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  • 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.

  • United Way director resigns

    Roane County United Way Executive Director Amy Harmon has announced her resignation effective May 30.

    Harmon, who has been United Way director since January 2012, is stepping aside from her post to spend more quality time with
    her family, including husband Travis and 1-year-old daughter Elise.

    “The Roane County United Way and its mission will always be in my heart, and I know the organization and its community partners will continue to focus on creating lasting change with excellence in Roane County,” she said.

  • Meetings to discuss Watts Bar Unit 2

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled two April 9 meetings to discuss construction inspection and oversight of Watts Bar Unit 2.

    The unit is to be built near Spring City, which neighbors Roane County to the southwest.

    The plant is being built by the Tennessee Valley Authority, which also operates Unit 1 at the site.

    The first session will begin at 4 p.m. in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn, 2811 Decatur Pike, Athens, adjacent to Interstate 75.

  • Does judge hopeful live in district?

    Charles Holiway has a lot of duties for the upcoming election.

    Investigating the residency of candidates isn’t one of them, however.

    “That’s not our responsibility,” said Holiway, who serves as Roane County’s administrator of elections.

    “It’s the candidate’s responsibility to say that they meet all the qualifications or requirements, such as age, residency, and all that.”

    Mike Pemberton, a candidate for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge, said he meets residency requirement.

  • Iowa fugitive nabbed, teen runaway found

    Roane County sheriff’s deputies apprehended an Iowa fugitive and discovered an underage runaway in his company on Thursday.

    The fugitive, 25-year-old William Theodore Nicely Jr. of Batavia, Iowa, and the 15-year-old girl were found at a trailer at 132 Eblen Cave Road.

    Nicely was wanted for sexual assault in the third degree with full extradition, according to sheriff reports.

    “We don’t know why they came to Roane County,” Roane County Sheriff’s Capt. Tim Hawn said.

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  • Gallaher manslaughter trial postponed

    Eric Gallaher’s voluntary manslaughter trial scheduled for Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court has been postponed.

    “He’s a little disappointed,” defense attorney Donice Butler said. “He wants it over with.”

    The state recently secured the services of an expert witness in the case, and the parties said that’s the reason for the delay.

  • Sheriff’s office preparing for spring citizens academy

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is planning a citizens academy this spring.

    The group will meet from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. each Thursday from April 17-May 29. The final meeting will include a graduation ceremony.

    “The academy is a community-oriented policing program promoting a better relationship between the sheriff’s office and the community it serves,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

    There is no cost to attend.

  • Wicks taking on state with mastery of world geography

    Sam Wicks knows his way around a map.

    The Cherokee Middle School seventh-grader is a semi-finalist eligible to compete in the 2014 Tennessee State Geographic Bee on April 4.

    It is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now its 26th year.

    “I just hope I know some of the stuff,” Sam said.

    He said he works hard studying geography and enjoys it.

    “I just thought it was interesting,” he said.

    His parents couldn’t be more proud, if a little surprised.

  • Family takes electronics breaks in tech-driven society

    Teens and preteens dive into technology today.

    For parents, it can be a fine line for how much their children partake, and concerns about how young people navigate online is also a concern.

    The Shillings and Hardin family have taken a tougher approach than others. Though dedicated to seeing their children enjoy technology, they also want them to come up for air and be active.

    “I just think it is cautious,” Mae Ann Shillings said. “It is trying to teach them to be careful and try to be responsible.”