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  • Rockwood Library set to Build a Better World

    “Build a Better World” is the theme for Rockwood Public Library’s 2017 summer reading program.
    “The library is the perfect place for children and families to become empowered to build a better world,” said Margaret Marrs, Rockwood library director.
    “This summer’s theme makes use of the universal appeal of creating, repurposing, and building. Through books, games and STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities, participants will discover new ways of looking at the world around them.”

  • Raises for teachers, staff in school budget

    The Roane County Board of Education unanimously passed the $67.2-million 2017-18 budget in a special-called meeting Monday.

    The budget includes a 2-percent raise for all employees, but does not include significant funding for the school building program.

    In May, the school board approved a plan to build a new consolidated high school for Kingston’s Roane County, Rockwood and Harriman high schools at an estimated cost of around $50 million and a completion date of 2020.

  • Couple tussle over rent money

    An argument over rent money and broken lamps allegedly turned physical on May 28.

    The result was two people – Seth G. Hall and Angela S. Hall – getting arrested for domestic assault.

    According to the report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jesse Calbaugh responded to 201 Smith Road on a report about a suspicious person.

    “Upon arrival I made contact with Tierra Paige Kasior,” the report said. “Ms. Kasior stated that her and Hunter Hall and Angela Hall were fighting over the rent money for the house they have been living in together and a couple of broke lamps.”

  • Trespassing call results in drug arrests

    Rockwood police reported finding more than trespassers when they responded to 566 S. Kingston Ave. on a call of people going behind a building on Sunday.

    Officer Brandon Smith reported finding five individuals who appeared to be living on the property, as well as 3 grams of a crystal-like substance believed to be methamphetamine.

    When Smith responded to the Kingston Avenue address, he reported finding in plain sight hypodermic needles and a blue container with a crystal-like substance inside.

  • School board member charged with DUI: Langley also Harriman's public works director

    Roane County Board of Education Member Darrell “Drack” Langley was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol for driving under the influence Thursday night.

    Langley is public works director for the city of Harriman. He is a longtime city employee who formerly headed up both Harriman’s street and recreation departments.

    “He was involved in a very minor noninjury crash at a gas station,” THP Lt. Don Boshears said. “... DUI was the only thing he was charged with.”

  • Unacceptable: Kingston has 60 days to fix Porter Park

    Kingston is facing a 60-day deadline to remediate problems at Porter Park or face losing state grant money needed to pay for upgrades to the park.

    The issue will be put before the mayor and City Council at a workshop Tuesday night.

    Plans to remodel the park are still in disarray more than a year after the project began following a series of problems with the quality of the work performed by Southeast Contractors

  • Child-starvation trial postponed again: Tot, 2, died five years ago

    New trial dates are being set for Matthew and Amanda Dotson.

    The two are facing first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges for allegedly starving their 2-year-old son to death. They are being tried separately.

    Matthew Dotson’s trial was scheduled to start today – June 5 – but there are still some pretrial issues that remain unsettled, so it was postponed.

    Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton is presiding over the cases. He’s working on a new scheduling order, which will include the new trial dates.

  • Kingston considering curbside recycling

    Kingston City Council will discuss curbside recycling at a workshop Tuesday,

    At the direction of the Council, city officials have solicited bids for recycling services from area contractors. Waste Connections was the lowest bidder at $3.47 per month/per house, followed by Santek at $4.19.

    “Given the proposed price and their track record in other cities, along with the existing relationship we have with them, I would certainly recommend Waste Connections,” City Manager David Bolling said in a June 1 letter to the mayor and council.

  • ‘This is the road that connects us all’: Highway through Oak Ridge now Innovation Corridor

    Signs along Hwy. 95 leading in and out of Oak Ridge now designate the road as the Tennessee Innovation Corridor.

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee proposed the bill, passed by the legislature in the recently concluded session, to create the corridor.

    “This is the road that connects us all,” said Yager, a Kingston Republican.

    Both Yager and Calfee, R-Kingston, attended the Friday ceremony unveiling the sign.