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Today's News

  • Have plane fun at charity air show

    By David P. Glockner

    For Roane Newspapers

    The Tennessee Eagles Radio Controlled Aircraft Club will host a charity benefit air show on Saturday.

    The purpose of the show is to benefit the Roane County Children’s Fund, which assists all children and their families in Roane County during times of financial need.

    The air show is open to the public, and admission is free.

    All donations and net proceeds will be given to the Children’s Fund.

  • Ky. man admits sex act with 14-year-old, police say

    A Kentucky man is in trouble after he was allegedly found in a motel room with a 14-year-old female on Saturday.

    Emad Mohammed Al Saedi is charged with statutory rape.

    According to the warrant, Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile responded to the Motel 6 on Gallaher Road to investigate a report of a juvenile being abducted from Virginia.

    Al Saedi is identified as Al Saedi Emad in the warrant.

  • Ellis heads up Commission

    The Roane County Commission selected Randy Ellis to be its new chairman.

    “I promise to be honest and fair and lead the Commission,” he said.

    The Commission selects a chairman each year during its September meeting.

    “I’m grateful and humbled for the trust they’ve put into me,” Ellis said.

    Ellis was nominated by Commissioner Darryl Meadows during Monday’s regular meeting. There were no other nominations for the position, and Ellis was elected by a 14-0 vote. Commissioner Junior Hendrickson passed.

  • Man’s body found in river

    Some people out fishing discovered a male body floating in the river on Monday. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

    “We had some teenagers and one adult that were fishing on the river bank that found the body,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Tuesday.

    A call was placed to Roane County E-911 about the body around 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

    “Dead body floating in the lake,” a report about the call said. “Male that’s floating near them while they are fishing.”

  • $1 million lotto ticket bought at Food City

    A lottery ticket worth $1 million was purchased in Roane County.

    Tennessee Lottery Communications Director Kym Gerlock said the ticket was sold at the Food City on Ladd Landing Boulevard in Kingston.

    The winner matched five of the six numbers drawn in the Mega Millions game Friday night.

    “We have not had anyone come forward yet to claim the prize,” Gerlock said Tuesday. “The player has 180 days from the date of the drawing to claim the prize.”

    Information about winners are not available until prizes are claimed.

  • Thank you for the music

    The doctor is out.

    Joe Williams has been president of the Babahatchie Community Band since its beginnings, when he, Julian Ahler and Nancy Oran first took the steps to bring what was then the Harriman Community Band to fruition.

    His love for the band remains, but he has handed over the responsibilities for the band and the annual TubaChristmas event he spearheads each year because of failing health.

    “I made one of the biggest hardest decisions of my life when I retired from president,” Williams said. “I just had to give it up.”

  • No Suboxone clinic, doctor says

    A Kingston medical practice, labeled as a “Suboxone clinic,” is really a place to treat patients suffering from a variety of ailments, according to proprietor Dr. Timothy Bell.

    “It’s a medical consulting practice,” he said.

    After 12 years practicing medicine from an office on North Kentucky Street, Bell, a doctor of osteopathic medicine, recently moved to Race Street in downtown Kingston.

  • Jailed jailer out of work

    A corrections officer who was arrested for domestic assault has been fired.

    “Gary Watts was terminated today following investigation into his arrest for domestic violence,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Thursday evening.

    Kingston police charged Watts with domestic assault on Wednesday.

    The alleged victim is his wife.

    She told police that her husband “open handed hit her in the mouth and then the back of the head,” according to the report filed in the case.

  • The EYES have it
  • Pill seller ordered to pay feds $150,000

    The feds are planning to collect from a Roane County woman who profited from selling pills.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan issued an order last month, granting the government a $150,000 money judgment against Stephanie Puckett. That represents her proceeds from the pill conspiracy.

    Puckett pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute oxycodone on Dec. 3, 2015. According to court records, Puckett worked at several pain clinics in and around Knoxville from mid-2012 to March 2015.