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  • Second round of races coming

    Candidates for open council seats in Rockwood, Kingston and Oliver Springs have until this Thursday, Aug. 18, to turn in their petitions.

    Six candidates picked up petitions for three open Kingston City Council seats: incumbents Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Norman Sugarman, along with Tara Stockton, Stephanie L. Wright and Judd Garbett.

    Byrkit and Sugarman are the only two who had returned petitions as of Friday, employees with the Roane County Election commission confirmed Friday.

  • City asks for suit’s dismissal

    An attorney representing the city of Rockwood and Rockwood Police Sgt. Randy Keahey is asking for the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by a former Roane State Community College basketball player who is accusing a Rockwood patrolman of violating his due process rights and using excessive force.

    Former Rockwood patrolman Chris Kennedy used a pepper-spray like substance on Xavier Howard during a July 2015 incident at the Meadows Place Apartments in Rockwood.

  • OFFICER FIRES ROUND IN SCHOOL

    Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall mistakenly fired a live round inside Rockwood Middle School during an exercise on Thursday.

    No students were at school, which was open for staff development before the first full day of classes Friday.

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

  • Hickman says no to Harriman Council post

    Harriman voters may go to the polls in November to decide who will fill two upcoming City Council vacancies, but officials need to move quickly to ensure residents get to pick their favorite.

    Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn has been in talks with Roane County Election Commission officials because the outcome of the Aug. 4 city election left Harriman with two City Council vacancies.

    “The [Harriman City] Charter says the people can only serve until the next general election,” Rehn said.

  • BEATING BACK-TO-SCHOOL BLUES
  • Summit to address lack of housing for Roane area workers

    When it comes to bringing more jobs to the county, the future looks promising, according to officials.

    With that comes some concerns, however.

    “If you have a big industry that locates at the old K-25 site or any particular site, where will these employees live?” Roane County Executive Ron Woody asked.

    “There’s a good chance they wouldn’t live in Roane County.”

    Woody and The Roane Alliance President/CEO Wade Creswell said they believe a lack of housing is the issue.

  • 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.”