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    Lottery fever has struck Roane County.

    Area residents are hoping to cash in Wednesday night on a Powerball jackpot that could surpass $1.5 billion.

    “It’s been pretty crazy,” said April Yarber, manager of Fun Food Shell in Oliver Springs.

    “A lot of people are buying lottery tickets, even people that normally don’t buy Powerball tickets are buying them.

    “We’ve had people coming in buying $300 at a time.”


    Dreams of big dollars are dancing in many of our heads as we wait for the Powerball drawing. We asked readers on the Roane County News’ Facebook what they’ll do if their numbers are drawn for the jackpot, estimated at $1.5 billon at press time Tuesday.

    Here’s what you said:

    Keith Foster — I wouldn’t change a lot. I would take care of my 1890 Victorian Home in Harriman, give to the church, and of course take care of my kids. I would also

    completely build the fort at Southwest Point.

  • No place like home

    Thanks to hard work from a variety of area and regional agencies and individuals, Tom Allen has a new home.

    Located on Third Street in Kingston, it was constructed on the site of his previous home which was rocked and damaged by a 2014 tornado. It was officially dedicated on Monday.

    Beginning with a grant to the city of Kingston from the Tennessee Housing Development Corp.’s Rebuild and Recovery Disaster Program and administered by the Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, Allen’s home has been under construction since November.

  • Wicks recuses self from child-starvation case

    Someone other than recently appointed Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks will preside over the child starvation case.

    Wicks recused himself on Monday.

    “Judge Wicks’ self-recusal was appropriate and necessary,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said in a press release.

    “We expected this to happen on this case once judge Wicks received the appointment.”

  • Harriman police adding cars to fleet

    Harriman Police Department is planning to add three new patrol cars to its fleet.

    The new Dodge Chargers will cost $24,199.14 each with the state bid from Dodge of Columbia.

    “As noted in the inventory of the vehicles that you received, the vehicles being replaced would be an ’06 and two ’07s, with 140,000-150,000 some miles on those vehicles,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Area lawmen served meal for serving others

    Being in law enforcement can at times be a thankless job.

    That wasn’t the case Friday, when Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union served appreciation luncheon for area law enforcement personnel at Kingston Community Center.

    “Tomorrow (Saturday) is Law Enforcement Appreciation Day and we wanted to do this for them,” Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Chief Operating Officer Lynn Jones said.

    “The credit union’s philosophy is people helping people, and I think that’s what they do. They serve the community.”

  • ARRESTS Jan. 6 - Jan. 11

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Jan. 6 –  Marvin Julius Hammontree Jr., 54, 1352 James Ferry Road, Kingston: domestic assault.

    • Steven Lee Duncan, 35, 101 Chestnut St., Lancing: attachment for contempt/non support.

    • Travis M. Matthews, 21, 120 Blue Springs Circle, Ten Mile: violation of probation/parole.

  • Development continues in Midtown area

    Harriman’s Midtown area continues to grow retail and other development.

    A car wash planned for Midtown is closer to reality.

    “I have had several discussions lately with the car wash owner, and they should be very close to pulling a building permit,” City Manager Kevin Helms said.

    “Their plans have been approved, so they can request it whenever they are ready.”

  • Longtime city attorney ‘a fine Christian man’

    A beloved Harriman attorney has passed away.

    George H. Lockett, 94, died Thursday, Jan. 7. He had served as Harriman City Attorney, and as attorney for the former Harriman Hospital, but he was well-known throughout the county by his reputation as an honest, fair and concerned attorney and friend.

    “He was a well-known lawyer, a fine Christian man and honest,” said Jim Dalton, who attended church all of his life with Lockett, who had been a member of Trenton Street Baptist Church since 1934.

  • Outside engineers may be asked about Kingston Pointe

    Kingston City Council’s agenda Tuesday will include a measure authorizing City Manager David Bolling to consult outside engineers regarding the proposed Kingston Pointe development.

    The matter was discussed this past Tuesday during Council’s regularly scheduled monthly workshop.

    Bolling and Council received preliminary figures on the project last month from Marty Duncan, president and general manager of Jerry Duncan Ford.