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Today's News

  • Contractor’s friend pleads guilty to stealing tools

    Timothy Claude Owings of Kingston pleaded guilty last week to stealing tools from excavating contractor Brian Mullins.

    “It’s a bad situation when you have someone that’s been a friend to you and they’re stealing from you,” Mullins said.

    Mullins said he grew up with Owings. He also said Owings, 45, used to work for him.

    “There’s not a whole lot you can say,” Mullins said. “It’s just bad when

  • Gallaher pleads guilty in Harvey case

    Eric Glenn Gallaher pleaded guilty Friday morning to voluntary manslaughter in the death of David Lee Harvey.

    Harvey died after being punched by Gallaher outside the Grill & Pub bar on July 23, 2011.

    Gallaher received a three-year sentence on the voluntary manslaughter charge and a six-year sentence in an unrelated drug case. The terms will run consecutive for a total sentence of nine years.

  • Powers’ no-show at court leads to more trouble

    Christopher Lee Powers, the man who was shot by a sheriff’s deputy on Feb. 9, is back in jail.

    A warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday after he failed to show up in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Powers, 34, was picked up on Tuesday and is being held without bond. His next court date is Aug. 14.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Powers last month on charges stemming from the Feb. 9 incident.

  • Tax assessments ready

    You’ll soon know what the county thinks your property is worth. Assessment change notices are expected to hit the mail any time.

    The Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments has reached a point in Roane County’s reappraisal process where it is comfortable allowing their release.

    “The Division of Property Assessments is confident that property values for tax year 2015 now meet acceptable standards,” the comptroller’s office said in a news release Thursday.

  • Samples gets prison for bank robbery

    U.S. District Court Judge Pamela Reeves sentenced Bryan Scott Samples to 14 years in federal prison last week for robbing a Knoxville credit union. The Kingston resident must pay $3,130 in restitution and serve three years of supervised release when he gets out of prison.

    Samples robbed the Y-12 Federal Credit Union on Clinton Hwy. on Jan. 23. He was arrested the following day and pleaded guilty in the case in March.

  • Resource officers get a workout
  • Don’t feed the waterfowl at county park

    Roane County Park is asking for a little tough love regarding the critters there.

    It recently initiated a do-not-feed-the-wildlife policy, and the aim is to discourage the large numbers of ducks and geese that gather looking for a handout.

    Park director Mike Beard said the issue is one of sanitation, especially involving the picnic shelters the park rents out for special events.

    “We pressure wash the floors and tables the afternoon before,” Beard said. “The day of the event, they are nasty.”

  • Grant money available for home repairs

    Low-income homeowners living in Kingston, Rockwood and the unincorporated areas of Roane County will have the opportunity to spruce up their homes, thanks to HOME grants awarded by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency.

    Each government entity will receive $250,000 toward repairs.

    “Anytime we can get a grant to help people rehab their homes, it’s good,” Kingston Mayor Tim Neal said. “It’s good for the city, and it’s good for the citizens.”

    The $750,000 total is the maximum THDA can allocate in one county.

  • Roane Imagination Library program expansion continues – thanks to help

    Roane Imagination Library continues to expand its reach, touching the lives of more Roane County children than ever.

    More than 1,950 books are being purchased and sent to Roane County children each month — a saturation rate of around 81 percent.

    Pro2Serve’s Barry Goss once again is donating $5,000 for a matching challenge grant for Roane Imagination Library’s annual campaign.

    Barry Stephenson of MCLinc has given $2,000 for matching funds as well.

  • Case dismissed for Kingston 911 abuser

    Dennis Lowery’s attempts to get a ride got him arrested, but that didn’t lead to a conviction.

    His criminal charge for making 911 calls in non-emergency situations was dismissed in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday.

    “My understanding is that the defendant is addressing an underlying issue that might explain his conduct,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.