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  • Frightful & Sweet

    Kingston celebrated Halloween in two ways: with a scary time at the fire department’s Sinister Point haunted house, above, with Brian and Tori Thompson scared by one of the displays. There was also reading, costumes and treats at Kingston Public Library’s event, where Charlie Haasee, 3, looks at a book. VIEW MULTIMEDIA SECTION for more glimpses of ghosts, goblins and fun.

  • No true bill in OS mayor frays



    A Roane County grand jury returned no indictments last month after hearing evidence regarding two altercations involving Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler.

    The grand jury took no action on the matters, which involved Hepler and town employee Jeffrey Burum.

  • Shooting victim said to have hit, kicked pregnant woman’s stomach



    Joshua Brown, the alleged victim in a Roane County shooting case, is accused of kicking and punching a pregnant woman in the stomach.

    Brown is charged with aggravated domestic assault in the Sept. 24 incident.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Vianney Del Toro was traveling on Old Harriman Hwy. when he saw a man and woman in the roadway.

  • Fire victims live on through park



    Nine years after a tragic fire took the lives of six people, including four children, the park in their honor is thriving.

    Jason and Demerius Monroe, their children Mikayla Monroe and Dalton Burgess, and house guests, brothers Kaleb Stooksbury and Kolby McElhaney, all perished in the Nov. 5, 2005, blaze.

    Development of Smokerise Memorial Park, at Burke Mill Road and Darrell Lane in Smokerise subdivision, began in 2006.

  • U.S. Senate hopeful Ball stumps in Kingston



    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball owns a private jet, but he didn’t fly into Roane County on Friday.

    Ball came here on a bus he’s using to crisscross the state in the final days before Tuesday’s election.

    “I think it’s going to be a horse race right to the end,” Ball said about the senate race.

    A total of 12 candidates are vying for the senate seat.

  • Roane celebrates Sauter Timber expansion



    Officials celebrated Sauter Timber’s recent expansion on Friday.

    The company, which specializes in making wood components, is in the Roane County Industrial Park.

    President Reinhard Sauter said the expansion started in May.

    “We needed extra space, so we built a new shop,” he said.

    Wood components manufactured at Sauter include trusses, log home parts, brackets, beams and frames.

  • Lots of coincidences and good food at The Other One

    The irony of this “Out to Lunch” adventure is that a Knoxville minister at the church where my daughter-in-law, Faye, works recommended that I visit his favorite restaurant: The Other One – Diner-Deli-Dive in Oak Ridge.

    In the Grove Center shopping area at 178 Randolph Road, it’s just across the road from the swimming pool, which was virtually my back yard as I grew up in Oak Ridge.

  • Harriman Happenings November 3

    I wish Mark Hightower a speedy recovery.

    He recently had surgery at a hospital in Knoxville. He is feeling some better and is at home recuperating.

    Kenneth Edward Gillespie from Atlanta recently spent a weekend visiting with his sister, Margaret Ruth Collier and her family, and his brother, LC Gillespie, and his wife Mary Alice.

    He always comes to see me before returning home. He is a former resident of Harriman.