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A man drowned in Watts Bar Lake on Saturday.

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When you think of leadership, who or what comes to mind in our communities? What makes a good leader? A leader is anyone who takes the initiative to make things happen in their group, organization, or community. They often take the “bull by the horns” and are the first to get things done.

Bushes obstruct the view of Randy Ellis’ home from the street. The TBI is probing a fire that happened at the home on June 19.

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The TBI is investigating a fire that occurred at a home owned by Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis.

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A budget amendment boosted the pay for outgoing Director of Schools LaDonna McFall. The original budget approved for 2021-22 had her pay at $133,120. The amendment added an additional $15,360 bringing the total to $148,480.

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BUCHANAN — State officials opened the new 91-guestroom Lodge at Paris Landing, an attraction featuring a full-service restaurant and lounge, with indoor and outdoor dining, and conference spaces to serve both business meetings and social functions at Paris Landing State Park.

The personnel/training committee of the E-911 board was scheduled to meet at noon on June 28 to discuss the search for a new director.

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When Cody Anderson was hired as director of Roane County E-911, one of the people who voted to hire him thought it would be decades before the E-911 Board would have to search for another director.

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On June 17, the Roane County Industrial Development Board (RCIDB), closed on one of the largest industrial sites in the Roane Regional Business & Technology Park.

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A Kingston man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting his mother and stealing her car. Dylan Dakota Melton was arrested on June 16. According to the warrant, Carol Ann Johnson told police she came home from shopping and discovered her son inside her residence.

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Brian Mullins was looking forward to his day in Roane County Circuit Court on Wednesday. It didn’t happen, however, because the hearing in his public records lawsuit against the city of Harriman got postponed. It was rescheduled to next month before 9th Judicial District Circuit Court Judge …

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County officials predict some good will come from a resolution that earmarks money for investment into water and sewer utilities within the county. The Roane County Commission approved the resolution on June 13. It includes Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation funds along wit…

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The Harriman city council voted to demolish four properties deemed blighted structures during a meeting on Tuesday. Pictured are properties located at 1110 and 1106 Sevier Road. The other two properties are located at 211 Hannah Road and 606 Meadowview Drive. Other items discussed at the mee…

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The county is nearly halfway to reaching last year’s total number of overdose deaths with about six months to go in 2022.

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Aid To Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, Appalachian Housing Partners will be applying to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Office for a Housing Preservation Grant to provide assistance with home repairs to low income families in Roane County.

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A former candidate for Roane County executive was shot and killed on Sunday. Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Miles Harold Ledbetter Jr. had a confrontation with two men.

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An incident involving family members over the weekend led to shots being fired. It also led to some arrest.

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Diamond Tap Tavern, located at 215 W Rockwood St. in Rockwood has only been open for six months, but is already developing a dedicated clientele. Diamond Tap was started by Darlene Varney who moved to Roane County from Detroit, Michigan, around 7 years ago to help find a warmer place for her…

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Juneteenth was celebrated at Harriman’s Triangle Park. Local residents gathered to dance to

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Members of the Roane County NAACP, and 8 alumni of Greenwood Colored School gathered with several Roane County citizens and some political candidates and officials to take part in a dedication ceremony for the historical building.

The county is planning to help the city of Kingston purchase some property near Ladd Park for parking.

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Kingston, Rockwood and Oliver Springs could be getting a portion of the county’s American Rescue Plan money.

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Jason Maxedon has been named executive director of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. The appointment was made Wednesday by a unanimous vote of the participating members of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission following an interview session at the TWRA’s headquarters.

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Remote Area Medical, a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality dental, vision and medical care to those in need, will hold a free, two-day clinic on July 9-10. RAM will be set up at First Baptist Church of Livingston, located at 708 E. Main St., Livingston, for tw…

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The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee is proposing to use American Rescue Plan funds for two years to boost the pay of people who work for the Roane County Ambulance Department.

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Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson’s 9th Annual Community Picnic is scheduled for June 30 from 12-2 p.m. at Roane County Park.

Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway explains how the electronic poll books work. They will be used in the upcoming election.

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Work started on Rockwood Marina and Campground project last week, with crews from KECK Enterprises Knoxville clearing trees and brush and leveling land to create a road to the development. Members of the city council have been trying to get the project off the ground for years.

The Roane County Chamber of Commerce and Roane County Schools have recognized sixty-five graduating seniors as Tennessee Scholars. Award ceremonies were held at each of the five Roane County high schools between May 6-12, 2022. Each Tennessee Scholar received a medallion and certificate duri…

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At the June 2022 VEC Customers Share Board meeting, local organizations in Roane County were awarded $2,000 in grants. Organizations receiving funds included the Midway Quarterback Club ($250), Midway Youth Cheeleading Organization ($250), Midway High School Boys Basketball ($500), and Midwa…

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A man is facing attempted second degree murder charges in connection with a Monday domestic incident in Philadelphia. Craig Dean Adkins allegedly shot at his wife and 7-year-old child with a Ruger Wrangler 22 LR. Neither were struck.

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KINSTON — Residents living in and around the Kingston can learn about their risk for cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and other chronic, serious conditions with affordable screenings by Life Line Screening.

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KNOXVILLE — What is the value of a gaze? In the hands of researchers at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, the value could be immense. The Institute’s Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics recently launched the REM Lab — an acronym for research, extension and m…

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NASHVILLE — Tennessee State Parks will offer volunteer work events at 39 parks across the state on Saturday, June 25 for Tennessee Promise scholars to fulfill their community service hours.

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Kingston police seized $2,740 from a man over the weekend. According to a press release, officers responded to the Dollar General on Gallaher Road on Saturday around 10:30 a.m. in reference to a call about someone slumped over in a vehicle.

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NASHVILLE — Canadian buyers visited seven Tennessee horticulture businesses last week for an inbound trade mission. The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) hosted the tour to expand export opportunities for the state’s producers of ornamental plants.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park wildlife biologists and park rangers responded to Elkmont Campground on Sunday, June 12, following a bear incident that resulted in human injury. After an investigation and on-the-site monitoring, wildlife biologists successfully captured the responsible b…