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Local News

  • County OKs funding for some nonprofits

    The Roane County Commission voted 15-0 on Nov. 8 to give $127,450 to non-profit organizations.
    The groups receiving money are Child and Family Services ($2,780), Michael Dunn Rehabilitation Center ($30,000), Mid-East Community Action Agency ($13,547), Roane County Heritage Commission ($1,500), Michael Dunn Day Care Center ($10,823), East Tennessee Human Resources Agency ($8,800), Roane County Rescue Squad ($35,000) and Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District ($25,000).

  • Happy Birthday Marines

    William Carothers, 84, of Ten Mile was the oldest veteran honored at the 235th birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps Monday night at the Kingston Church of Christ Family Center. Carothers served in the Marines from 1944-46, and was stationed in Guam when the atomic bomb was dropped during World War II.

  • Bedbugs infest public housing

    A discarded couch may be what has spread a bedbug infestation at Clifty Manor, an apartment complex that is part of Harriman Housing Authority.

    That is what authority director Sheila Smith believes.

    “If the tenants would not pick up the stuff on the curb that has bedbugs,” Smith said. “All the time they are carrying it in.”

  • Two indicted on heroin charges

    Two Oliver Springs residents were named in a federal indictment charging them with distributing heroin that resulted in an alleged overdose.

    According to a news release from the office of U.S. Attorney William C. Killian’s office, Randall Keith Fowler, 47, and Brenda Lynn Fowler, 46, were charged with conspiracy to distribute, and possess with intent to distribute 100 grams or more heroin, a Schedule I controlled substance, where serious bodily injury (an overdose) to another person resulted from the use of heroin.

  • Autumn sunset

    The Maxwell and Lawson families take in the Wednesday sunset’s rich hues while fishing on Watts Bar Lake in Kingston.

  • Police academy

    The Roane County Sheriff Office’s Citizen’s Law Enforcement Academy instructs participants about patrol duties and defensive tactics Tuesday night. Gary Inman, a participant, acts as police officer in a scenario where Deputy John Mayes plays someone stopped for doing 15 mph over the speed limit without headlights. “It’s just to give an idea of what we do,” Mayes said.

  • United Way's Pump Day
  • Love a parade? Holiday lineups scheduled

    Kingston will kick off the Christmas parade season on Nov. 29, the Monday after Thanksgiving.

    There is a $10 fee for commercial entries, and the deadline to enter is Nov. 19 at 4 p.m.

    The parade starts at 7 p.m. in front of Roane County High School, and lineup is 5:30-6 p.m.

    Harriman’s Christmas Parade will be Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., starting at Harriman High School.

    Lineup begins at 5:30 p.m., and entries must be received by Nov. 18. To register online, go to http://cityofharriman.net/home-page/announcements.

  • Cawood jabs at board in book

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood has made a living documenting his feuds with authorities.

    His latest work focuses on the state Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the ethical conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Not surprisingly, Cawood has some rather unflattering things to say about the board in his new book, “The Board of Unprofessional Irresponsibility.”

    “I think a lot of lawyers will enjoy it quietly,” Cawood said Tuesday.

  • Upheaval continues in Rockwood

    Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas Board will soon be short another leader.

    Interim general manager Willard Mead, who had previously been the assistant manager for six years, announced his resignation Monday to the surprise of the Rockwood City Council.

    The announcement came in special- called session to discuss the budget and two resolutions concerning borrowing and grant funds for sewer projects.

    “No good news,” Mayor James Watts said after Mead had handed him a slip of paper with his resignation letter.