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  • Death at Kingston store said to be of natural causes

    From staff reports

    Kingston Fire Department received a call around noon on Friday about a woman unconscious in the bathroom of the Cash Saver grocery store at 615 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston.

    Emergency responders found the woman not breathing.

    “She went to the restroom, and management went to check on her about 20 to 25 minutes later,” said Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon.

    Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch said the woman died of natural causes.

    There will be no autopsy, Boduch said.

  • New look for EMS digs

    From staff reports

    Roane County Ambulance Service main office has received a much needed makeover.

    Several new ambulances have also been put into service to replace older units, said Emergency Medical Services Director Tim Suter.

    The Ambulance Service has three stations throughout the community. The main office at the Central Services Building on Roane State Hwy., Midtown, houses two crews for their entire 24-hour shift.

    EMS personnel live, eat and sleep in this station.

  • Ex-Loudon color guard instructor now in custody

    Former Loudon High School color guard instructor Zachary Tapp turned himself in at the Roane County Jail on Dec. 26.

    Criminal Court Court Judge Jeff Wicks ordered Tapp to report to custody by that date to start serving a one-year sentence for his statutory rape convictions.

    It was a Loudon County case, but Tapp’s attorney, Scott McCluen, asked Wicks if Tapp could serve his time at the Roane County Jail. Wicks said he was OK with that, and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton didn’t object to having Tapp housed here.

  • Largen wants judge off case

    Gerald Largen has filed a motion to recuse Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton from the lawsuit he has filed against the city of Harriman regarding the legality of a decades-old annexation into South Harriman.

    “The said judge has now abandoned any semblance of impartiality between the parties in this controversy,” Largen wrote in his motion.

  • Tiger Town from On High
  • Fire engulfs South of the River home

    A young family lost their home in a Monday fire at 289 Willow Springs Road, Ten Mile.

    The home belonged to Brandon and Amanda Cardwell, who had two young children.

    Fire Chief Sam Wolfe of South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department said the call came in at 3:46 p.m.

    “Unfortunately, the house, when we got there, it was through the roof and completely involved,” said Wolfe.

    “We believe it started in a propane heater that was back in the kitchen and bedroom area of the house,” he added.

  • Road staff working to make the going easier in the snow

    With a possibility for snow later in the week, Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson is keeping a close eye on the forecast.

    “We’re prepared and ready to go if it snows,” Ferguson said Tuesday morning. “We’ve got lots of salt in the yard at Midtown. All the trucks are loaded and ready to go if it snows.”

    Ferguson believes preparation is the key to handling winter weather.

    With snow in the forecast, he stays in constant contact with the National Weather Service.

  • A visit from St. Nick
  • Roane tapped as ThreeStar community

    Roane County was among the communities cited by Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development with a ThreeStar award at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville.

    “The ThreeStar Program is a valuable tool for economic development in Roane County providing us another opportunity for collaboration between the individual cities,” said Teresa Jackson, Roane County ThreeStar coordinator.

  • What’s new in Tennessee this year? A lot, that’s what

    The Volunteer State is growing by leaps and bounds, and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is showcasing what Tennesseans can discover in their state in 2017.

    New Ventures in East Tennessee

    East Tennessee is going to be the ultimate 2017 getaway.

    Tennesseans can book a stay at the Tennessean Hotel, Knoxville’s first personal luxury hotel opening this spring.

    Or travel to Chattanooga to admire never-before-seen vintage guitars at the Songbirds Guitar Museum opening in March.