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  • DAV offering vets rides to three clinics

    Roane County Disabled American Veterans Post 86 has its van-rider program up and running.

    Veterans who have a scheduled appointment to the Cookeville, Murfreesboro or Nashville VA facilities are eligible for the program.

    Call 304-0162 for information or to schedule a ride.

    Those using the program are asked to make the appointment in the morning.

    They are asked to be prepared to leave early in the morning and arrive back home in the afternoon.

  • Cherokee Middle School takes on ‘R-word’

    Cherokee Middle School is pushing back against bullies in a YouTube video.

    The video also focused on one particularly offensive name-calling theme: using the word “retarded.”

    Kellie Allen, a special education teacher at Cherokee, was behind the effort.

    “I decided I just wanted to raise awareness for anti-bullying and at the same time I wanted to raise awareness for ‘Spread the Word to End the Word,’” Allen said.

    “I wanted to make a video,” she added. She found a company called LemonDrop Productions that helped make the video for free.

  • Harriman police sting targets alcohol sales to minors

    Harriman police changed up its usual undercover routine to identify local businesses selling alcohol to minors.

    Harriman’s stings are usually in January and July, but this year, they held one on April Fools’ Day.

    Charged with serving to underage customers were Christina Stansbury, 18, Kingston, an employee at Gondolier’s; Kayla Reynolds, 26, Harriman, of Lee’s Food Market in North Harriman; Nilesh Patel, 40, Kingston, of Big John’s; Caitlin Lane, 23, Rockwood, an employee at Big E’s; and Amanda Love, 25, Rockwood, an employee at Dawg House.

  • Pre-April Showers for May Flowers

    “April showers bring May flowers,” the springtime rhyme says, but what happens when the rain starts early? A rain-drenched Zoe Abernathy peeks out from her hooded sunflower rain jacket as she walks down the cherry-blossom-lined sidewalk at Southwest Point. A rainy Saturday made for a soggy Home and Garden Show at the park and a wet Power of Purple 5K run for Relay for Life. Both events, however, went on as scheduled.


    A teen with Down syndrome who lost his beloved extensive CD collection now has even more music to fill his heart.

    Christopher Forrester’s heart was broken when he lost around 150 CDs. But fellow music lovers have done more than make sure the distraught 16-year-old got his collection back.

    “I’m excited,” said Forrester’s mother, Sarah Brown. “I’ve had people bringing CDs to my job and everything.”

  • Little interest shown in race for attorney

    The filing deadline for the Aug. 7 election is at noon Thursday.

    As of Monday, only one candidate – Greg Leffew of Rockwood – had qualified to run for Roane County attorney.

    That’s surprising to some, given the fact that the position pays $93,775 for what is a part-time job.

    “I don’t know why it hasn’t attracted more interest,” Harriman attorney Donice Butler said. “It does pay well.”

    Butler lost to Tom McFarland in the 2006 county attorney’s race.

  • Neighbors file new suit against Tiger Haven

    Tiger Haven is the subject of another $10 million lawsuit.

    The plaintiffs – Everett E. Bloom, John L. Woody, Harold Pesterfield and Ronald A. Bean – also sued Tiger Haven for $10 million in 2011.

    That lawsuit was voluntar-ily dismissed on March 4, 2013.

    The lawsuit was refiled on Feb. 28 in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Bloom, Woody and Pesterfield live near Tiger Haven, a sanctuary for large cats in East Roane County.

  • Kingston man arrested for exposing self to child

    An arrest was made over the weekend in an incident in which a man allegedly exposed himself to a child at the Harriman Kroger late last month.

    James Tipton Lands, 53, of 214 Walnut Road, Kingston, was taken into custody Friday evening by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    He was charged with indecent exposure and driving on a revoked and suspended license with warrants being taken out by Harriman Police Department’s Dan Schneider.

  • KINGSTON: City ponders fate of surplus funds

    The members of Kingston City Council have a problem — but it’s the kind officials like to have.

    The council will ponder a handful of options concerning leftover funds from its recent city hall project. They’ll probably figure out what to do at their April council sessions.

    The city borrowed some $2 million a couple of years ago, for purchase and renovation of the former medical plaza at 900 Waterford Place.

    The building is now home to the new Kingston City Hall.

  • Kingston chili-cookoff raises funds for Fourth of July event

    The city of Kingston held their first fundraising event for the Smokin' The Water July 4th event. A chili cool off was held between the city departments and a silent auction.

    The event raised a little over $2000 toward the annual July 4th event.

    This year will mark the return of the American Power Boat Association boat races along with one of the largest fireworks shows in the state.

    The departments were competing for the Golden Ladle Award. Rick Ross with Kingston Parks and Recreation was the winner of the event.