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  • Classical sounds for reading program

    By KAITLIN KEANE

    kkeane@roanecounty.com

    Knoxville Symphony Orchestra String Quartet stopped by the Kingston Public Library with their “Fizz, Boom, Read!” program late last month.

    Members of the quartet combine stories about music with classical selections, sound effects and hands-on learning for preschool-aged children and their parents.

    The program has the musicians show the children how to explore sounds as they come together to create music.

  • Dollar General open on Gallaher Road

    Dollar General Store has opened its newest Roane County location at 764 Gallaher Road in Kingston.

    “Dollar General is committed to delivering a pleasant shopping experience that includes a convenient location, a wide assortment of merchandise and great prices on quality products,” said Dan Nieser, Dollar General’s senior vice president of real estate and store development.

    “We hope our Kingston customers will enjoy shopping at Dollar General’s new location.”

  • Hoppiness is ... hanging with the Easter Bunny
  • Pierce trial set for July

    Former Rockwood public works director Tom Pierce is set to go to trial in July.

    He is set for a three-day jury trial beginning July 14 on the allegations of official misconduct, theft of property and fradulant use of a credit/debit card.

    A status hearing was held on the case Tuesday.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller had no comment about the case, but he hopes to see the city move past the scandal.

    “I think it is something the city of Rockwood needs to get behind them,” he said.

  • Robotics team shows stuff at Michael Dunn Center

    The theme for this year’s high school robotics competition is Recycle Rush.

    It was fitting, then, that Roane County High School’s robotics team did something for the Michael Dunn Center’s recycling program.

    The center helps people with special needs and disabilities be more independent.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Random thoughts on the passing scene

    Gentle reader, as you have no doubt observed, the transfer of power brought about by the 2014 election whereby the Democrats lost their majority in the Senate, has stimulated a certain triumphalism in the Republicans.

  • On the hunt
  • Accused wife-shooter out of jail

    Former police officer Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, 41, who is accused of shooting estranged wife Jenny Gambrell, bonded out of jail on Wednesday.

    He had been in the Roane County Jail since March 21, when he is charged with shooting Jenny Gambrell multiple times and holding Roane County sheriff’s deputies at bay for several hours at her home.

    He had a bond-reduction hearing this week.

  • Cyclists expected to roll in for race

    Two-wheel competitors are expected to flock to Roane County for the return of a successful cycling event.

    The Roane County Omnium is back, now more fittingly called the Three River Rumble.

    It starts Saturday, April 18, and features a weekend full of road bike racing in Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood.

    “Last year we drew in just over 125,” said Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler, a retired competitive cyclist and part of the organizing. “We expect this year to draw over 200 people.”

  • Teen injured in Wednesday afternoon wreck