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  • Car crashes into area apartment

    The Kingston fire and police departments responded to Lakewood Village Apartments on Tuesday after a resident drove her car onto a concrete porch of one of the units.

    The crash happened around 11:30 a.m.

    Fire Chief Willie Gordon said the driver was having a medical episode and hit the gas pedal instead of the brake.

    “Luckily there was nobody sitting on the front porch,” Gordon said. “It took all the chairs and stuff off the front porch and then struck the door of (apartment) 319.”

  • Add pedestrian safety to back-to-school list

    As summer comes to an end and the classroom roll call begins, 50 million children across the United States are heading back to school.

    With 13 percent of those school children typically walking or biking to school, AAA warns drivers to be especially vigilant for pedestrians before and after school hours.

    The afternoon hours are particularly dangerous for walking children – over the last decade, nearly one-third of child pedestrian fatalities occurred between 3-7 p.m.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Embarking on a new adventure

    Since I joined the Roane County News in April I’ve been taking a crash course in local history, government and community activities.

    I’ve been trying to learn as much as I can about the issues this county faces and the various elected officials, offices and community resources available to address these issues.

    Wednesday morning, I embarked on a new educational venture that will go a long way toward helping me get up to speed.

  • Officer fires gun in Rockwood school

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall mistakenly fired a gun inside Rockwood Middle School on Thursday. It happened during an exercise.

    Police Chief Danny Wright said the purpose of the exercise was to let teachers know what a real gun shot sounds like.

    “I got the idea from the FBI and a school system in Berkeley County, South Carolina,” Wright said. “Here’s the precautions we took – we put every member of the school personnel, cafeteria workers, custodians and all teachers in a room with me.”

  • SCHOOL STARTS TODAY

    Students return to school for the 2016-17 school year today – Wednesday.

    “We’ll see buses on the roads again Wednesday, so we’d like for everybody to be safe and be cautious,” new Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

    In past years, some Roane County schools have faced the possibility of delayed starts due to construction, but Watkins said she expects all schools to be open today for the start of the new year.

  • Ex-mayor said to be target of Pierce threats

    A former Rockwood public works director already under indictment for official misconduct was jailed late last week for allegedly making threats against a former mayor.

    Rockwood police found a number of guns in Tom Pierce’s vehicle when they stopped him on Gateway Avenue Friday afternoon.

    “A tip was emailed to the Roane County Sheriff Department’s tip hotline,” said Rockwood Police Department Deputy Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

  • Harriman man’s capture leads to mower recovery

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office made one Dayton business happy on Monday.

    The cheerfulness stemmed from the return of four zero-turn lawn mowers.

    “We’re very happy to get them back,” said John Newkirk, an employee with Dayton Power Sports. “Great job by all the police involved.”

    Newkirk said the four mowers have a combined value of $20,000.

    They were recently stolen from Dayton Power Sports in Rhea County.

  • 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.