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Today's News

  • New way to dispose of drugs introduced

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition has a new tool in the prevention of prescription drug use.

    The group was introduced to Dispose RX, a new drug-neutralizing powder, at their monthly meeting at their Kingston office last week.

    Ann Hamlin from Dispose RX in North Carolina demonstrated the powder that, when added to the bottle with water, is an “effective and convenient and inexpensive method of drug disposal that does not enable removal for illicit use.”

  • TWRA in touch during Tiger Haven incident

    An officer with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency was in contact with local law enforcement the night Roane County E-911 received a report about a lion running on the side of the road near Tiger Haven, according to attorney Tracey E. Boyers.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office looked into the incident, which was reported on Jan. 5 around 9:45 p.m.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said they determined there was no lion on the loose.

  • Banned alleged shoplifter back in store

    A shoplifting suspect was allegedly back in Walmart three days after being accused of stealing a computer from the store.

    According to a police report, Walmart loss prevention officer Joey Foster told Rockwood detective Dwayne Gray on Valentine’s Day that Garrett Gielissen was in the store on Feb. 10. Foster told Gray that he confronted Gielissen in the customer service area.

  • Mason ponders exec bid

    Former Harriman mayor Chris Mason picked up a petition to run for county executive last Wednesday.

    “Anybody that knows me knows that I’ve always been interested in this office,” Mason said. “Right now I’ve picked up a petition and just really investigating the possibility of running and studying all the issues that the county is facing right now.”

    The county executive’s job is currently held by Ron Woody.

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  • ‘Voyager’s’ Kes barred from driving

    Former “Star Trek: Voyager” actress Jennifer Lien’s recent run-in with police resulted in guilty pleas last week. In December she was charged with DUI and simple assault.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Wes Stooksbury spotted Lien driving erratically on Hwy. 70 in a gold Buick.

    “I did detect an odor on her person believed to be associated with an alcoholic beverage,” the warrant said. “I asked again if she had been drinking and she stated she was drunk.”

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Let’s make Kingston great again

    Imagine a downtown Kingston where folks travel from near and far to visit historic places and stop at coffee shops and ice cream stores to refresh themselves.

    On nice days these visitors could walk by the lake or maybe even rent a sailboat, canoe or kayak for an afternoon cruise before dining in a fine downtown restaurant.

    It’s still a dream, but business owners, elected officials and volunteers have been working to make it reality. These visionaries intend to breathe new life into the underdeveloped downtown Kingston.

  • GOING with the FLO: God protects those following Him

    In last week’s column I mentioned that God promises to “dispossess nations greater and mightier than we are” if we obey and He will “set us high above all the nations of the earth.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Mega-School invites Mega-Troubles

    Well, Gentle Reader: It’s happened again. This time at a high school in Broward County Florida. This atrocious slaughter has provoked, once again, the gun debate, and we could join in on that vital subject, but not today, for today we want to address a much more vital and much more timely aspect of this mass killing, as it relates to our local situation and future prospects.

  • Calfee, Yager invited to monthly Breakfast With the Legislators

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee have been invited to participate in the next Breakfast With the Legislators hosted by the Oak Ridge League of Women Voters.

    The breakfast will be from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in the Social Room of the Oak Ridge Civic Center at 1401 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    A free continental breakfast will be served.