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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.

  • Fewer schools, more choices?

    Since the Roane County Board of Education doesn’t have the money to build a massive new high school, it will need the County Commission to pass a plan to cover the funding.

    There is no guarantee that will happen.

    “I personally do not think one high school would work,” District 1 Commissioner Darryl Meadows said. “Maybe on paper, but not necessarily reality. There’s too much travel time and too many natural barriers, such as rivers.”

  • LONG TIME COMING
  • Harriman man accused of child rape, kidnapping

    A Harriman man made his first appearance in court Tuesday, Feb. 21, on rape of a child and especially aggravated kidnapping.

    The Oct. 18, 2016 indictment said Michael David Russell, 57, 640 Margrave Drive, Harriman, Apt. 1, “did intentionally, knowingly or recklessly sexually penetrate” a child older than 3 but younger than 13 years of age on or about Feb. 3, 2014.

    A second count was related to the kidnapping, saying he unlawfully removed or confined the juvenile younger than the age of 13.

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  • Kingston eyes new fire truck

    Kingston needs a new fire truck.

    Fire Chief Willie Gordon discussed the matter with Kingston City Council members earlier this month at the group’s regular work session.

    He said there had been a need for a new truck for several years, and that the city’s newest truck is a 2005 ladder truck.

    “We try hard, train hard and need this truck,” Gordon said. “It would not benefit me or the firemen, but would give them a tool to work with.

  • Feds helping city smooth out Margrave

    The bridge on Margrave Drive isn’t the only new look coming to Harriman.

    City officials aim to see the street improved with the help of federal funds for roads.

    “We are looking at several phases of the project, but the priority would be beginning on Carter Street at the Roane Street intersection, going down to Margrave and then from Margrave over to Oakdale Hwy.,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.