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  • You're a grand ol' flag

    Third-grader Will Letner shows his enthusiastic patriotism during Midway Elementary School’s “Let’s Sing, America!” program last week.

    The school’s third-, fourth- and fifth-graders presented the concert of red, white and blue favorites, including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “God Bless the U.S.A.” and “The Spirit of America.”

  • Body cameras now part of Kingston PD uniform

    The Kingston Police Department has joined the growing list of agencies to outfit officers with body cameras.

    “It’s not that we don’t trust the officers, but with all these things going on nationwide, it was just a matter of time,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    Several high-profile incidents involving police nationally is driving the body camera movement among law-enforcement agencies.

  • Tract that once was Houstons’ sold off

    The thought of holding onto land that once belonged to brothers Rocky and Leon Houston didn’t go over well with Roane County Habitat for Humanity.

    “It made us a bit uncomfortable,” Vice President Jim Smith said.

    Cleveland attorney James Logan donated two Houston tracts to Habitat as a gift in 2012.

    Habitat sold one of the tracts in February to Estel and Bonnie Ridge for $30,000.

    “We found some local folks that wanted to buy it, so we thought that was a good arrangement,” Smith said.

  • CVMR taking résumés

    CVMR, the advanced materials company that last month announced it is moving its international headquarters to the Horizon Center in Roane County, is now accepting résumés.

    It has not, however, specified what jobs it is seeking to fill.

    To submit a résumé, send it to hr@cvmr.ca

  • Lots of Seusstastic fun

    Dyllis Springs Elementary School, Oliver Springs, recently had a Seusstastic math and literacy fun night.

    During one of the math sessions students made towers with different math patterns.

    Other fun activities included a book walk (very much like the traditional non-Seussified cake walk) and a “Hop on Pop” trampoline station.

  • Register children for kindergarten, pre-K this week

    Roane County Schools’ registration for kindergarten and prekindergarten for the 2015-16 school year is later this week.

    Registration will take place at the elementary schools from 2 to 5:30 p.m. April 16, and from 7:30 to 11 a.m. April 17.

    Parents should register students for the 2015-16 school year at the school in their district.

    Kindergarten students must be 5 on or before Aug. 15; pre-K students must be 4 on or before Aug. 15.

  • Child Find finds youngsters fishing

    Fishing for numbers is a popular activity at last week’s Child Find event at Roane County Park.

    Partaking in the fun, from left, are Elijah Jordan, 3, Kayleina McGaha, 4, Bailey Church, 3, and Hannah Andrews, 12.

    There were a number of other activities at the event, including face painting and a jumpy house.

  • Deputy sheriff hurt in motorcycle stop

    A Roane County sheriff’s deputy was injured last week trying to stop a man on a motorcycle.

    Roy Luther Potter, 32, faces several charges in the April 6 incident.

    According to warrants, deputies were trying to get some suspects to exit an outbuilding at 5542 Roane State Hwy. when Potter suddenly appeared on a motorcycle.

    Deputy Tyrel Lorenz reportedly ordered him to stop, but the commands were ignored.

  • Crass father and son hailed

    The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission recently recognized a Harriman father and son for their life-saving heroics last year.

    Neil Crass and his son, Hunter, helped save three young boys from drowning on Feb. 1, 2014.

    The three 14-year-olds had broken through ice on the Emory River and were holding on to a buoy until help arrived.

    Emergency efforts to reach the boys were stalled by the ice-covered waters, but the father and son were able to use their boat to help a firefighter get to the boys.

  • Few turn out for ash spill damage assessment session

    There was a light turnout for last week’s public meeting on the TVA ash spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment.

    The meeting in the Roane County High School auditorium featured a presentation on the assessment and a question-and-answer session.

    TVA, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and U.S. Fish and Wildlife are acting as trustees on behalf of the public. The group will also determine how to spend $750,000 that TVA is providing for restoration projects.