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  • Nonprofit deadline coming Tuesday

    Tuesday is the deadline for nonprofit organizations to submit requests for county funding for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    Roane County Commission is accepting the applications, which are available online at www.roanecountytn.gov.

    Completed applications may be dropped off at the County Executive’s office in the Courthouse, Kingston, or mailed to Nonprofit Committee, P.O. Box 643, Kingston, TN 37763.

  • New bridge seen as boon to nearby marina

    When the state replaces the Caney Creek Road bridge, local officials are hoping the new structure is bigger than the current one. They believe that will benefit nearby Caney Creek Marina, which in turn could help the county’s bottomline.

    “The thing that I’m most interested in is the positive impact the new bridge will have on the further development of the marina and improve an already growing tourism industry here,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the current bridge has

  • Wartburg man indicted for rape

    A Wartburg man is facing sex crime charges in Roane County Criminal Court.

    The grand jury indicted Michael Aaron Thebodeau last month for rape, incest and sexual battery by an authority figure.

    He’s scheduled to be arraigned in criminal court today – Monday.

    The case was investigated by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Bin to collect unused medications installed at Rockwood Police Dept.

    Rockwood residents can now drop off their unused medicine at the police department now.

    A collection bin was placed in the department on Friday.

    “We want to try to alleviate the possibility of an accidental overdose from kids playing with stuff they’re not supposed to,” said Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes.

    Prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, pet medications, liquid medications, inhalers and pills can be disposed of in the bin, which is located in the lobby.

  • FRIENDS FIRST It’s a way of life for Tennessee River Realty

    For more than 20 years, Tennessee River Realty of Kingston has been selling property and making friends at the same time.

    Realtor Pamela Bull said she treats every client as an individual with specific needs, but always wants the end result to be the same.

    “We want to remain friends after,” she said.

    Bull said she specializes in caring for her clients and getting to know their needs.

    The agency is specifically structured to allow the flexibility to meet specific needs, said Suzanne Griffin, founder and partner in the business.

  • Appeal there, but not funds

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best sees all kinds of potential in the Swan Pond recreational area and its ball fields.

    He and other Harriman officials, however, don’t see any way the city could take over operation of the complex at this time.

    “My standpoint is right now I don’t think we have the funds to take on anything else,” said Best.

  • Pit bull blocks police in car

    A Harriman woman said she was bitten by a pit bull while walking down a Rockwood street on Sunday.

    Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to the police department headquarters around 4:30 p.m. to take a report on the incident.

    “Upon my arrival, I made contact with Mrs. Bonnie L. Fradey,” the report said. “Mrs. Fradey said she was walking down Kingston Avenue around the 600 block when a gray pit bull came out of the yard at 600 N. Kingston Ave. and bit her on her left thumb.

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  • May storms impact Tennessee Medieval Faire, too

    The creators of the Tennessee Medieval Faire continue to work to grow the Roane County festival each year — and people still turned out, even after storms blew through the area on Memorial Day weekend.

    “Overall, it was a really good show,” said Barrie Paulson, vice president, manager and entertainment director of Darkhorse LLC, which operates the Faire.

    “We did have to close on our last Sunday (May 28) so we could clean up. Thankfully people rallied, and we were able to open on our last day (Monday),” Paulson added.

  • Child starvation case trial dates postponed — again

    New trial dates have been set for the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death more than five years ago.

    Amanda Dotson’s trial is tentatively set to begin on Jan. 16, 2018. Matthew Dotson’s trial is tentatively scheduled for May 14, 2018. Multiple trial dates have been set in the case in the past, only to get postponed.

    Clifford Dotson died on May 3, 2012. Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff viewed his body at Lenoir City’s Fort Loudoun Medical Center, where Clifford was taken by Amanda Dotson.