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  • No deals for testimony in shooting case



    Stephanie Foland said she didn’t receive anything for testifying as a prosecution witness at Christopher Lee Powers’ preliminary hearing last week.

    Foland was in the car with Powers when he was shot by Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes on Feb. 9.

    Foland doesn’t face any charges in the Powers case, but she does have multiple charges pending in other cases in Roane County General Sessions Court.

  • Commission, BOE vow to build better rapport



    Some members of the Roane County Commission had positive reviews about last week’s joint meeting with the Roane County Board of Education.

    “I thought we made progress,” Commissioner David Bell said. “Definitely.”

    The meeting in the auditorium of Roane County High School focused on the budget needs of the school system.

    “There was a lot of good information and building of rapport between the two bodies,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.

  • Video devices not working on locomotives



    Norfolk Southern Railway officials have said a video recording device was not working on any of the locomotives involved in a fatal train-and-car collision near Harriman last May.

    Roane State Community College basketball players Jadah Gallaher and Rod Drummond were killed in the crash at Mountain View Road. Gallaher’s brother, Darius, was driving the car. He and his friend, Hunter Crass, were seriously injured.

  • Bridge work on I-40 West starting April 7 in Roane

    Tennessee Department of Transporation will begin work this week on Interstate 40 West at mile markers 352 and 356.

    The work will start at 7 p.m. April 7.

    Traffic will be reduced to one lane as crews begin bridge repairs at these locations.

    These lane closures will remain in place around the clock until repairs are complete.

    Motorists should expect potential delays and be alert for sudden stops or slowed traffic and use extreme caution in this area.

  • OS eighth-graders shine on ACT math



    Two Oliver Springs Middle School youth scored perfect scores of 25 on the math portion of their ACT Explore test.

    The examinationis taken by eighth-graders take to prepare them for the real thing in high school.

    Matthew Charles and Timothy Mallett both did extremely well on the test overall, but they really shone in math, their best subject.

    "They are brilliant on their own,” said school counselor Jennifer Huckaby.

  • Police: Man asked mom to introduce him to teen daughter on Facebook



    A registered sex offender is accused of contacting a woman on Facebook and asking if he could meet her teenage daughter.

    That led Harriman police to charge the man, Keith Wesley Payne, with a sex offender registry violation.

    According to the warrant, the woman received a message from Payne via Facebook on Dec. 31.

  • Classical sounds for reading program



    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.”

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  • 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.