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  • Bazel Road next on Harriman’s list for paving

    Harriman found more money in its budget to tackle additional paving.

    The city is paving Bazel Road and a portion of Clifty Street that ends at a cul-de-sac.

    “Bazel Road is probably in the worst con-dition of any of the roads,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright, who made the motion to use the funds to pave the roads.

    Councilman Tim Johnson, who seconded the motion, said Clifty Street is also in need.

    “The two projects together will total somewhere in the neighborhood of $150,000,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Kingston officials tweaking water-leak policy

    The Kingston Water Board is still wrestling with possible changes to its leak policy.

    The utility offers every customer the option of paying for leak protection insurance. The policy, issued by ServeLine, covers one leak per customer per year up to $2,500.

    Since the insurance policy has been available however, uninsured customers have requested adjustments. There have also been requests for adjustments from customers who are under-insured or who need more time to pay the bill.

  • Uncle arrested for beating men with bat

    Two Rockwood men were badly beaten with a baseball bat around midnight April 11 at 705 Elm Ave.

    Leonard Wayne Keith was severely injured and airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center. Brian Keith Barnes was taken to Roane Medical Center.

    The suspect accused of striking the pair is Brian Keith Barnes’ uncle, Donald Horace Barnes, 59, who lives at the home.


    Some are calling for a referendum on the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million building plan.

    “I would hope that a decision of this magnitude would be left to the people through a referendum,” Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said during the public comment time at last week’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    “I think the referendum is an excellent idea,” added Mike Parkison, who also addressed the Commission during the public comment portion of the meeting.

  • Four arrested in connection with stabbing

    Harriman police arrested four people believed to be tied to a March stabbing and shooting.

    Three suspects were taken into custody Thursday, with a fourth arrested Friday in connection with the stabbing of Robert Griffin.

    A fifth suspect is being sought in connection to the incident.

    Police relied on the suspects’ own security video footage and footage from a nearby Harriman Utility Board camera to detail what happened.

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  • Harriman Care therapists use VirtuSense to help patients

    Routines are insignificant for most, but for those recovering after a surgery or a fall, returning to everyday life is a milestone to celebrate.

    New health-care technology is bringing those everyday milestones closer to reach for many residents at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation.

    This technology, called VirtuSense, is new to the health-care marketplace. It empowers physical therapists to pinpoint metrics down to the centimeter and to help patients return to their everyday lives faster.

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  • Best: 46-month bank robbery term ‘a blessing’

    Christopher Wayne Best didn’t view his sentencing for bank robbery on Thursday as a negative.

    “I’m going to take whatever time you give me as a blessing and try to be a better person,” Best told Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan.

    The federal guidelines called for a sentence range of 46 months to 57 months. Varlan kept it on the low end and sentenced Best to 46 months.

    “The court appreciates the defendant’s statement,” Varlan said.

  • Stove merchant racks up felony charges

    From staff reports

    A Kingston businessman faces multiple felony charges after customer complaints initiated a police investigation.

    Jody Starnes, owner of Starnes Woodstove and Patio Store on Race Street, has been charged with two counts of theft, said Kingston Police Detective Keith Kile.

    The charges, which will be combined and sent before a grand jury in June, allege that Starnes took deposits from customers after signing a contract to perform installation of stoves and fireplaces but performed no work.