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Today's News

  • Long-range consolidation plan in works

    New or consolidated high schools could be in Roane County’s future. The Board of Education voted this month to start the process of selecting an architect to study the needs of the school system and recommend a long range plan for replacing or consolidating high schools.

    “This is a step forward and this will give us some insight with the aging facilities we have, and hopefully get on track for some type of building program,” Board Member Rob Jago said.

  • Kingston boat racing: Bigger, better

    Despite some icky weather last year, the return of boat racing to Kingston’s July 4th holiday celebration was a big hit.

    Now city parks officials are prepping for an even bigger — and, they hope, less rainy — four-day run of big-time power boat racing in 2014.

    Oval-track boat racing used to be a regular feature of the mid-summer holiday in Kingston.

    Save for a couple of years when the city hosted drag-style boat racing, it went without its annual dose of speed-on-the-water for the better part of 20 years.

  • Triathlons also bring in silver, gold for city

    Kingston is becoming a haven for Iron Men — the kind in running shorts, swimsuits and cycling shoes.

    The city hosted triathlon-style races for the third year in June, including a sprint triathlon and a half-Iron Man on June 14, and a kid’s triathlon the week before. The spring events included a 600-meter sprint, a 16-mile bike race, and a 6-kilometer run, while the half-Iron Man featured a mile swim, a 56-mile bike race and a half marathon.

  • Hazari wows at reading program
  • Rocky sentence? Not max

    Rocky Houston didn’t receive the maximum punishment on Thursday, but he came close.

    The sentencing guidelines on his federal conviction ranged from seven to nine years in prison.

    U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves went with the top of the guidelines and sentenced Houston to nine years.

    “This man is dangerous and you should protect the public for as long as you can,” Assistant U.S. Attorney David Jennings said, when arguing why Houston deserved nine years.

  • 3 towns vote on wine in groceries

    Wine sales might be making their way to grocery stores in Kingston, Harriman and Oak Ridge.

    It’s among isues that may be decided at the Nov. 4 election, and if it passes, in 2016, customers can grab a bottle of wine while they get a loaf of bread.

    State Sen. Ken Yager discussed wine sales in a presentation to Harriman City Council recently.

    “I voted against the bill. I have a concern about the effect on small business, i.e. the package stores,” he said. “But it passed. It is the law.”

  • Campground taser battle brings police

    A Chattanooga man reportedly told police that his girlfriend tasered him in the genitals over the weekend. Police couldn’t determine a primary aggressor and arrested both John Wesley Shingleton and Sonia Gayle Greene.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the incident occurred at the Crosseyed Cricket campground on June 20.

  • Three face separate sex crime charges

    Brian Lee Bruno, a 21-year-old Knoxville man, is charged with two counts of statutory rape in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Statutory rape is a Class E felony, which is the lowest on the felony scale in Tennessee. Bruno was indicted by the grand jury on June 17. He turned himself in the next day, according to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    The alleged crimes occurred between May 1, 2012 and June 1, 2012. The indictment said the alleged victim was four years younger than Bruno at the time.

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  • Experiments spark excitement
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    We have recently been reading some books in a relatively new series by authoress Rita Mae Brown, who has several novels to her credit, including another series featuring “Sneaky Pie” Brown.