school zone.
    Stacy L. Inman and Marshaun Luden of 112 Redwood Drive were indicted for one count of possession for resale of a schedule substance in school zone.
    The indictment said that in May 2009 the couple sold marijuana in the amount of more than one half ounce but less than 10 pounds within 1000 yards of the grounds of a school facility.
    Police said the majority of the buys took place near Harriman High School.

  • TVA campground schedules

    The Tennessee Valley Authority’s 11 seasonal campgrounds on reservoirs throughout the Tennessee River watershed will open for the 2011 recreation season on Friday, March 18.
    These are in addition to about 70 TVA day-use recreation areas located on dam reservations that are open year-round.
    Day-use recreation areas are used for hiking, fishing, boating, picnicking, wildlife viewing and swimming. The season for most campgrounds runs through Nov. 14.

  • 4-H Chick Chain
  • Roane County welcomes Miss Tennessee
  • McGriff given one-year contract extension

    The Roane County Board of Education voted 6-4 to extend Director of Schools Toni McGriff's contract for one-year.

    "I moved to the place where I did want to stay another year,” McGriff said following Tuesday night's special-called meeting. “I hoped that I had done a good enough job that the board would want me to return.”

    McGriff's contract was set to expire on June 30. The one-year extension will keep McGriff in charge of the school system until June 30, 2012.

  • Ten Mile man charged with sexual battery

    A man’s alleged sexual contact with a 13-year-old has gotten him indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury.

    Tommy Stansberry Smith of 7521 State Highway 304, Ten Mile, is charged with one count of sexual battery.

    Smith, 64, was indicted by the grand jury on Feb. 22. The charge is a Class E felony.

    The indictment said Smith unlawfully, knowingly and feloniously engaged in sexual contact with the victim at a time when he knew or had reason to know the victim did not consent.

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  • Who will pick Rockwood's utilities head?

    Rockwood City Council laid the groundwork last week toward bringing a newly appointed Rockwood Water Sewer and Gas Board and general manager closer to reality.

    The council is set to meet at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in a workshop session to look at applications to fill the general manager position.

    The meeting comes on the heels of council’s initial approval of an ordinance to re-establish the board. The ordinance must meet council approval on second reading before it is enacted.

  • Austin critic in favor of restoring rights

    Former judge Thomas Austin declined to discuss why he feels he’s entitled to his citizenship rights back.  

    “I don’t have any comment about that because my lawyer is handling it for me,” Austin said Friday.

    “He told me not to comment to anybody, so I’m going to listen to my lawyer,” he added. “That’s what I’m paying him for.”

    Austin’s attorney is Browder Williams. He said Austin is seeking to have his rights restored because the law allows him to.

  • FORE!

    Kingston resident Jim Smith takes a swing on the green during a recent outing at Southwest Point Golf Course.