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  • Patton ouster trial under way



    Officials accused Roane County Constable Mark Patton of misconduct as the ouster trial of the beleaguered constable started Monday.

    Roane County Tom McFarland opened the trial saying that Patton has performed misconduct in his office as constable by threatening police officers, elected officials and citizens and also performing an illegal stop.

    “After this stop, there was a period of escalation,” McFarland said.

  • Patton case in judge's hands



    After hearing two full days of testimony in the ouster trial of Roane County Constable Mark Patton, the outcome is in a judge’s hands.

    Judge Russell Simmons Jr. said Tuesday he will render an opinion as soon as possible.

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland and District Attorney General Russell Johnson presented the case and cited several instances of what they described as misconduct on behalf of Patton.

  • Fly ash to hit rail, highways


    Ash-filled trains will soon be on the roll to Alabama, and TVA will soon begin test runs of trucking ash to area landfills.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved the TVA’s plan to transfer coal ash from the Emory River to the Arrowhead Landfill in Perry County, Ala., despite some complaints the ash is being dumped in an area with

    an impoverished, minority population.

  • Trial over slain grandmother begins



    Something bad happened to Kathleen Taylor.

    Prosecutor Frank Harvey and defense attorney Bruce Poston agree on that much.

    However, the two men differ about the involvement of David William Cosgriff.

    Opening statements began in Cosgriff’s first-degree murder trial on Tuesday.

    Harvey told the jury that Cosgriff is responsible for Taylor’s death.

  • Kingston dips into reserves to make budget



    No employee raises and no property tax increase has some of the Kingston City Council feeling torn about their final budget.

    Although they tried to find ways to fund a pay raise, they were unable without taking more money out of their reserve fund or looking at raising taxes.

    “Because of the economy, we didn’t want to add a property tax increase,” Councilwoman Teresa Ferguson said.

  • Constable Patton removed from office

    Roane County Constable Mark Patton has lost his office as a result of a judge's decision, according to District Attorney General Russell Johnson.

    Johnson said he received word Wednesday afternoon that Judge Russell Simmons Jr. has decided that testimony in last week's ouster trial was enough to warrant the embattled constable's removal from office.

  • Mark Patton removed from office



    For years people have been saying Mark Patton was unfit to hold the office of Roane County constable.

    On Wednesday, a judge agreed. In an eight-page ruling, Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons has determined that Patton should be ousted from office.

    “I think justice has been served,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Wednesday from the courthouse.

  • Kingston explores banning guns in city parks



    The right to bear arms, in public parks.

    Starting Sept. 1, permit holders will be allowed to carry their loaded guns into parks.

    The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed the law, and now municipalities will have the right to either accept or opt out of this law.

    The Kingston City Council discussed this option at Tuesday night's meeting.

    Councilwoman Teresa Ferguson brought the topic before council and is in favor of opting out of the law.

  • Houston brothers say they can no longer afford monitoring



    A judge let Rocky and Leon Houston out of jail on bond — and he’s apparently the only one who can send them back if conditions of the bond aren’t being followed.

    “The judge sets the conditions of release, so it’s always up to the judge what happens,” special prosecutor Kenneth Irvine said.

    One of the conditions of release is electronic monitoring. The Houstons are required to pay for the service.

  • Midtown Drive-In closing in August



    The days of catching a movie at the Midtown Drive-In are numbered.

    Owner Douglas Freeman has put the historic drive-in up for sale and plans to close down operations the first of August.

    Manager Charli Michaels said the drive-in just isn’t drawing in big crowds like it has in the past.

    “We’re just pulling in a couple hundred,” Michaels said. “We should be pulling in 600 or 700.”