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  • 58 Landing pavilion ready for Fourth crowd

    Kingston’s 58 Landing pavilion was completed Thursday – just in time for the July Fourth activities. 

    It has a roomy overhang, and also features restrooms for both men and women. 



    Harriman residents at a candidate forum at David Webb Riverfront Park wanted to know what candidates for city races can do to encourage industry and other opportunities. 

  • Chase lands man in jail


    A 31-year-old man who racked up a dozen charges in a police chase was sentenced to 45 days in jail last month. 

    Judge Terry Stevens sentenced Michael Harold Smith on June 20, 10 days after the pursuit that landed him in trouble. 

  • Offender accused of phone child porn images

    Gary Wayne Pierce, a registered sex offender, was allegedly caught with child pornography on his cellphone last month.

    Authorities charged him with sexual exploitation of a minor.

    “It’s an ongoing investigation,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Friday.

    According to the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry, Pierce has a conviction for enticing a child for indecent purposes.

  • Boat slips awaiting final OK

    Kingston’s boat slip project is in a holding pattern while city officials await final approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and TVA. 

    Both entities jointly held a 30-day public notice period earlier this year, asking for comments on the project, which has had both supporters and detractors since being proposed late last year. 

  • Scant interest in county budget


    Last week’s public hearing on the 2016-17 Roane County budget had virtually no interest from the public. 

    Only one person, Carol Runyan, spoke during the public hearing — and it was about the animal shelter and animals running loose in rural parts of the county. 

  • Haunted Hospital clown indicted

    The case involving a haunted hospital clown has taken another twist.

    Larry Benton Davis, 31, was indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury on June 20 for aggravated sexual battery and assault.

    “I’m glad he did,” the grandmother of the alleged victim told the Roane County News on Wednesday.

    Davis volunteered at the Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital event at the old Roane Medical Center last October. He wore a clown costume and said it was his job to greet people.

  • Food store wine sales no problem for Kingston liquor store owner

    Atish “Hojo” Kala, the owner of Bootlegger’s Liquor Store in Kingston, said he doesn’t fear competition. He embraces it instead.

    “The thing about competition, it’s supposed to breed success because it makes you get better,” Kala said. “If you don’t have competition, you get complacent.”

    Kala said that’s why he’s not afraid that grocery stores in Tennessee can start selling wine today – Friday.

    “If you don’t adapt and change your ways, you’ll get

  • Boat races attract aficionados from coast to coast

    Every race is a family affair for members of the American Power Boat Association.

    “This really is a family sport,” explains Race Director Kristi Ellison. “It is something we all grew up doing.”

    The group has been moving into Kingston since last week — most heavily Wednesday and Thursday — preparing for races that will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday on the waterfront.