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  • ‘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.

  • Suicide rates up in state

    In any given day, three people in Tennessee die by suicide, reports the Tennessee Suicide Prevention Network.

    The Network recently released its annual Status of Suicide in Tennessee report.

    As of 2015, suicide is the third-leading cause of death for ages 10-19 in Tennessee, with one person in this age group lost to suicide every week.

  • Twice as smart

    Christina and Stephanie Long have shared almost everything, from childhood memories to many friends.

    The twin sisters shared one last thing during their time at Rockwood High School, when they learned they were the school’s co-valedictorians.

    “Our guidance counselor wrote it on a sticky note,” said Stephanie. The counselor added, “Someone you know really well” shared the first-place ranking.

    Her sister Christina was doing co-op, which means she leaves early her senior year to work. She learned about the ranking later.

  • Police say man fired AR-15 at pair

    A Kingston man was arrested on May 25 after he allegedly fired an AR-15 rifle at two people.

    George R. Wicks, 43, is facing two counts of reckless endangerment in the incident.

    According to a report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Cpl. Kyle Canup was investigating a harassment complaint at 103 Ellis Road when he heard gunshots coming from the area of 191 Ellis Road.

  • 150 still without power

    From staff reports

    Some Roane County residents are still without power after a storm last weekend downed power lines and interrupted service for thousands.

    Roane County Director of Emergency Services Scott Stout said at his most recent update on Wednesday night there were about 50 Rockwood Electric Utility customers still without power.

    Harriman Utility Board Manager Bill Young said Thursday HUB had restored power to all but about 100 customers.

  • No arrests made in OS shooting

    A shooting Wednesday afternoon in Oliver Springs injured one man, but no arrests have been made.

    The shooting occurred at Global Metals and Recycling, inside the Morgan County portion of Oliver Springs.

    According to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriffs Office, the injured man was Anthony Padgett, 38, no address given, who was shot in the torso.

    Morgan County E-911 was notified of the shooting at 12:08 p.m., and Lifestar was called to take the victim to University of Tennessee Medical Center.

  • Former Leon Houston attorney signs on as counsel for murder-for-hire suspect

    The mother charged in a murder-for-hire plot has new legal representation.

    Knoxville attorney Joseph Fanduzz filed a notice in Roane County Criminal Court on Tuesday, notifying the court that he is now the counsel of record for Laura Ann Buckingham. She was previously represented by the Public Defender’s Office of the 9th Judicial District.

  • Taxes up on gas, down on groceries

    People who shop at the grocery store will soon pay less sales tax.

    As part of the IMPROVE Act, the tax on groceries will decrease from 5 percent to 4 percent on July 1.

    “To put it into perspective, if a family spends $100 on food at the grocery store, they currently pay $5 in sales tax,” Gov. Bill Haslam’s Press Secretary Jennifer Donnals said. “Starting July 1, they will pay $4 in sales tax.”

  • Watkins contract on school board agenda

    When the Roane County Board of Education meets on June 8, one of the items on the agenda is expected to be consideration of a contract extension for Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

    Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller asked that it be on the agenda for the meeting.

    Watkins has been on the job for less than a year, and Miller said he wants her to know that the board thinks highly of the job she’s done so far.