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  • Neighbors file new suit against Tiger Haven

    Tiger Haven is the subject of another $10 million lawsuit.

    The plaintiffs – Everett E. Bloom, John L. Woody, Harold Pesterfield and Ronald A. Bean – also sued Tiger Haven for $10 million in 2011.

    That lawsuit was voluntar-ily dismissed on March 4, 2013.

    The lawsuit was refiled on Feb. 28 in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Bloom, Woody and Pesterfield live near Tiger Haven, a sanctuary for large cats in East Roane County.

  • Kingston man arrested for exposing self to child

    An arrest was made over the weekend in an incident in which a man allegedly exposed himself to a child at the Harriman Kroger late last month.

    James Tipton Lands, 53, of 214 Walnut Road, Kingston, was taken into custody Friday evening by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    He was charged with indecent exposure and driving on a revoked and suspended license with warrants being taken out by Harriman Police Department’s Dan Schneider.

  • KINGSTON: City ponders fate of surplus funds

    The members of Kingston City Council have a problem — but it’s the kind officials like to have.

    The council will ponder a handful of options concerning leftover funds from its recent city hall project. They’ll probably figure out what to do at their April council sessions.

    The city borrowed some $2 million a couple of years ago, for purchase and renovation of the former medical plaza at 900 Waterford Place.

    The building is now home to the new Kingston City Hall.

  • Kingston chili-cookoff raises funds for Fourth of July event

    The city of Kingston held their first fundraising event for the Smokin' The Water July 4th event. A chili cool off was held between the city departments and a silent auction.

    The event raised a little over $2000 toward the annual July 4th event.

    This year will mark the return of the American Power Boat Association boat races along with one of the largest fireworks shows in the state.

    The departments were competing for the Golden Ladle Award. Rick Ross with Kingston Parks and Recreation was the winner of the event.

  • United Way director resigns

    Roane County United Way Executive Director Amy Harmon has announced her resignation effective May 30.

    Harmon, who has been United Way director since January 2012, is stepping aside from her post to spend more quality time with
    her family, including husband Travis and 1-year-old daughter Elise.

    “The Roane County United Way and its mission will always be in my heart, and I know the organization and its community partners will continue to focus on creating lasting change with excellence in Roane County,” she said.

  • Meetings to discuss Watts Bar Unit 2

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled two April 9 meetings to discuss construction inspection and oversight of Watts Bar Unit 2.

    The unit is to be built near Spring City, which neighbors Roane County to the southwest.

    The plant is being built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which also operates Unit 1 at the site.

    The first session will begin at 4 p.m. in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn, 2811 Decatur Pike, Athens, adjacent to Interstate 75.

  • Does judge hopeful live in district?

    Charles Holiway has a lot of duties for the upcoming election.

    Investigating the residency of candidates isn’t one of them, however.

    “That’s not our responsibility,” said Holiway, who serves as Roane County’s administrator of elections.

    “It’s the candidate’s responsibility to say that they meet all the qualifications or requirements, such as age, residency, and all that.”

    Mike Pemberton, a candidate for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge, said he meets residency requirement.

  • Iowa fugitive nabbed, teen runaway found

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies apprehended an Iowa fugitive and discovered an underage runaway in his company on Thursday.

    The fugitive, 25-year-old William Theodore Nicely Jr. of Batavia, Iowa, and the 15-year-old girl were found at a trailer at 132 Eblen Cave Road.

    Nicely was wanted for sexual assault in the third degree with full extradition, according to sheriff reports.

    “We don’t know why they came to Roane County,” Roane County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Hawn said.

  • Election 2014: Candidates and potential hopefuls
  • Gallaher manslaughter trial postponed

    Eric Gallaher’s voluntary manslaughter trial scheduled for Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court has been postponed.

    “He’s a little disappointed,” defense attorney Donice Butler said. “He wants it over with.”

    The state recently secured the services of an expert witness in the case, and the parties said that’s the reason for the delay.