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  • Dollar General building price tag too high?

    The $850,000 asking price for the building that houses the Dollar General Store in Kingston could be too high for some members of the Roane County Commission.

    “The Budget Committee recommended it with reservations, and that reservation was they felt $850,000 was too much for it,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “I tend to agree with them. I think that’s too much for the building.”

    The building is at 218 N. Third St., Kingston.

  • Harriman Gardens sprucing up

    Harriman Gardens resident Barbara Bradshaw has taken her beautifully renovated one-bedroom apartment and made it her own.

    The cheerful building monitor loves red, and her couch, bed and décor match her vibrant personality.

    “It just seems cozy,” Bradshaw said of her new digs.

  • OS students explore the world of virtual reality

    Oliver Springs High School students and area business owners last week were lucky enough to get the opportunity to experience state of the art educational technology based on virtual reality and three dimensional computing.

    ZSpace is a personal computer-based mixed reality learning platform for the K-12 curriculum that allows students to observe and interact with three-dimensional models of machines and biological organisms including the human body.

  • HIGH SCHOOL SAGA CONTINUES

    Harriman High School, Roane County High School and Rockwood High School would close under a scenario approved by the Roane County Board of Education on Wednesday.

    By an 8-1 vote, the board approved a plan to build a new consolidated high school for those students. Midway High School and Oliver Springs High School will remain open under the plan.

  • OFF TO THE UNKNOWN

    A trio of Roane County veterans will be laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on Saturday.

    “Saturday evening me and Sgt. Gary Woolf will be laying a wreath at the Unknown Soldier’s tomb at Arlington Cemetery,” said Bob LeTellier.

    LeTellier is a retired Army sergeant major. Woolf is a retired chief master sergeant in the Air Force.

    They’ll also be recognizing those who lost their lives in the Vietnam War by placing wreaths bearing their names at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

  • Rockwood official, DA named in federal suit

    One of the people convicted in the Northington Energy LLC scam has filed a federal lawsuit against former Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe, 9th Judicial District Attorney General Russell Johnson and former 9th Judicial District Assistant District Attorney General Tiffany Smith.

    Lisa Horn-Brichetto accuses Johnson, Smith and Ruppe — the latter of whom is now Rockwood city administrator — of violating her First and Eighth Amendment Rights under the Constitution.

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  • Rockwood police seek info on shooting

    From staff reports

    Rockwood police have released more information about the May 2 shooting incident that left two men injured.

    Police responded to the area of Douglas Avenue and Wheeler Street on a report of a possible shooting.

    Detective Josh Rymer responded and found a male subject, identified as Michael William Hale of Rockwood, lying on the ground stating he had been shot.

  • Suspect slugs officer

    Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich was reportedly hit in the head while attempting to make an arrest last Friday morning.

    The incident started in the 200 block of Bates Street just after 2 a.m.

    “I saw a white male walking down the street toward me,” Haubrich said in his report. “I stopped and got out with the subject, who identified himself as Steven Bailey.”

    Haubrich said he was familiar with Bailey because he’s arrested him before on theft and drug charges.

  • Harriman man jailed on felony meth charge

    From staff reports

    A Harriman man was arrested on a charge of manufacture/delivery/sale or possession of methamphetamine in the early morning hours of May 1.

    In addition to that felony charge, Anthony Eugene Davis, 212 Morning Drive, was also charged with simple possession or casual exchange and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    At around 3 a.m. Harriman Officer Tommy Lynn Capps reported observing a Chevrolet van traveling south on Roane Street with no functioning tag lights, which netted a written warning.