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    The entrance gate to the Swan Pond Sports Complex was closed this week.

    It could remain that way come spring.

    “It’s shut down during the winter anyway,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “What we’re trying to do is make sure we get all the sampling done, it get cleared so we can do spring soccer. That’s what everybody’s concerned about, but the only thing we can do is wait till the sampling is done to do that.”

  • Census vital to Roane

    A task force organized by the Office of the County Executive will work to ensure Roane County is properly represented in the upcoming 2020 Census.

    The goal of the Census Complete Count Committee is to make sure a full accounting of all residents is conducted by the April 2020 deadline.

    Getting an accurate account can’t be achieved without local involvement and support, according to Kimberly Smith, Partnership Specialist with the Department of Commerce.

    Smith said the 2020 Census will be very important to Roane County.

  • Kingston speeders beware

    Speeders on Paint Rock Ferry Road have become a concern for the Kingston Police Department.

    “For about a month back in January we wrote over 30 tickets down through there,” Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    The speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

    “I think it was sometime around 10 o’clock one night there was a car going 80 miles an hour,” Washam said. “Even though Paint Rock Ferry is a heavily traveled road, we don’t need speeds like that.”

  • Elvis impersonator comes to Oliver Springs Historical Society

    Elvis impersonator Greg Johnson is performing a “Can’t Help Falling in Love” Valentine’s concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Abston Garage Museum, the headquarters of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

    Fryd Chicken is also appearing.

    Tickets are $20 a person for VIP seating, which is the first two rows and $10 for general admission, advanced ticket sales only.

    Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Tickets are available at both Harvey’s Furniture Store and from any member of the Oliver Springs Historical Society.

  • Kingston says no to beer

    Kingston City Council on Tuesday declined to move forward with an ordinance that would allow sale of beer at city events.

    The issue was raised at a recent council workshop where it was suggested that the new amphitheater at Southwest Point might be a suitable venue for beer sales.

    A motion by Councilwoman Stephanie Wright that would have authorized the city manager and city attorney to draft amendments to ordinances and policies relating to the sale of beer at certain city events did not get a second.

  • Woman in trouble for falsely accusing police

    Shoplifting suspect Christy Dawn Hunter is in more trouble with the law for allegedly making false allegations against the officer who arrested her.

    Hunter was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Monday on one count of filing a false report and one count of retaliation for past action.

    She was arrested on Jan. 6 for allegedly shoplifting at the Walmart in Rockwood. That same day, District Attorney General Russell Johnson asked the TBI to look into allegations she made against the officer who arrested her.

  • Oak Ridge’s International Festival on Feb. 23

    The family-friendly International Festival in Oak Ridge will present entertainment, crafts and cuisines from many countries, with musical and dance entertainment on stage throughout the day and crafts for children to make and take home. The festival entertainment will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Children’s Museum, 461 West Outer Dr., Oak Ridge.

  • Dotson starts prison sentence for son’s death

    Matthew Dotson was transferred to state custody last week.

    “Dotson is currently housed at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex,” Tennessee Department of Correction spokesman Robert Reburn said Monday.

    A Roane County jury sentenced Dotson to life in prison without parole on Feb. 2.

  • High school consolidation voted down

    The Roane County Board of Education’s plan to build a new consolidated high school was dealt another blow on Monday.

    A resolution that sought approval of the project was voted down by the Roane County Commission at the courthouse.

    “I just think it’s a day that’ll ring forever,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.

    “We had a chance, I thought, to move the county forward and they chose not to.”

    The County Commission meeting room was standing room only.