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  • Peek-a-boo!
  • Kudos to Yager at annual Courthouse Gala

    Directors of the Roane County Heritage Commission, area residents and history buffs from as far away as Kentucky gathered at the old Roane County Courthouse in Kingston last Saturday for the first Spring Gala and fundraiser.

    All proceeds from the evening went toward continuing renovations of the old courthouse, which is one of only six pre-Civil War courthouses still standing in Tennessee.

  • Help Rockwood mark its 150th anniversary

    Residents of the city of Rockwood are preparing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the city’s founding.

    The anniversary is two years away, in 2018, but planners are getting ready now for the extravaganza.

    A number of exciting events are planned throughout the year to commemorate the city’s rich history.

    Those who are interested in helping with the planning process are encouraged to attend a meeting on May 26 at Rockwood City Hall.

    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m.

  • Off-duty officers on traffic control

    Traffic troubles in Kingston do not mean city officers are ignoring city business.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling said he had recently received one comment that “we shouldn’t be taking officers off the streets and paying them to sit under tents in the shade watching the traffic go by” in the wake of Interstate 40 construction work that has massive amounts of traffic spilling over into Kingston.

  • ‘They will live forever in our hearts’

    The somber 10th anniversary of the deaths of Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along friend, former lawman Mike Brown, will be quietly commemorated today in the Law Enforcement Memorial Garden of the Roane County Detention Center.

    The two were shot and killed while on duty May 11, 2006, and a memorial service honoring them and other fallen Roane County law officers has been held every year since.

    This year, the service will fall on the actual date of their deaths.

  • Judge Scott tight-lipped about trials

    Many years after its confusing conclusion, retired judge James “Buddy” Scott remains reluctant to talk about the Rocky Houston trial.

    “I feel uncomfortable about the ethics of the thing,” Scott told the Roane County News recently.

    “I haven’t sat down or talked with individuals about those type of things because I feel like those are matters best reserved for the courtroom.”

    Scott presided over the murder trials of Rocky and his older brother, Leon Houston.

  • Charges pending in Hwy. 27 wreck

    Criminal charges are pending in a weekend crash that resulted in the death of an elderly Florida man.

    The wreck was south of Rockwood on Hwy. 27 at the intersection of Mountain View Road.

    Trooper Gary Snow investigated for the Tennessee Highway Patrol. According to the report, Henry Howard was driving a 2010 Toyota Corolla. His wife, 85-year-old Fujiko Howard, was a passenger in the Corolla.

    Howard stopped the car on the shoulder of the highway around 7 a.m. to use a cellphone.

  • School social worker served Harriman, Oliver Springs

    A Harriman woman was killed Friday evening in a three-car crash caused by a driver accused of being under the influence at Oak Ridge Turnpike and Jefferson Avenue.

    Christy Duncan, 37, and her 4-year-old daughter, Janna, were both extricated from their vehicle and taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center where Duncan later died, according to Oak Ridge Police Department reports.

  • Middle College Graduation Day
  • Tiger Haven shooting charge dismissed

    Toby Rhynehart no longer stands accused of firing a rifle at Tiger Haven.

    The felony reckless endangerment charge he faced over a May 2013 shooting incident has been dismissed by prosecutors.

    “I was innocent,” he said last week.

    Tiger Haven, a sanctuary in East Roane County that houses tigers, lions, leopards and other big cat breeds, abuts Rhynehart’s 114-acre farm. He and other neighbors have been at odds with Tiger Haven for years, claiming the facility is a nuisance and unsafe.