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  • A View From Lick Skillet: “The Mooch” sees the light: Of Trump — “he is crazy”

    Gentle reader, as you will recall, last week’s lead was the special DAR event scheduled for last Sunday in commemoration of the centennial of Harry T. Burn’s vote in the Tennessee House of Representatives that successfully completed the ratification process for the Nineteenth, or Suffrage, Amendment to the U. S. Constitution whereby the women folk of this great republic finally achieved the right to vote and by inference to hold office.

  • Body Recovered

    Searchers have recovered the body of a man who jumped off the Hwy. 70 bridge Tuesday.

    “The Roane County Rescue Squad, Kingston Fire, Kingston Police, some tips we got from Rockwood PD, some help from Roane County Sheriff’s Office made the recovery remarkably fast,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    “I think from the time they started recovery, he was located within the first 20 minutes. Everything worked out great to bring closure to the family.”

  • Director looks for building direction

    LaDonna McFall, Roane County’s new director of schools, is trying to get caught up on the building issues facing the Board of Education and the County Commission.

    “Would the board be safe then planning on bringing all of our schools up to par and just keeping them all open?” she asked during Tuesday’s Budget Committee meeting.

    “Is that what I’m understanding you to say, and we take the consolidation part out of it?”

  • Judge troubled by how Jacobs case proceeding

    Jacobs Engineering Group’s attempt to get some judicial relief in the form of a writ of mandamus was denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit last week.

    “Jacobs argues the writ should be issued because, without mandamus relief and without the Phase I trial verdict being vacated, its Seventh Amendment rights will be violated,” the Sixth Circuit said.

  • RPD seeks information on stolen tools, items

    A woman is reportedly out of thousands of dollars of tools and other items she was using to rehab some apartments.

    The Rockwood Police Department is investigating.

    According to the report, Patrolman Charles A. Crothers responded to 604 S. Kingston Ave., where he met with Lynnette Elser.

    “She stated that she was renovating the apartments and also had four other houses that she was working on and had been using the garage at the apartment for storage,” the report said.

  • Kingston awarded second year for financial reporting

    For the second year in a row the City of Kingston has been awarded the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.

    “This is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting, and is a very significant accomplishment that took a great deal of hard work to achieve,” said City Manager David Bolling. 

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  • Scrutiny on Roane Academy

    The Roane County Commission’s ad hoc committee on Roane Academy didn’t change its position on the facility during a recent meeting.

    The Commission considered filing a lawsuit against the operator of Roane Academy last year, but opted to defer it and have the ad hoc committee work with the facility to address issues of concern.

    When the committee met in the spring, members expressed satisfaction with the operation and voted to recommend no action on the resolution calling for legal action and to meet again in November for a progress update.

  • Texas man busted with stolen semi

    A man with a Texas driver’s license was found in a stolen semi-truck Sunday morning. The truck was reported stolen out of Detroit.

    The driver, identified as 53-year-old Perry Robert Munguia is facing multiple charges.

    According to the incident report, deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the 360 mile marker on Interstate 40 regarding a reckless driver.

  • Air-med proposed law would set price controls on medical billing

    Local, state, and representatives for U.S. Congressional leaders met at the Rockwood Municipal Airport last week with Global Medical Response to discuss the potential impact of a proposed law on residents in Roane, Morgan, Cumberland and other rural communities.

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee were both in attendance at the meeting.

    The proposal in the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee is known as the Lower Health Care Costs Act of 2019 (S. 1895).

    The bill is sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.