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  • Harvey uniting gridiron rivals

    Kingston and Rockwood are bitter rivals on the football field and they would like nothing better than to pitch a shutout when they meet Friday night at Rockwood’s Civitan Field.

    Off the field, however, the Jackets and Tigers are hoping for a shootout as both will be competing against each other in a drive to collect water for victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

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  • Off the trail after 40 years

    John Bilbrey had many travelers along for the ride in his 40-year journey to complete the Appalachian Trail a section at a time.

    Many of them were with him when his family sprung a surprise party in his honor upon his return to Roane County after completing the last leg of his trip, summiting Mount Katahdin in Maine in August.

    “I really don’t know what to say except thank you for coming out and being part of this. This is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. I’ve been dreaming of this since I was a teen,” said Bilbrey.

  • Shooting suspect, victim charged

    The suspect and the alleged victim in a Rockwood shooting are both facing charges. The incident happened at 204 N. Front Ave., last Thursday.

    According to the police report, David Russell allegedly shot Carl R. Matthews with a shotgun loaded with rubber pellet shells.

    Detective Josh Rymer and Officer Rick Thomas responded.

    “While I (Rymer) was speaking with Carl Matthews on the front porch, he jumped off the porch and ran from the scene,” the report said. “I chased him a couple of blocks before losing sight of him.”

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  • Career, arts & sports

    School and county officials heard about the programs and facilities that could be offered at a new consolidated high school on Thursday.

    “We can actually see what’s going to be in that school,” said Richard Foster, director of design for Lewis Group Architects.

    The firm was hired by the Roane County Board of Education to work on the new school project.

    “We’ve really been listening to the community to get a sense of what the community is really wanting out of a new high school,” Foster said.

  • Library latest recipient of Defenders benevolence

    Kingston Public Library’s children’s program is the latest beneficiary of the hard work and generosity of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of the Defenders Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club.

    The Defenders, whose members include law enforcement and emergency workers, recently donated a check for $1,000 to the library.

    “It will be a big help,” said librarian Emily Steele.

    Steele said the money will help purchase books, seasonal decorations and other items needed by the children’s program.

  • Students meet, beat academic targets

    More Roane County students are meeting course expectations.

    Roane County Schools reduced the percentage of students that performed below course expectations in every individual TNReady end-of-course subject for the 2016-17 school year, according to the Tennessee Department of Education.

    “We are excited about the work occurring in our schools and we certainly attribute these results to the outstanding focus of our educators in addressing the needs of these students,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

  • Grocer won’t tolerate theft

    The owner of the Rockwood IGA was hurt during a tussle with an alleged shoplifter on Tuesday.

    According to the police report, Roger Sharp sustained a head injury and was taken to Roane Medical Center.

    Police identified the alleged shoplifter as 41-year-old Misty Dawn Presswood of 804 Clifty St., Harriman. She’s charged with shoplifting, reckless endangerment and driving on a revoked or suspended license.

    Rockwood Police Officer Vianney Del Toro responded to the IGA to investigate a shoplifting report just after 8 p.m.

  • Shooting suspect nabbed