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  • Kingston dedicates pavilion to employees

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    It was a classic Willie Gordon comment.

    After a glowing commendation from Kingston Mayor Troy Beets for fire chief’s leading role in building the new pavilion at City Park, Beets declared that the kitchen will forever be known as the Willie Gordon Kitchen.

    “At least it’s not the bathroom,” Gordon drawled in response.

    The pavilion was opened and dedicated at ceremonies Friday that were tied in with the annual Kingston city employees annual picnic.

  • Bumper marijuana plant crop eradicated in Roane County

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Instead of winding up on the streets, somebody’s yield of marijuana ended up in the hands of authorities on Tuesday.

    “I would say that we made it a bad day for a pot grower in Tennessee,” TBI Special Agent in Charge T.J. Jordan said.

    Jordan oversees the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication. The task force discovered approximately 2,100 marijuana plants in a secluded area South of the River.

  • Harriman wants more from county

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson isn’t afraid to ask for more.

    He wants to ask the county to fund three police officer and three firefighter positions, and proposed as much at a recent Harriman City Council workshop.

    “We don’t get nearly enough for our county taxes,” Sampson said.

    “That sounds like metro government, J.D.,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

    Sampson disagreed.

  • County debates pay raise

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Members of the county budget committee have expressed support for a boost in pay for employees.

    “I wish that we could give our employees a salary increase,” County Executive Mike Farmer said.

    Budget director Alva Moore said a 1-percent raise would cost about $103,000.

    Employees were in line to get a 1-percent raise last year, but it was taken out of the budget at the last minute.

  • No jail time for Rocky

    Despite convictions for evading arrest and reckless endangerment, Rocky Houston walked out of the Roane County Courthouse a free man on Friday. 

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  • Manson killer stays in jail

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    According to his lawyer, Manson Family killer Bruce Davis was planning to live with his wife and daughter once he got out of prison.

    Davis will have to come up with an alternate plan now, because he’s staying behind bars.

    Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger reversed a California parole board’s decision that would have allowed the convicted killer and Charles Manson follower to get out of prison after 38 years.

  • Naked chase ends in arrest

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Putting on clothes was the last thing on Tony Scruggs’ mind when he heard his wife summon him in a frightened tone.

    “I was butt naked, about to go take a shower, when I heard my wife real startled on the intercom,” he said. “She said, ‘Tony, get downstairs.’ I ran down those steps at about 100 miles per hour.”

    His wife caught an intruder hiding behind a bar in their home on Arrowhead Trail on June 23.

    Scruggs said he yelled at the man to get out of their house.

  • Woman charged in fatal accident

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Kingston woman has been indicted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide in a November 2009 traffic accident.

    Two people riding on a motorcycle were killed in the accident.

    Aileen Kennedy was driving a 1997 Ford Ranger on Hwy. 58 when she attempted a turn into the Riverbend Market.

    She turned right into the path of the Honda Goldwing motorcycle that carried Keith B. Abblett and Nadia Abblett, both of Knoxville.

  • Tree swallows help monitor TVA ash toxins

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    When it comes to determining the potential harm from TVA’s 2008 ash spill, scientists are turning to the birds.

    Tree swallows, to be precise.

    Why tree swallows?

    Neil Carriker, who is overseeing the TVA study, says the birds’ feeding and territorial habits make it an ideal subject.

    Based on its diet of primarily insects, he sees it as sort of large-mouth bass with wings.

    But unlike the bass, the tree swallow doesn’t go far from its nesting box during breeding season.