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  • Unidentified Kingston officer fires shot

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has been alerted to an incident in which an unidentified Kingston police officer fired his weapon while in pursuit of a man wanted in Florida.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam is conducting an internal investigation into the March 13 incident, a release from the District Attorney General’s Office said.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, Chad Stallard was a passenger in a car that was stopped for speeding.

  • Mom enters guilty plea in death of 5-year-old

    A Spring City woman pled guilty to the facilitation of first degree felony murder in the August 2013 death of her son, 5-year-old Landon Robbins.

    Jessica Robbins also pled guilty to aggravated child abuse.

    She entered her pleas on March

    17.

    The mother was originally charged in September 2013 with felony first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse after her son was found unresponsive in the home, according to reports.

  • ‘And next year, I’m back to win!’

    Olivia O’Shell may have never used the word “juvenilia.”

    But it’s highly likely she’ll ever forget how to spell it.

    That’s because it’s the word that took down the Kingston Elementary spelling champ in last weekend’s Southern Appalachian Regional Spelling Bee in Knoxville.

    “I just couldn’t picture it in my head,” said Olivia, who took home third place in the regional competition.

    “Everything was getting to me.”

  • HAVING A BALL!

    For most women, playing league basketball at Rockwood Community Center is something fun to do on Sunday.

    But for one, it is something to mark off her bucket list.

    “I always wanted to play ball in high school,” Delores Galyon said. “More than anything.”

    But her parents wouldn’t let her.

    “They were old-fashioned,” she said. “They didn’t play, so they didn’t understand how important it was to me.”

    The 65-year-old Kingston grandmother is finally realizing her dream.

  • Some recalled Blue Bell treats kept at Roane

    Blue Bell Creameries, a Texas company that has a distribution center in Roane County, is dealing with a product recall because of its links to a listeriosis outbreak.

    “The products were distributed throughout our distribution centers,” Blue Bell spokeswoman Jenny Van Dorf said earlier this week.

    Those distribution centers included the one in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park on Pawnook Farm Road in East Roane County.

  • Man arrested in cemetery vandalism

    By KAITLIN KEANE and DAMON LAWRENCE

    A man suspected in last week’s theft and vandalism at the Swan Pond Baptist Church cemetery was arrested Tuesday morning.

    Kevin D. Limburg is charged with failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of a schedule VI drug and evading arrest.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said authorities have not charged him in the cemetery incident, but he expects charges will come.

    “They will probably be grand jury charges,” he said.

  • Harriman considers business headhunters

    Harriman officials will decide in upcoming weeks whether to contract with a firm that specializes in hooking up prime locations with potential retailers.

    Retail Strategies, a Birmingham, Ala.-based consulting firm, wants to research Harriman’s offerings through demographics, traffic count and business analysis to develop a retail recruitment strategic plan.

  • FINAL RESPECTS

    Teddy Lee Morton, a former mayor of Kingston and a public servant in many other roles, died Saturday after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

    He was 77.

    Morton had served as a Kingston City Council member and also managed the city’s water and sewer departments. A graduate of Roane County High School, he later served on the Roane County School Board.

    He was an active member

    of First Baptist Church in Kingston and was involved in its summer mission work, despite his health issues.

  • Property assessor to speak to Roane County Tea Party

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan will meet with Roane County Tea Party on March 19.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.

    Morgan has agreed to discuss the present status of the reappraisal of property taxes in Roane County.

    “Mr. Morgan states that he will answer questions presented to him by citizens concerning the process to date,” said Gary Johnston, co-chairman of the Roane County Tea Party.

  • Delayed school start still possible

    Roane County Board of Education member Sam Cox hasn’t changed his convictions.

    Cox said at January work session that he doesn’t think the 2015-16 school year should start until a budget is set. Cox, who represents District 3/4, reiterated that earlier this month.

    “I wouldn’t want to have a teacher there and tell them they’ve got that job for that year, and then have to lay them off,” he said.