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  • Samples gets prison for bank robbery

    U.S. District Court Judge Pamela Reeves sentenced Bryan Scott Samples to 14 years in federal prison last week for robbing a Knoxville credit union. The Kingston resident must pay $3,130 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release when he gets out of prison.

    Samples robbed the Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Hwy. on Jan. 23. He was arrested the following day and pleaded guilty in the case in March.

  • Resource officers get a workout
  • Don’t feed the waterfowl at county park

    Roane County Park is asking for a little tough love regarding the critters there.

    It recently initiated a do-not-feed-the-wildlife policy, and the aim is to discourage the large numbers of ducks and geese that gather looking for a handout.

    Park director Mike Beard said the issue is one of sanitation, especially involving the picnic shelters the park rents out for special events.

    “We pressure wash the floors and tables the afternoon before,” Beard said. “The day of the event, they are nasty.”

  • Grant money available for home repairs

    Low-income homeowners living in Kingston, Rockwood and the unincorporated areas of Roane County will have the opportunity to spruce up their homes, thanks to HOME grants awarded by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

    Each government entity will receive $250,000 toward repairs.

    “Anytime we can get a grant to help people rehab their homes, it’s good,” Kingston Mayor Tim Neal said. “It’s good for the city, and it’s good for the citizens.”

    The $750,000 total is the maximum THDA can allocate in one county.

  • Roane Imagination Library program expansion continues – thanks to help

    Roane Imagination Library continues to expand its reach, touching the lives of more Roane County children than ever.

    More than 1,950 books are being purchased and sent to Roane County children each month — a saturation rate of around 81 percent.

    Pro2Serve’s Barry Goss once again is donating $5,000 for a matching challenge grant for Roane Imagination Library’s annual campaign.

    Barry Stephenson of MCLinc has given $2,000 for matching funds as well.

  • Case dismissed for Kingston 911 abuser

    Dennis Lowery’s attempts to get a ride got him arrested, but that didn’t lead to a conviction.

    His criminal charge for making 911 calls in non-emergency situations was dismissed in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.

    “My understanding is that the defendant is addressing an underlying issue that might explain his conduct,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

  • Pastor asking for help
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What did Emancipation Proclamation really do?

    We concluded last week’s column with this paragraph: We have begun to wonder just exactly where these personal purism campaigns will stop. Certainly George Washington couldn’t pass muster. He was a slave owner of some magnitude, and that, if nothing else, should get him out of our pantheon of heroes, and off the $1 bill. Of course the passionate personal purists would find fault with Mother Teresa and Saint Francis. But, as we said before, if they have their way, it will simplify the study of history; there won’t be any left.

  • New charges in starved child case

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson, the parents accused in the starvation death of their toddler son, face more legal trouble.

    Originally they were charged with one count of first-degree murder.

    However, the Roane County grand jury returned a superseding indictment against them last month. The Dotsons now face three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse in the case.

  • Learning to get in step