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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.

  • Serving those who sacrificed

    Roane County native Matt Cofer has one of the most important jobs in the U.S. Armed Services.

    He is responsible for honoring our military serviceman who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

    The 2013 Rockwood High School graduate is a member of an elite unit stationed at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, formerly Fort Myer, Va., home of Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

  • Supreme Court rejects Rocky Houston appeal

    Rocky Joe Houston’s grievance with his federal firearms conviction won’t be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court.

    America’s court of last resort denied his petition on Monday.

    The petition sought review of a lower-court decision that said it was OK for agents investigating Houston to install a camera on a public utility pole without getting a warrant.

    The camera had zoom and pan capabilities and it allowed agents to conduct surveillance of Houston on his South of the River farm.

  • Roane fishing to rid lake of weed

    Fish could be used to try and combat the aquatic weeds that have inundated Watts Bar Lake.

    “It’s a grass carp that eats the weed,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “Apparently, they’ve been successful in some of the lower reservoirs down in Alabama. There may be a movement here to solve some of the aquatic weed problem with sterile grass carp.”

    Aquatic plants, such as hydrilla, spiny-leaf naiad and milfoil, have been reported on Watts Bar Lake.

  • Rockwood’s SWEET Christmas
  • Harriman man aims to feed downtrodden

    There will be plenty of room for the downtrodden and lonely at a special Christmas dinner at the Harriman Community Center from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17.

    Blake Kirkland, who is plugging along at opening The Open Door kitchen for the hungry at the former The Spot in downtown Harriman, is offering the meal with the help of other volunteers.

    “I am going to be serving turkey and dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, etc. So anyone wanting to cook and help it would be great,” said Kirkland.

  • Public gives Pirate Fest thumbs up

    The organizers of the Tennessee Medieval Festival saw some positive signs in their fall production, the 2016 Pirate Fest.

    “Our goal was to create an October festival that people would like and would help fund and promote our May festival,” said co-founder Barrie Paulson.

    “Last year, we tried a Halloween event. It was an evening family-oriented event, but it was difficult for us,” she continued. “It was expensive to try and light the great outdoors, and we had low attendance.”

  • Not all view the holidays as a joyful time

    The holidays can be stressful for anyone, but for people with depression, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s can destabilize and sometimes debilitate.

    Stress-related events, such as the holidays, may trigger half of all depressive episodes. The good news is that knowing how to avoid common triggers can prevent an episode from occurring.

    “A relapse-prevention plan is key,” said Dr. John Langlow, medical director of New Directions Behavioral Health. “You can do a lot to lower the risk of relapse if you plan ahead.”

  • Moffitt on track to be first Recovery Court grad

    Billy Moffitt’s journey through the judicial system was nearly finished when he decided to take a longer but potentially more beneficial route through the Roane County Recovery Court.

    Moffitt struggled with marijuana use, which he said invaded his daily life.

    “I was obsessed with it, basically,” he admitted late last month.

    “I was on probation for a little over three years and never passed a single drug screening.”

    The drug started taking up Moffitt’s day.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Gas tax the toll we pay for roads

    Nobody likes taxes. It seems they are always going up.

    What’s worse, most of the time it’s hard to understand the benefits we receive from the taxes we pay.

    When I hear about a tax increase, my first thought is that the increase will just go toward more government spending on things that don’t really matter to me.

    The exception might be the gasoline tax. The gas tax money collected by the state of Tennessee goes to fund the building of new and repair of existing roads and bridges that I use every day.