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  • Woman dead, residents are devastated

    From Staff reports

    A Harriman woman is dead and nine residents are displaced following a devastating early morning apartment fire Sunday.

    Officials identified the victim as Sandra Mills. Unconfirmed reports indicate the fire may have begun in her apartment, but no cause had been determined as of Monday afternoon.

  • Roane doctor is arrested for DUI

    Dr. Clary Foote was arrested on Sunday for driving under the influence.

    According to the warrant, he was driving a 1988 Chevy the wrong way on the 355 West on-ramp to Interstate 40.

    “The suspect smelled of alcoholic beverage and had bloodshot eyes,” Trooper Robert Woody said in the arrest warrant. “He could not say his alphabet from G to W.”

    Foote wouldn’t do the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus test, and performed badly on others that he did do, according to the warrant.

  • Former fire captain pleads guilty

    A former fire captain who was charged with stealing county property could have his record wiped clean if he stays out of trouble.

    John “Shorty” Rayburn pleaded guilty on Friday in Roane County Criminal Court to theft of property from $10,000-$60,000. He received no prison time and was placed on judicial diversion for three years. Successful completion of judicial diversion would allow the felony to be removed from his record.

  • Stockton addresses child abuse at pinwheel service

    The pinwheels planted for National Child Abuse Prevention Month continue to paint a grim picture in the Ninth Judicial District.

    “This past year we served 339 children,” said Chris Evans-Longmire, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District.

    The district is comprised of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

  • Feds hold hearing on Kingston boat slip plans

    TVA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are holding a joint 30-day public notice period regarding the proposed 18-slip boat dock at the Highway 58 Landing.

    The notice became effective April 13, and will expire May 13, according to the public notice documentation.

    During this time frame, both the Army Corps of Engineers and TVA are soliciting comments from the public “in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of this proposed activity,” according to the notice.

  • Judges deny Rocky Houston new hearing in federal gun case

    Rocky Houston’s request for a new hearing before the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals was denied last week.

    In February, a three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld his federal firearms conviction.

    Houston’s attorney, Steven R. Jaeger of Erlanger, Ky., responded to that decision by requesting a hearing before all the judges that serve in the Sixth Circuit.

    The original panel reviewed the request and determined the issues raised had already been decided.

  • Community outpouring goes to help Kingston resident

    More than $1,000 was raised Sunday to benefit a Kingston man still recuperating from a March motorcycle wreck.

    Doug Oliver was seriously injured in the accident which occurred March 25 at the intersection of Highway 70 and Piney Ridge Road. A ruptured spleen and a broken collar bone were among his injuries, and he spent several days in ICU at UT Medical Center in Knoxville, said long-time friend Melissa Neklason, who headed up Sunday’s fund-raiser.

    “He’s at home now, but he’s got a ways to go,” she said.

  • Laid-back equine a passion for Bartons of Lexlin

    What started as a husband keeping his word has turned into one of the largest horse ranches of its kind in the United States.

    That vow, made by Eric Barton to his wife Mechelle, led to Lexlin Gypsy Ranch in Rockwood’s Grande Vista Bay community, where the Bartons breed Gypsy Vanners.

    “I was promised a horse by my husband,” Mechelle Barton said. “I saw one of these in a magazine and seen they had only been in the U.S. since 1996, so I went to Wales to learn about them.

  • Alleged knife wielder zapped by police

    A 57-year-old man was Tasered on April 12 after he allegedly pulled a knife on a Kingston policeman.

    Lawrence Stringfield, 2759 Sugar Grove Valley Road, Harriman, is facing charges of resisting arrest, aggravated assault, evading arrest, reckless endangerment and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

    According to the reports, Kingston Police Officer Bo Smith tried to pull Stringfield over on the morning of April 11 after he failed to come to a complete stop at a three-way stop sign at the intersection of North Kentucky Street and Ladd Landing Blvd.

  • Horsehead emissions concerns addressed

    More than a dozen people shared their concerns about Horsehead Corp. emissions during a permit hearing Thursday.

    Horsehead Corp. is a Rockwood facility that processes EAF dust in the creation of crude zinc oxide and iron-rich material.

    Nick Barrett, who lives at 420 W. Rockwood St., showed a number of videos he recorded from his home that showed emissions from various parts of the facility, including what looks like large gray cloud coming out of different areas.