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    Not borrowing money for road projects is a cornerstone of Tennessee government.

    “In Tennessee, we don’t borrow money,” state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston, said. “It’s pay as you go.”

    Thanks to the IMPROVE Act, the state can continue that practice. The Act, which went into effect on Saturday, raises taxes on gasoline and diesel and increases the fees to register vehicles to help fund more than 900 road and bridge projects around the state.

  • Kingston police add boat to its patrol fleet

    The Kingston Police Department has another boat to patrol area waters.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said a $15,000 state grant allowed his department to purchase the 21-foot Sea Ray Laguna.

    “It’s not a new boat, but it’s a new boat to us,” Washam said.

    The Sea Ray is a 1993 model, which Washam said will replace the Hydra Sports boat his department had been using.

  • Smokin’ the Water promises fun for all

    Staff reports

    The 2017 “Smokin the “Water” Festival on the Kingston waterfront on Tuesday promises to be one of the best in a long proud history of Roane County Fourth of July celebrations.

    “We’ve brought in a lot more children’s activities, more vendors, great food and music,” said Debbie Russell, Program Coordinator for the Kingston Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Kingston drone will be flying over this year’s Smokin’ the Water event

    The Kingston Police Department can keep an eye on things from high above now with its DJI Phantom 4 drone.

    Officer Alex French recently received his Federal Aviation Administration certification to operate the flying device for the department.

    “Anybody can go out here and buy one and they’re good to go, but we have to be certified on it,” Police Chief Jim Washam said. “It’s just like your weapon, your chemical agent, whatever we do we have to be certified on it. That’s the same way with the drone.”

  • Driver in fatal crash on drugs

    The woman charged in a deadly car crash reportedly tested positive for drugs.

    Crystal D. Rogers was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 19 for vehicular homicide – intoxication, vehicular homicide by recklessness, two counts of vehicular assault, two counts of reckless endangerment, DUI and child endangerment.

    Laura Carmley, a 25-year-old Philadelphia resident, was killed in the Oct. 9, 2016, wreck.

  • Eight arrested for getting high with a juvenile

    Eight adults are facing charges for allegedly smoking marijuana with a juvenile Thursday morning.

    According to the report, officers happened upon the 1:30 a.m. cannabis social while responding to a noise complaint at an apartment on South Third St.

    “As officers approached the open door, officers could smell a strong odor commonly associated with marijuana coming from the apartment,” the report said.

  • Harriman eyes middle school gym for recreation

    Harriman sees some potential for one of the school facilities that may be left empty if the consolidation of three high schools becomes reality.

    The Roane County School System is considering consolidating Harriman, Roane and Rockwood high schools into a large facility near Roane State.

    “I heard that if that happens the middle school will move down to the high school. I think we should ask the school board to give us the middle school gym,” said Councilman Sam Russell.

    “It is in a lot better shape than our rec center,” he noted.

  • Riverfront Park gets makeover with cleanup day

    Volunteers made Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park even more beautiful following a clean-up effort last week.

    Crews rebuilt trash can holders, trimmed trees and bushes, weeded gardens, mowed, weed-wacked and pressure washed sidewalks, benches and the fountain area at the veterans plaza.

    “I think it is the first step in the right direction. This is something we are going to try to plan every other week for a while until we get where we want to. I’m so proud of what we got done,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • Drowing victim’s death confirmed

    From staff reports

    Officials confirmed last week that a Rockwood man who nearly drowned near Oakdale, did in fact die on Monday, June 26.

    Carl Douglas Ooten had been swimming with friends Sunday, June 25, when he disappeared below the water’s surface.

    Witnesses said it took about 10 minutes to locate Ooten underwater, and they began trying to revive him until the Morgan County EMS arrived on the scene.

  • Tennesseans who made ultimate sacrifice listed on replica wall

    The Tennessee Vietnam Memorial Wall visited Rockwood’s Wal-Mart over the weekend.

    The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203 out of Chattanooga brought the traveling wall to Rockwood.

    The wall is a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

    It lists the names of 1,291 Tennesseans that died in the Vietnam War from 1961-73.

    “It’s made just like the one in Washington, D.C,” said Charlie Hobbs, Vietnam Veterans of America National Membership Chair.