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  • Nelson vows to finish her term on school board

    Kim Nelson said she plans to finish her term on the Roane County Board of Education.
    She was elected circuit court clerk earlier this month, and will take office on Sept. 1.
    Nelson was elected to the school board in 2008. She has two years remaining on a four-year term.
    “If it comes out that I can’t stay on, then I’ll have to give it up, but I want to try to finish my term,” she said.
    Angela Randolph, the current clerk, did not seek re-election.
    Nelson defeated Mona Gardner Wright and Bob Alford for the position.

  • Rockwood police find pipe bombs in home

    A Rockwood man is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court next month on bomb-making charges.

    Brian Bashaw, 45, was arrested on Aug. 8 after police went to his home at 324 S. Chamberlain Ave. to serve him with a vandalism warrant.

    There, police said, they discovered five pipe bombs.

  • Officials take steps to fix stairs

    The courthouse steps aren’t always the easiest to get up and down.
    Slips and falls have happened from time to time.
    Officials recognize the danger, which is why they plan to have the steps remodeled.  

    “It’s going to be over Labor Day weekend because they need the extra time for the courthouse to be closed to complete this project,” said Roane County safety officer Scott Stout. “They basically will be taking off all the tile, reforming the steps.”

  • Terrier helps avert tragedy

    When Rebecca Northern took a dive into her pool to cool off a couple weeks ago, it was very nearly her last act.

    What saved her life was a 10-pound fuzzy fireball.

    The Kingston woman had been working in the sunroom on one of those dog days in August.

    Done with her tasks, she only meant to swim a few refreshing laps in the inground pool at her parents’ home on Alma Lane.

  • Arrests made in armed robbery

    Two people allegedly involved in a Rockwood robbery were arrested at a gas station in Kingston on Monday. 

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the male and female suspects were juveniles.

    Dispatch received a call at 2:44 p.m. of an armed robbery at the College Market on Roane State Highway.

    A caller trailed the suspects, who were in a red car.

    They eventually pulled up to a gas pump at the Raceway on Kentucky Street in Kingston.

    Several officers converged on the scene and arrested the suspects.

  • Harriman taking steps to get new board going on industrial efforts

    The new Harriman Industrial Board is still without a charter.

    However, some of the people involved have some expertise.

    Attorney Sandy McPherson, Kingston’s city attorney and the attorney for the Roane County Industrial Board, is helping with the process of formally establishing the board.

    “I have been the attorney for Roane County’s Industrial Board for longer than I want to think about — maybe 30 years,” McPherson said. 

  • Roane sheriff candidate arrested in Oak Ridge domestic violence case

    A week after losing his bid to become Roane County sheriff, Ronald E. McCuistion was arrested on Aug. 13 in Oak Ridge on domestic assault charges.

    Oak Ridge Police Capt. Michael Uher said the incident happened in a Walmart parking lot.

    Uher said McCuistion hit the victim several times.

    McCuistion, who had served as a military police officer, ran against Jack Stockton in the race for sheriff.

    McCuistion’s campaign slogan was “Elect a U.S. Army veteran.”

    Voters decided he wasn’t the man for the job.

  • Family time real prize at fishing event

    Tyler Hatton had a plan.

    Sitting on a boulder with his toes dangling in the water of Caney Creek, the Kingston youth was determined to snag a fish — any fish — on a Saturday morning that had a headstart on its place as a blazing August day.

    “I put a piece of beef jerky on it,” he confided while watching the line. “A bluegill or something keeps biting on mine.”

    Tyler had high hopes.

  • ORAU: No harm to health found

    Oak Ridge Associated Universities, which was chosen to look into the health repercussions of the TVA fly ash disaster, said its studies have shown no harm.

    “Based on our medical evaluation and the current levels of exposure for these residents, we did not see any effects on their physical health,” John Benitez, a medical toxicologist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, was quoted in an ORAU press release.

  • Harriman delays extending lease on radio-controlled plane park

    A former member of the Tennessee Eagles radio-controlled airplane club convinced Harriman City Council to hold off on renewing the organization’s three-year lease agreement.

    The group leases its airstrip on what is called the Harriman industrial property. Terry Webb asked the council to consider leasing the property to him instead.

    “I was instrumental in developing that park,” said Webb, a former Tennessee Eagles member who owns a hobby shop in downtown Harriman.