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  • Happy Thanksgiving

    Editor’s note: While we’re all making our Thanksgiving menu preparations, we thought we’d ask some experts for new and unique ways to prepare the centerpiece of Thursday’s meal. You are, of course, welcome to stick to traditional methods of preparing your turkey. A special thanks to Midtown Elementary Principal Kendra Inman, first-grade teachers Lauren Simpson and Kayla Wadlington and their students for helping with this project. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Dalaina: First you put it in the oven, then take it out and cut it up, and then you eat it.

  • $2 million in grants to aid Rockwood

    Rockwood has been the recipient of several recent grants which gives the city more than $2 million.

    The grants will serve to update, repair and construct various projects in and around the city.

    Two of the grants will help rehabilitate homes in need of repair, which ties in with Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller’s goal of ridding Rockwood of unsightly and dilapidated properties.

    Required matching funds of about $369,000 equates to about 85 percent in grant funds and a 15 percent match.

    The grants include:

  • Oh, deer!

    With Swan Pond Baptist Church in the background, one of nature’s more docile creatures takes a leisurely afternoon stroll in the shadow of TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Steampunk goes aboard the Titanic: Harriman designers create costumes for Museum festivities

    Harriman’s Steps In Tyme Designs continues to be recognized for unique steampunk costume pieces, and people can take a look at some of the fascinating creations at a Thanksgiving event at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge.

    “We are costuming 20 people for a Steampunk Masquerade on Thanksgiving night,” said R.J. Foster, who owns Steps In Tyme with his wife, Roseanna.

    “It is part of their Winterfest kickoff up there. They contacted us to assist with the steampunk stuff. The costumes will be on the actors I cast for the event.”

  • After free wood dust-up, Ferguson rekindles program

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said he plans to restart his free wood program today – Monday – after shutting it down briefly earlier this month.

    The short demise apparently stemmed from a disagreement with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who has questioned the legality of the program.

    “I didn’t threaten to shut it down,” Ferguson said. “I shut it down because he wanted a letter from the District Attorney General.”

  • Fire investigation

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes, left, and Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile investigated some potential evidence at the scene of Friday’s forest fire off Spring Street in Kingston.

    Heavy equipment heads into the hills off of Kingston’s Spring Street Friday evening to fight a forest fire.

  • County takes steps toward buying store beside jail

    Roane County officials want to have further discussions about the Dollar General Store before appropriating $25,000 to secure an option on the building.

    A resolution calling for such a move was on the County Commission’s Nov. 14 agenda. By a 13-0 vote, it was deferred to the property, jail study and sheriff’s liaison committees.

    “I think we want to move fairly fast on it, but we still have to make sure it goes through the proper channels,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said.

  • Man pleads to sex abuse of 4-year-old

    The “accused” label was taken off Shawn D. McDavid last week.

    The 32-year-old Harriman man is now convicted of a Class C felony after pleading guilty on Nov. 16 to attempted aggravated sexual battery.

    His victim was 4 years old.

  • PILLS KILL

    The Tennessee Department of Health announced this week that 1,451 people died from drug overdoses in 2015, which is a record for the state.

    “Not one of these victims deserved this, and the tragedy of lives lost to overdoses becomes even more painful knowing these deaths can be prevented and are the horrible tip of the overdose iceberg,” Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner was quoted in a press release.

    The number who died from drug overdoses last year was more than the number who died from automobile accidents (962).

  • Ex-Lakewood Village manager sentenced for role in pill mill

    Applicants at Lakewood Village Apartments in Kingston can be denied admission for drug-related activity.

    However, a woman who admitted to obtaining oxycodone in a drug conspiracy managed the complex for months after pleading guilty in federal court.

    Rebecca Wells was sentenced on Wednesday by Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    “Her activity did allow the conspiracy to obtain prescription medication for illegal distribution into the community,” Varlan said.