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Today's News

  • Bruises, scratches only ailments of man rescued by sheriff’s deputy

    The man pulled from a creek on Aug. 21 was doing well this week, according to his girlfriend.

    “He’s got a couple of bruises and scratches, but other than that he’s fine,” Shannon Rasco said about Todd Mann.

    “His X-rays came back great and UT scan came back great.”

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn is credited with saving Mann’s life after he fell down a steep embankment and into Poplar Creek.

    “There’s no way I could have jumped in that water after him,” Rasco said.

  • Big hole shuts down Lawnville Road

    A section of Kingston’s Lawnville Road was shut down Wednesday afternoon so the Roane County Road Department could repair a hole that formed in the road.

    It occurred in the same spot where a precast concrete box culvert was installed to replace a bridge.

    “It was an old wood bridge,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    “We went in and tore it out and put the precast culvert in.”

  • THP’s Brooks up for Cleveland police chief

    Tennessee Highway Patrol Capt. Jessie Brooks is a finalist for the police chief’s job in Cleveland.

    He’s one of three finalists who will be interviewed next month for the top lawman’s position in the Southeast Tennessee city.

    “It is an opportunity that may not happen again, and I thought I better give it a shot and see what happens,” said Brooks.

    “I’ve got 34 years (with THP) and we have mandatory retirement at 60 — and I’m 59.”

  • Fake bill turns up in Kingston

    A man who reportedly tried to pass a fake $100 bill at the Kingston McDonald’s last week stuck around to explain to police how it got in his possession.

    According to a report filed by Sgt. Roy Montgomery, Timothy Dale Vaughn said he got the bill when he sold a riding lawnmower for $300 to a man off Craigslist.

    “Mr. Vaughn stated he spent some of the money at Walmart in Rockwood and a gas station in Midtown and had no problems with those $100 bills,” the report said.

  • Harriman teen adds another assault charge

    Days before she’s scheduled to appear in court for an alleged stabbing, a Harriman teen is in more trouble with the law.

    Alicia Eskridge, 19, was charged with aggravated domestic assault on Aug. 14 after she allegedly beat up her mother in the parking lot of the Eagle Food Mart on Georgia Street.

    According to the warrant, Peggy Anderson told police that Eskridge got out of a green Silverado and “dove into the car” she was in and started striking her.

  • New digs, new agent for Extension service

    The Roane County University of Tennessee Extension Office in Midtown held an open house last Thursday afternoon to show off its newly renovated building — and to welcome new county extension agent Jessica Wilkins to the area.

    “Our open house today is a way to show off our facility and to thank Roane County for giving us this facility, and for supporting our programs,” said Justin Thomas, Roane County UT Extension Service director.

    “Today also allows people to meet our new Extension agent, Jessica Wilkinson.”

  • Rural counties vulnerable to companies looking for big payout in grants, loans

    In 2006, Ron Woody was invited to a groundbreaking in Morgan County for a new biodiesel manufacturing facility.

    Woody, a University of Tennessee County Technical Assistance consultant at the time, remembers being skeptical about the project from the start.

    “I made the statement that day that it would never produce a gallon,” recalled Woody, who is now Roane County executive.

  • Two more arts grants for Roane

    Roane County Arts Council and Roane Choral Society were recently chosen as recipients of Tennessee Arts Build Communities grants for art projects from non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations.

    The Arts Council received funding for the 2015 Roane County Student Writers Anthology.

    Roane Choral Society will use its grant for “Chronicles of Blue and Gray: A Patriotic Tribute.”

  • GLIMPSES: The Civil War left lasting impacts and legacies for East Tennessee

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    My last two columns explored consequences of the Civil War yet failed to mention the war’s impact on the locale most dear to the majority of my readers.

  • Kingston area REU outage on Thursday to help prevent others

    Parts of Kingston will be affected by a planned Rockwood Electric Utility power outage on Thursday.

    Affected areas will be along Paint Rock Ferry Road.

    “Power will be out beginning at or around 9 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 27, and should be restored by 1 p.m.,” REU manager Kendall Bear said.

    “It will affect about 200 customers.”

    The affected area includes Lakeside Golf Course, Lakeside Drive, Onlake Drive, Thornton Lane, Sylvan Way and Sawmill Road, 496-979 Old Johnson Valley, Wise Road and Huff Road.