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Today's News

  • Woman charged in fatal accident

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Kingston woman has been indicted on two counts of criminally negligent homicide in a November 2009 traffic accident.

    Two people riding on a motorcycle were killed in the accident.

    Aileen Kennedy was driving a 1997 Ford Ranger on Hwy. 58 when she attempted a turn into the Riverbend Market.

    She turned right into the path of the Honda Goldwing motorcycle that carried Keith B. Abblett and Nadia Abblett, both of Knoxville.

  • Roane players enjoying Rocky Top experience

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Kayla Christopher, Callie Mergen and Jenna Ray are getting a different type of basketball experience this summer as all three are playing in the 2010 Women’s Pilot Rocky Top League being played at Knoxville Catholic High School.

    The league is comprised mostly of college players from throughout the area with many that play for the Tennessee Lady Vols.

  • Tree swallows help monitor TVA ash toxins

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    When it comes to determining the potential harm from TVA’s 2008 ash spill, scientists are turning to the birds.

    Tree swallows, to be precise.

    Why tree swallows?

    Neil Carriker, who is overseeing the TVA study, says the birds’ feeding and territorial habits make it an ideal subject.

    Based on its diet of primarily insects, he sees it as sort of large-mouth bass with wings.

    But unlike the bass, the tree swallow doesn’t go far from its nesting box during breeding season.

  • Pantless photo of candidate sends another message

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The series was called  “Out of Frame.”

    However, Tennessee House of Representatives candidate Julia Hurley is very much in frame in a picture posted on ModelMayhem.com.

    Hurley, who is seeking the Republican nomination in the Aug. 5 primary, is pictured pantless and appears to be pantiless while wearing black high heel boots that approach the knees.

    Her body is positioned in an empty picture frame.    

  • Guinn returns to Kingston

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    It's taken more than 30 years, but Connie Guinn has returned to Roane County High School and the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets.

    In the late 1970s, Guinn was a star guard for the Lady Jackets and now after an illustrious coaching career that have featured stops in the high school, collegiate and professional ranks, Guinn is returning to her alma mater with the hopes of making the Lady Jackets into one of the top programs in the state.

  • County exec hopefuls offer thoughts at forum

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Voters can start heading to the polls next month to choose who they want to serve as county executive for the next four years.

    The three men vying for that position shared their views on a number of topics during a candidates forum on Thursday at the Kingston Community Center.

    The event was hosted by the Roane County Republican Women. Each candidate was allowed to make an opening and closing statement.

    They were also asked questions by a moderator.

    Mike Farmer

  • County doubles trailer value

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Outrageous.

    That was Charles Hall’s initial reaction when he learned the county had increased the appraised value on his trailer — structure only — by almost 100 percent.

    “I couldn’t believe it,” he said.

    Hall’s trailer was previously appraised at $4,500.

    The recent five-year reappraisal upped the value to $8,900.

  • Harriman finds money for employee bonuses

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year is lean, but it still includes a few donations to charities and a bonus for employees.

    In the first reading, Tuesday, June 22, the city gave its employees some bonuses.

    That equates to $400 to each full time employee. How much a part-time employee gets is based on a formula, but will be no less than $100.

  • ‘Hot’ property? DOE tests will tell

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Scott Boyes saw an opportunity seven years ago when the Tennessee Department of Transportation was constructing the new Hwy. 70 bridge.

    Boyes had a depression in his front yard and TDOT had some fill to get rid of.

    “I wanted it,” he said.

    The soil was brought to Boyes, who used it to fill in the low spot on his Walton Road property.

    However, what once seemed like an opportunity has now become a concern for Boyes.

  • Cawood case hindered by missing report, deputy hints

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The judge who presided over Chris Cawood’s bench trial last November suggested that the outcome could have turned out differently.

    “I won’t speculate what I would have done had the charge been disorderly conduct,” Special Judge Larry Warner said. “However, on the charge of resisting arrest, I find him not guilty.”