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  • Youth theater camp in Roane next year

    Roane State Community College, the Princess Theatre and the Tennessee Arts Commission are teaming up to host a youth theater camp next summer.

    Clarissa Feldt, RSCC theater director, said the camp is open to middle and high school students in Roane, Anderson, Morgan and Cumberland counties. There is only room for 15 students, but those selected will be attending the camp free of charge.

  • A good kind of BRAT

    Participants in the 27th annual Bike Ride Across Tennessee Fall Tour camp for the night at Southwest Point recently before continuing their two-wheeled excursion around the state.

    The tour began at Cumberland Mountain State Park in Crossville and ran about 400 miles with daily mileage averages from 55-75 miles.

  • Kingston’s Woody revs up fans at Tennessee home games

    When Keelie Woody was growing up in Kingston, she dreamed of one day being a cheerleader for the University of Tennessee Spirit Team.

    She’s now living out that dream — Vols fans can look for her on the sidelines Saturday, when she’ll be one of a select few leading the cheers against Florida in front of a sellout crowd at Neyland Stadium.

  • Pills proving deadly over past 8 months

    There were 19 confirmed overdose deaths in Roane County in 2015.

    The numbers this year haven’t given officials a reason to feel better about the problem.

    According to information provided by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, 15 people had died from overdoses in Roane County through the end of August. Four of those were confirmed and the final determination on the others were still pending.

  • Vehicular homicide parolee jailed for alleged violation

    Bryan K. Howard feared his July arrest would jeopardize his parole on a vehicular homicide sentence. Those concerns may have been justified.

    Howard was booked into the Roane County Jail on a Tennessee Department of Correction parole violation warrant on Sept. 14.

    “Parole violation warrants are non-bondable,” said Melissa McDonald, communications director for the Tennessee Board of Parole. “That means Mr. Howard will remain in jail until a revocation hearing can be held for him.”

    That could take a while.

  • Kingston department fires up the grill for Michael Dunn Center

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon was dealing with fire Monday morning, but in a good way.

    Gordon and the Kingston Fire Department hosted a picnic for Michael Dunn Center at Kingston City Park.

    “We’re doing a fun day for Michael Dunn Center,” Gordon said after grilling more than 100 hot dogs. “It’s a way for us to give back to the community.”

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  • Commissioner working for Road Dept.

    Randy Ellis, Roane County commissioner and chairman of the Road Committee, will be working for the Roane County Road Department.

    According to county payroll records, Ellis was hired by Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson for the position of “office personnel” effective Sept. 13.

    “He’s doing the litter, the fuel and the payroll,” Ferguson said. “He’s also helping with a beautification project we’re working on and the new internal controls we have to do for county offices.”


    Roane County residents joined the rest of Tennessee in feeling the crunch of a gas panic that ensued after word that a pipeline was temporarily shut down because of a leak.

    That panic led many people to rush to the pumps to fill up in fear of a gas shortage and prices jumped about 10 cents since last week.

    Stations in the area typically hovered around the $2 mark last week. Now prices are ranging from $2.09 to $2.19 per gallon of regular gas in Roane County.

  • No breach of account info in Credit Union texting scam

    Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union representatives said a texting scam that began this weekend is not a data breach for the agency.

    Credit Union representatives also said this week all account information is secure and has not been hacked.

    “Please remind all citizens no financial institution will ever text or call a customer to request personal information,” said Rebecca E. Lawson, chief support officer/administration for Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union.