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TN Walking Horse industry faces uncertain future

By: Heidi Hall, The Tennessean

KINGSTON, TENN. - The foals prancing on yellow-flowered hillsides at Winding Creek Stables already show unmistakable signs of their lineage.

Powerful back haunches. Flat chests. Heads held unusually high.

They're offspring of the Tennessee Walking Horse breed's finest - the kind wealthy patrons of it want to own. Nameplates nailed to the Roane County farm's stalls read like cover stories from the Walking Horse Report.

EPA announces progress in Kingston coal ash cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency says the coal ash cleanup effort in Kingston has turned a corner.

In 2008, more than a billion gallons of coal ash spilled into the Clinch and Emory rivers. Over the next month, EPA project manager Craig Zeller expects the agency to complete the ash extraction process with the removal of 14 million more gallons of coal ash.

Another 100 million gallons will be kept in the rivers as a part of a long-term environmental study.

Rockwood police chief steps down

Rockwood's police chief is stepping down.

The mayor says Chief Bill Stinnett wants to spend more time with his family. He will be demoted to captain.

Veteran law enforcement officer Danny Wright is taking over as chief of police, effective July 1st.

Girls face felony charges for vandalizing elementary school

(WBIR- Rockwood, Tn) Three girls are now facing charges in connection with the vandalism of an elementary school.

Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett says the girls ages 11, 12 and 14 broke into Ridge View Elementary early Friday morning. Police say they broke two iPads, poured a soft drink into a copy machine, threw paint over more than a dozen computers and monitors, and wrote on $3,000 smartboards with sharpies. Damage could exceed $10,000.

Chief Stinnett says the girls are charged with felony vandalism and burglary.

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Take a tour of Cherokee Caverns.... in the dark!

Take a tour of Cherokee Caverns.... in the dark!



Cherokee Caverns to offer “Old Fashioned Lantern Tours”  on Saturday, May 25th from 10am til 4pm.   Tour caves the way they used to in the old days!  

Neighbor charged with shooting gun too near Tiger Haven

A neighbor of a big cat sanctuary is charged after recklessly shooting a gun too near the property.

Roane Tea Party group says it was targeted by IRS

(WBIR- Kingston) An East Tennessee Tea Party member will head to Washington D.C. Wednesday to speak about his dealings with the IRS.

The Tea Party Patriots organization invited Roane County Tea Party Co-Chairman Greg Johnston to join them at the Capitol.

Johnston said his group has tried to get a 501 (c)(4) tax status since January 2010. He said for two years, the IRS reported no progress on the group's filing. Then, one day, everything changed.