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  • Kingston expects tight belts at TDOT

    Kingston City Council signed off on the state’s Roane County Major Thoroughfare proposal at its October council session.

    But what the plan will mean for Kingston is still an open question.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets said the Tennessee Department of Transportation has been looking at long-term road issues for counties all over the state. TDOT representatives recently made a 30-minute presentation to local officials, based on a “very detailed study.”

  • Physician’s assistant faces drug charges

    A Knox County physician’s assistant was arrested following a traffic stop in Roane County last week.

    Joe M. Braden is charged with manufacturing/possession of a controlled substance for resale, possession of marijuana and DUI.

    His address was listed 7701 Corryton Road in Corryton — also the address for Braden Family Medicine.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes received a call about a possible drunk driver on Interstate 40. Mayes said the vehicle was driving in the middle of the road.

  • Harriman woman indicted in May hit-and-run death

    From STAFF REPORTS

    A Harriman woman allegedly involved in a fatal hit-and-run was indicted by a Roane County grand jury Monday.

    Raychell C. Huckelby, 48, was indicted on charges of DUI, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

    The victim, 59-year-old Daniel Hester, was found dead on Pansy Hill Road in Harriman on May 9.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Officer Joe Sherrill had been parked off Pansy Hill Road on May 8 when he witnessed Huckelby’s truck stop, back up and then pull away.

  • Addiction facility aimed at community-only

    A new addiction treatment facility is coming to Roane County.

    WestCare Foundation, a group of nonprofit organizations in health and human services, is looking at opening outpatient services in Harriman in the former Courts of Praise Church next to Riverfront Park.

    “Our community needs this now so we want to get it done as soon as possible,” said Jenny Tippens, WestCare’s development director for Tennessee.

  • Lure of bass hooking area high school students

    Fishing pros Charlie Ingram and Ray Brazier visited Oliver Springs High School Wednesday to film part of their “Fishing University” TV show for the Outdoor Channel. The duo has been in Roane County the past week filming.

    Ingram and Brazier answered questions and talked about different career opportunities the students could take within the outdoor field.

    The pros stopped by the high school because of its bass club.

  • Need info on voting choices? VOTE411.org site could help

    VOTE411.org, an online voter information guide, is now available to all citizens of Anderson and Roane counties. Sponsored locally by the League of Women Voters of Oak Ridge, VOTE411 began in 2006 at the national League level. More than 220 Leagues are now participating.

    The site allows users to compare candidates for office in their district, select their choices and create a ballot summary that they can print out, take with them to the polling place or share. To access the guide, the user should go to www.VOTE411.org and follow the prompts.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sensible folks won’t fall for GOP Ebola scare

    Gentle reader, it has been a principle of human existence that we as a species are superior to other life forms because of our intellectual superiority, our ability to analyze and think through things.

    Well, dear friend, recent days would seem to put all that principle in doubt. People who should be paragons of intellect and prowess of thought and analysis have displayed none of these characteristics.

  • Farm in family 100 years

     

    That phrase has special meaning to trio of Roane County siblings who are holding on to the family acreage in Poplar Springs Valley between Kingston and Oak Ridge.  

    “We are just proud it is still in the family,” said Karen Hurst. “We are going to try and be good stewards. We want to keep it in the family and want to take good care of it.” 

    It’s where her father, Hoyt Robinette, spent his much of his life. 

  • Another $100,000 in TVA funds

    Questions remain about the approximately $100,000 in interest earned on TVA’s $43 million.

    “As far as I’m concerned right now, that $100,000 is nobody’s,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

    Mason serves on the Roane County Economic Development Foundation along with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Kingston Mayor Troy Beets and Rockwood Mayor James Watts. TVA executives Bob Deacy, John Bradley, Justin Maierhofer and Leslie Nale also serve on the foundation.

  • Early voting sluggish this round

    Roane County’s early voting turnout for the Nov. 4 election isn’t following the trend of the August election.

    “It’s been a little slow,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “We’re not having the same number of voters we had.”

    Early voting started on Wednesday, Oct. 15.

    According to the Tennessee Department of State, the early and absentee total for Roane County through Monday was 1,783.

    “I think it’s lack of interest,” Holiway said.