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Today's News

  • Roane State students get a kick out of bubble soccer
  • Kingston Fire Dept. dive team certified

    Residents of Kingston and Roane County in general have another reason to feel safe.

    “We finally have a certified dive team,” Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said last week.

    “We’re here to assist the Roane County Rescue Squad and the city of Kingston,” he added. “We’re trying to provide more services to the City of Kingston and to Roane County.”

    Eight members of the fire department are certified — with three more nearing completion of the training process.

  • First reading of Harriman budget to be considered at Tuesday session

    Harriman officials will consider first reading of the city budget at its Tuesday meeting.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m.

    Officials said the reading will include the certified property tax rate of $1.2197 per $100 valuation.

    Certified rates are the amount a government should charge to collect the same amount of revenue as the previous year.

    The second budget reading is tentatively set for Sept. 8.

  • Bat bites teacher in Kingston school

    A teacher at Kingston Elementary was bitten by a bat at the school Tuesday morning.

    “What we assume happened is one got in when we had the doors open because of the flooding,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said on Wednesday.

    “When you leave doors open at night, that’s what happens — and we had the doors open sweeping the water out.”

    Heavy rains on Aug. 19 flooded portions of the school and classes were cancelled the next day.

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  • 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.