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  • Earlier Fishing Rodeo not just for kids anymore

    The Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo is celebrating its 26th year by including some new fishermen and area businesses.

    Always known as an event for youngsters, this year’s Rodeo is opening up to include senior citizens ages 65 and older.

    It will also serve as a health and information fair for those who attend.

    The Rodeo will be Saturday, July 30, at Roane County Park.

    Registration beings at 8 a.m., and fishing starts at 9.

    The free event will include trophies for ages 5-14, and for fishers older than 65.

  • Another delay in Gertrude Porter Park rehab

    Despite several months of delays, Kingston’s Gertrude Porter Park has suffered another setback, and it is unclear when construction will begin on the park.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling sent a memo to City Council members last week, noting that the original low-bid contractor, Wright Construction, had notified city officials that the company would not be honoring the bid price.

    A representative of that company said its own excavation subcontractor was not honoring his bid, leading Wright Construction to ask for more money, according to the memo.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Kingston, as Edith Miles knows it

    Since I began working in Roane County several months ago, it has been my goal to learn as much as I can about the history of the area.

    I have been enlightened by the writings of Gerald Largen, a well-known attorney and commentator on all things related to Roane County. Gerald has a unique style of mixing local history with his own personal observations and political beliefs.

  • ‘I’ve never seen a man volunteer better’

    David and Mildred Webb were honored at Saturday’s Polk Salad Festival in Harriman.

    State Rep. Kent Calfee and state Sen. Ken Yager read and presented the couple with a proclamation from the Tennessee General Assembly.

    Harriman City Councilman Lonnie Wright also read a proclamation from Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, which declared June 11 David and Mildred Webb Day.

    “We appreciate all the attention, all the awards and all that good stuff,” David Webb said. “Sure do.”

  • Police chief complaints numerous

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle is accused of a long list of misconduct, ranging from ill treatment of employees to using city-owned property in personal vehicles.

    One accusation is that he or a strawman purchased a 1993 Chevrolet Caprice that was worked on by a mechanic while it was on the GovDeals.com auction website.

    He is also accused of taking a console from Harriman police storage and putting it on his personal Dodge Charger he later sold.

    Heidle remained on leave with pay as of Tuesday morning.

  • County bans Tiger Haven expansions

    A stalemate over a perimeter fence at Tiger Haven could be on the verge of a conclusion.

    The Roane County Commission approved a resolution Monday that calls for Tiger Haven to obtain a building permit for the fence and not expand the housing of big cats onto other parcels.

    In exchange, the county agrees to not sue Tiger Haven over the fence and acknowledge that the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is the proper authority for inspecting the fence.

  • Scouts’ Flag Day ceremony retires, replaces Old Glory

    Flag Day was celebrated at Victorian Square Tuesday morning, when Rockwood Boy Scout Troop 106 retired the old flag at the facility and replaced it with a new one.

    “We did this in honor of Flag Day,” said Victorian Square marketing director Saundra Bandy.

    “We had a family here that donated a new flag. It was very nice of them.”

    The flag was donated in the memory of Hubert Hill.

  • Biker runs down woman

    From staff reports

    A Cumberland County woman was flown to a Knoxville hospital by Lifestar after being struck by a motorcycle in Rockwood Saturday.

    The pedestrian, identified as Rachel Murphy, 67, was attempting to cross the street at 803 S. Gateway Ave. when she was struck.

    Her present condition was not known at press time.

    The condition and identity of the motorcycle rider was also unknown.

  • Man accused of snatching woman’s purse

    A Kingston man is accused of pulling his truck up alongside a woman and grabbing her purse out of her shopping cart.

    Justin P. Wright, 26, 108 Roane Manor Drive, Kingston, is charged with theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, fraudulent use of credit or debit card and robbery in the June 8 incident, said Rockwood Officer Brandon Smith.

    Sandra Boles told officers a white male pulled up beside her in the Walmart parking lot and grabbed her purse while she was unloading her groceries. The victim said she also grabbed her purse but lost her grip as he drove away.

  • Harriman police chief retires amid allegations

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle has retired, according to Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn.

    Heidle faced a series of allegations outlined in an anonymous letter sent to city officials last week.

    Rehn wrote in a letter issued Tuesday afternoon that Heidle's attorney said the retirement decision was based on the tense workplace environment created by the recent allegations.

    Read more in Friday's Roane County News.