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    Another incident involving violence occurred at Roane Academy this week.

    “They called dispatch and said they had an unruly juvenile and wanted some assistance from the sheriff’s office,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The incident happened Tuesday afternoon.

    According to the E-911 detail sheet, someone by the name of Tammy Proffitt called from Roane Academy and advised that a juvenile was “very violent” and had struck an employee in the head.

  • Kingston looks at 23-cent tax rate increase



    Kingston residents may be looking at a 23-cent property tax hike in the coming fiscal year.

    “I have never supported or proposed a tax increase,” said Kingston City Manager David Bolling Tuesday as he presented the proposed budget during its regular monthly workshop.

  • Farmer to plead guilty to federal firearms charge

    Tyler Farmer has made a deal in his federal firearms case.

    In exchange for pleading guilty to possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has agreed to dismiss a charge of knowingly possessing stolen firearms.

    Both Farmer, of 156 Greystone Way, Kingston, and his attorney have signed the plea deal.

    “The defendant is pleading guilty because the defendant is, in fact, guilty,” the agreement states.

  • Big loan, but no tax hike, in Harriman budget

    Harriman officials’ initial approval of the 2016 budget Tuesday steers the city on a path that includes pay raises for employees, a big loan for paving and borrowing for police cars.

    It’s all without increasing tax revenue.

    The first reading included the new certified rate of $1.2197 per $100 valuation, which should generate the same property tax revenue as previous years.

    “We have worked hard to keep our tax rate the same for the last 12 years,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • One bid submitted for greenway’s next phase



    The city of Kingston has received only one bid for the second phase of the Greenway Enhancement project near Ladd Landing.

    The $310,125.26 bid, submitted by Stephen Smith Construction Co. of Knoxville, “was just under budget,” Kingston City Manager David Bolling said during the City Council’s workshop on Tuesday.

  • Harriman couple accused of break-in, robbery at gunpoint

    A Harriman couple has been arrested for breaking into a home and holding its occupants at gunpoint on Aug. 26.

    Jeremy Burress, 26, and Kayla Doniece Jeffers, 25, both of 303 Long Drive, Harriman, were arrested for aggravated robbery and theft of property not from a building (under $500), among other charges.

    According to an affidavit of complaint by Lt. Dan Schneider of the Harriman Police Department, the victims identified the pair as the suspects who robbed them at gunpoint.

  • Retired road superintendent dead at 71

    When it came to bosses, Donna Patterson said Tom Hamby had no equal.

    “He was the best boss I have ever had,” she said.

    Hamby, Roane County’s former road superintendent, passed away on Saturday at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. He was 71.

    “I really am sad that he passed away,” said Patterson, who was Hamby’s secretary. “He’ll be greatly missed by a lot of people.”

    Hamby was appointed road superintendent in May 1999.

  • Crawley fighting blazes in Wash.

    Roane County’s Bryan Crawley is helping fight the forest fires that have ravaged portions of Washington state.

    “I am currently the medical unit leader for the Carpenter Road fire under the Rocky Mountains incident management team,” Crawley said late last week.

    “The team is a Type 2 incident management team.”

    Crawley and the team were in Fruitland, Wash., last week. Fruitland is a community of 500. An estimated 500 firefighters were based at the Fruitland Bible Camp, about 65 miles north of Spokane.

  • Community working together for ‘Miss Mayme’s School’ site

    Oliver Springs dedicated its newest park Friday, as Carmichael Park recently completed Phase I of its development plan.

    Carmichael Park is on the site of what used to be Oliver Springs Colored School, also called Miss Mayme’s School by its former students.

    The park is named for longtime educator Mayme Carmichael, who taught and impacted many lives at the school.

    “We are just blessed and honored to be a part of this,” said Julia Daniel, Mayme Carmichael School Organization president.