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  • Dinner to raise awareness of marrow donor process

    R.E. Nail has a reputation for helping others, so it is no surprise that he has taken his own serious illness as an opportunity to “pay it forward.”

    Diagnosed with myelofibrosis, a rare form of blood cancer, Nail is fortunate in that his sister, Cheri Patton is a match for the bone marrow transplant he needs.

    But he is mindful of the many who don’t have that option. That’s why he and his family are hosting a Dinner and Bone Marrow Drive this Saturday, Aug. 13, at their church, New Midway Baptist Church.

  • ‘Changing market dynamic’ closes RaceWay

    From staff reports

    As most Kingston residents have probably noticed, the RaceWay on North Kentucky Street has closed.

    Karissa Bursch, manager of communications for its parent company, RaceTrac Petroleum Inc., confirmed the gas station had closed late last month.

    She cited termination of the property’s lease, along with “a changing market dynamic and traffic patterns” as reasons behind the closure.

  • Banquet proceeds to go toward Carmichael Park

    Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. will have its third annual banquet and fundraiser this weekend.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. Aug. 13 in Oak Ridge DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.

    Proceeds from the banquet will go toward completion of Phase 2 of Carmichael Park, which is on the site of the historical black school on Fritts Road in Oliver Springs.

    An auction, dinner and entertainment are planned.

    Tickets are $50 each or $500 for a table of 10.

    Contact Faye Curd at faye.curd@yahoo.com to purchase tickets.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Hartup’s a study in determination

    The Roane County general election is over, and the people have spoken.

    About 8,000 votes were cast out of a potential of 33,808 registered voters. That’s about 25 percent — which is still too low, if you ask me.

    I’ve said many times that most of the problems in our country could be fixed if we could get 80 percent of the registered or possible voters to actually make that trip to the poll.

  • Oliver Springs shows appreciation to police

    Oliver Springs police officers were given extra special attention Tuesday.

    Officials and locals hosted a Police Appreciation Evening at city hall, where the officers were treated to a meal and words of thanks from those attending.

    The Oliver Springs Police Department is helmed by Chief Kenneth Morgan, and has 10 officers, four full-time dispatchers, and one part-time dispatcher.


    Family, friends and former students lined the curb in front of Harriman’s Dollar General Market on Thursday afternoon to welcome home Senior Master Sgt. Chad Goldston from an eight month tour of duty in the Middle East.

    At least 80 people holding banners, hand-lettered signs and American flags waited in the hot sun along Hwy. 27 to greet Goldston, who teaches history at Harriman Middle School.

    “God is great is all I can say,” said his wife, Billie.

    “We have to keep praying for the ones still over there,” she added.

  • Rockwood recipient of state energy grant

    The city of Rockwood is the recipient of a $14,274 in Clean Tennessee Energy Grant.

    “It is becoming increasingly difficult for county budgets to keep up with utility costs,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    “With taxpayers funding the cost, it is very important that we utilize energy efficient methods to control them.

    “I congratulate our local officials who worked hard to secure these funds.”

  • OS Cemetery work continues

    Work in the Oliver Springs Cemetery to determine family plots and individual coffin locations continues, but there is still much to be done.

    Tammi Barger, who is a member of the Oliver Springs Cemetery Committee and has been spearheading the effort, recently reported to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen that the work was roughly one-third completed.

    She is still seeking input from the community to help identify unmarked graves and empty plots.

    “I know of nine empty plots ... and some stones are unmarked,” she said.

  • Man on parole for vehicular homicide found asleep at wheel

    A man convicted in a 2007 vehicular homicide case was reportedly found asleep behind the wheel of a car last month.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jessica West charged Bryan K. Howard with driving on a revoked license and simple possession in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Victoria Edwards said she noticed a male slumped over in a car on the side of the cemetery on Sugar Grove Valley.

    “She turned around and attempted to wake him by yelling, and he did not respond,” the warrant said.

  • Reporter's Notebook: Smoot swiftly moved to prison

    Authorities accommodated convicted killer Shawn Smoot’s request for immediate transfer into the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction.

    “I contacted TDOC and requested expedited processing in Smoot,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Friday. “They made a place for him in Bledsoe (County Correctional Complex), so I contacted Roane County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rick Baker, and they are taking him there today.”

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said Smoot left the Roane County Jail for the prison Friday morning.