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  • More speeding tickets result in fewer wrecks

    Speeders have more to grumble about in Harriman thanks to an increase in citations since Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico has came on board.

    More cautious drivers, however, may be seeing a real benefit from seeing those lead footed drivers handed tickets.

    “When we write tickets in the hot spots accidents go down,” said Pacifico.

    In November the police department wrote 37 citations, another 44 in December, and then went on a frenzy, citing 74 people in January and 67 in February.

  • Meth found beside sleeping child

    Oliver Springs police reportedly found methamphetamine laying on a bed beside a sleeping 9-year-old last month. Five adults who were allegedly in the home at the time are facing criminal charges.

    According to the warrant, Oliver Springs Police Lt. David Laxton went to 424 Kingston Ave. on Feb. 9 to search the residence.

    “Upon arrival, Lt. Laxton located in the master bedroom Linda Lively, John Jones, Clark Bunch, Candy Kirkland and minor child, only 9-years-old,” the warrant said.

  • Caney Creek crossing woes solution may be found in proposed gas tax

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is following the debate in the General Assembly on Gov. Bill Haslam’s gas tax proposal. The IMPROVE Act – Improving Manufacturing, Public Roads and Opportunities for a Vibrant Economy – would increase the tax on gas 7 cents per gallon and on diesel 12 cents per gallon.

  • State grant for park in jeopardy

    Despite the efforts and good faith of city officials, Gertrude Porter Park in Kingston is not only incomplete, but the city may not receive the state-allocated grant funds to cover any of the work.

    City Manager David Bolling reported to Kingston City Council members Tuesday during its regularly scheduled work session that the situation is “a mess.”

    “We have had a lot of problems with the contractor. There have been weeks and weeks where no one has been [at the park site]. We have also had pretty days where no one is there.


    Near the Roane and Rhea County line sits a monument at Whites Creek, not far from where Rockwood Boy Scouts and their leader lost their lives in a devastating flood on March 23, 1929.

    Members of Roane County troops gathered together recently to repair the monument, and a rededication is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, March 25, at the monument.

    “We are just trying to do something since this was put up in memory of these individuals,” said Russ Limburg with Troop 101 in Kingston.

    The monument and surrounding area were in need of a little TLC.

  • Kingston rejects alcohol sales for special events

    Following several months of discussion, Kingston City Council will not be considering special event alcohol permits anytime soon.

    The body had mulled possibly voting on an as-yet undrafted ordinance which could potentially allow special event alcohol permits to be considered by Council on a case-by-case basis.

  • Harriman police say man forced to withdraw money

    Harriman Police Department are investigating a possible abduction after being called to the Check Into Cash at 1826 Roane State Hwy. around 3:27 p.m. Wednesday.

    Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico said the 911 call came out that two men were in the Check Into Cash and one looked endangered.

    Victim Arvil Daugherty indicated he wanted the police to be called. The 911 caller said there was also people in a car outside who were possibly armed.

    Officials said Daugherty was being taken around to get money.

  • Barbecue latest Kingston event for Ethan Guinn

    The Kingston community continues to rally around Ethan Guinn, the Roane County High School senior diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in late January. Sunday afternoon was another show of support as a barbecue fundraiser was held at Kingston City Park to help the Guinn Family with expenses.

    “It’s important for me to help them out,” said Kenny Barding, organizer of Sunday’s event. “The Guinn family is a friend of mine. My daughter, Bailey, and Ethan are best friends.

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  • Kingston man accused of setting home on fire

    Jonathan D. Grizzell, a 39-year-old Kingston man, is accused of setting his house on fire and trying to file a false insurance claim.

    He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury last month on charges of arson and attempted insurance fraud.

    He declined to comment on the charges when contacted late last week.

    “You need to speak with my attorney,” he said.

    The Kingston Fire Department responded to a fire at Grizzell’s 1511 Kathy Circle residence on Oct. 5, 2016.