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  • County gets in landlord business

    The residents at 300 Spring St., Kingston, have a new landlord.

    Roane County has purchased the four-unit apartment building at that address.

    “It was the last piece of property that had to be purchased for the jail expansion plan,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The county jail, which opened in 2009, is located on Third Street in Kingston next to the Dollar General.

    The county is planning to expand the jail, and it has acquired a number of nearby properties in recent years for the expansion project.

  • High court refuses to hear Smoot

    Shawn Smoot’s attempt to get the Tennessee Supreme Court to hear his appeal was unsuccessful.

    The convicted killer filed an application with the high court in November.

    “Upon consideration of the application for permission to appeal of Shawn Nelson Smoot and the record before us, the application is denied,” the court said in an order filed last month.

    A Roane County jury found Smoot guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Brooke Nicole Morris.

  • Down to five in Kingston rec search

    The search for the next director of Kingston’s Parks and Recreation Department has narrowed down to just five candidates.

    City Manager David Bolling said this week that he has reviewed 49 applications for the position that was vacated after the resignation of former Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross last month.

  • Harriman eyes moving to new location for municipal offices

    By Richard Evans

    During their workshop Tuesday evening, the Harriman City Council discussed the potential move of city hall and the anticipated demolition of a portion of the old Harriman Hospital.

    Mayor Wayne Best said the city has expressed interest to Covenant Health for the vacant medical office building across Roane Street from the old hospital but to date has heard nothing from them.

    He said he would get in contact with them this week and check on the status of the offer.

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  • A View From Lick Skillet: Will any Republican present a “Profile in Courage?”

    Gentle Reader: You are on the threshold of witnessing one of the seminal moments in American history, during which you will see the Republic strengthen and regain its rightful place in the pantheon of democracy, or contrariwise witness another step backwards into a state of oligarchical domination. The principal players in this drama of national destiny are those persons who are partisans of the Republican Party organization.

  • Trustee to open Saturday for property tax payments

    The Roane County Trustee’s Office at the Roane County Courthouse will be open from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 23.

    “Hopefully a bunch of people will come in on Saturday,” Trustee Chris Mason said.

    “The more people that come in on Saturday, that’s less that will come in next week.”

    The deadline to pay 2018 property taxes without penalty is Feb. 28.

    The Trustee’s Office usually sees long lines the last week of February, with people looking to get their taxes paid before the deadline.

  • Train strikes parked car, driver killed

    A Rockwood man was killed when his vehicle was struck by a train at the railroad crossing on Mountain View Road near midnight Friday, Feb. 15.

    The preliminary incident report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol indicated Jesse E. Shipwash, 28, of Rockwood, was parked on the tracks in a 2010 Hyundai Accent when struck by a northbound train on the Norfolk Southern railway line.

    “The Train sounded all proper warning signals, horns, and lights as it approached the railroad crossing at Mountain View Rd.,” reported Trooper Nathaniel Crow.

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  • Where does Roane go from here without school merger?

    The Roane County Board of Education may stay the course on its plan to build a new consolidated high school.

    “As a board member you have to make the decision is the plan you presented to County Commission the best one,” longtime member Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “If you feel like it’s the best one then I think it’s your obligation as a school board member to stay with the plan you presented.”