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  • More to come on greenway

    The gates are open and the ribbons are cut.

    So what’s next for the Ladd Greenway?

    We’ll know soon, after Kingston City Manager David Bolling gets word back from Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    But there are plans aplenty, for both the short term and the long haul, as local officials seek to make the greenway a fully realized, full-service park.

  • Hike in sales tax pitched for city projects

    Harriman City Council approved first reading of an ordinance calling for a sales tax referendum to ask voters to increase the city’s local sales tax for infrastructure needs.

    Currently, the city’s local sales and use tax is 2.5 percent of the 9.5 percent rate imposed on purchases in Harriman.

    The ordinance proposes a referendum asking voters to decide on increasing the city’s share to 2.75 percent, which Harriman Mayor Chris Mason estimates could generate as much as $400,000 annually.

  • Downtown streets make paving cut

    Harriman City Council approved a list of streets to prioritize during paving and also contractor Rogers Group for the work.

    Rogers Group told city officials they could be on site to begin paving as early as April.

    The roads selected were graded on their condition thanks to a road committee that included Public Works Director Darrell “Drack” Langley and City Manager Kevin Helms.

    “It looks like a great job,” said Councilman Buddy Holley.

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  • Legislation could affect county’s Gencay holdings

    Future back tax sales could be less risky for Roane County if a bill pending in the Tennessee General Assembly becomes law.

    The bill would allow a county that obtains property at a back tax sale to ask the chancellor to set aside its bid if the financial and environmental risks are greater than the value of the property.

  • TVA ponders two types of impoundment closures

    TVA is considering two methods for closing the impoundments at its coal-fired power facilities, which include the Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County.

    The impoundments hold coal combustion residuals, such as fly ash and bottom ash.

    Close in place means the materials would remain in the impoundments. Close-by removal means they would be excavated and hauled off-site.

  • Demolition starts on last gaseous diffusion bldg.

    Demolition of the K-27 gaseous diffusion building began Monday, moving the U.S. Department of Energy a step closer to fulfilling its Vision 2016 — the removal of all gaseous diffusion buildings from the site by the end of the year.

    K-27 is the last of five gaseous diffusion facilities to be torn down at the East Tennessee Technology Park, the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

    Demolition of the four-story, 383,000-square-foot building remains one of DOE’s highest cleanup priorities.

  • Vacation deals offer up-close look at parks

    Tennessee State Parks is offering nine vacation packages in 2016 to suit all types of outdoor enthusiasts and skill levels.

    Guests can experience guided tours through eight state parks across Tennessee and several natural areas and wildlife refuges.

    The year’s tours begin with a Winter Waterfall Tour at Fall Creek Falls and South Cumberland State Park on Feb. 22-24.

    Focusing on the beauty and history of these majestic falls, guests can experience what a winter water wonderland looks like.

  • Knox attorney suspension to affect clients in Roane courts

    Knoxville attorney Bob Vogel has been suspended for one year by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    His clients include indigent criminal defendants in the 9th Judicial District, which is made up of Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

    “We’re trying to figure out how many cases we have that this is going to affect,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Johnson said the one that immediately popped in his head involves Roger Prince, who Vogel represents in Morgan County Criminal Court.

  • CASA Winter Blast helps agency help children in need of advocates

    Court Appointed Special Advocates of the Ninth Judicial District held its Winter Blast in downtown Harriman on Saturday.

    The event featured food, entertainment, prizes and appreciation for the volunteers who serve as advocates for the children who end up in the court system through no fault of their own.

    “These are the folks who are actually doing the work for the judges,” Winter Blast emcee Ron Berry said about the CASA volunteers.