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  • Habitat for Humanity finds a new home

    A ribbon cutting was held last week to celebrate the new location for Roane County Habitat for Humanity and Roane County Cooperative Ministries. The two nonprofits now share a space at 733 E. Race St., Kingston.

    “We’re very happy to be with RCCM,” Habitat President Todd Fisher said.

    That didn’t used to be the case. Habitat was previously located on James Ferry Road. RCCM did its work out of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Midtown.

  • Cruisin’ and a cuppa joe

    Harriman’s Cruisin’ is marking 12 years this year, and it’s still a big draw for car enthusiasts and their shiny cars and trucks.

    “We went to Somerset, Ky., in 2003 and copied everything they did,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    Saturday, April 11, kicks off this year’s series. The road is typically closed off at 3 p.m and vehicles begin parking at that time. The event runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

  • Fall blamed for death of woman

    A woman found dead in one of the units at Kingston Four Apartments last week is not believed to be a victim of foul play.

    “She had fell and suffered an injury that caused some bleeding,” Kingston Police Department Chief Jim Washam said. “Everything was related to the fall.”

    Kingston police identified the woman as 48-year-old Pamela Scarborough.

    Police were dispatched to her apartment on April 1 for a welfare check. Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes responded because city units were busy on another call.

  • New designer drug warning issued

    The relatively new synthetic drug 251-NBOMe, or “N bomb,” has been associated with the deaths of at least 17 people in the United States since 2010, when it first became available over the Internet, often marketed as “legal” or “natural” LSD.

  • Goss drug-case sentencing delayed

    A sentencing hearing scheduled last month for prescription pill dealer John Wesley Goss was reset to June 8.

    Goss, 61, pleaded guilty in federal court in 2013 to money laundering and conspiracy to distribute oxycodone. He was the ringleader of a Roane County prescription pill ring believed to have obtained more than 200,000 oxycodone tablets.

    Goss was released from jail last month after his attorney told a judge he had three months or less to live because chemotherapy had been unsuccessful in stopping his cancer.

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  • Should out-of-county students pay tuition?

    One of the topics that came up during a joint work session between the Roane County Commission and Board of Education last week had to do with out-of-county students and whether to charge for them to attend schools here.

    “If I lived in another county, I’d want to go to Roane County Schools,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    Roane County Schools has around 7,000 students. Commissioner Todd Fink asked Aytes how many are out of county.

    “Probably 125 to 130,” Aytes said. “That’s just an estimate.”