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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.

  • 25 YEARS & COUNTING

    Nothing is wasted at the Clothes Closet in Kingston.

    “A lot of missions come out of our mission,” explains Kay Catron, director of Kingston United Methodist’s Church’s program, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    “We use everything. Toiletries [can] go to the homeless shelters or battered women’s shelters, comforters and sheets can be sent to area animal shelters, [old] blue jeans and other material we can’t use, can be used in quilts, so we donate it to one of our volunteers who quilts.

  • City said to be in ‘fact-finding stage’ for new Kingston Pointe

    “The ball is in his court.”

    That’s what Kingston City Manager David Bolling said about Jerry Duncan Ford President and General Manager Marty Duncan, who is proposing to develop Kingston Pointe, a 42-acre tract just off Interstate 40.

    In December, Duncan presented a tentative outline of Kingston Pointe to Kingston City Council during a work session.

    Kingston Pointe would be anchored by the car dealership’s relocation from Harriman and would include additional retail space for other businesses.

  • Baby starts treatment for tumor

    Kayden Christopher is only 6 months old, but he has already brought together the community around him and his family.

    If it were not for the shunt in his head, the sweet-natured child would not show obvious signs of the brain tumor that is threatening his life.

    However, the tiny youngster is now blind and fighting for his life, and his family have turned to their faith in God and prayers that the chemotherapy they are attempting will save his life.

  • Referendum mulled for Harriman sales tax hike

    From staff reports

    Harriman officials are considering a sales tax increase referendum to be placed on an upcoming ballot.

    The item is on the Harriman City Council agenda for discussion and possible action.

    The Council meets in regular session at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Harriman Municipal Complex.

    Earlier this year, Council members discussed ways to generate additional revenue to support city services.

    One idea was to approach residents to raise the sales tax rate, which would require a referendum put to the city’s voters.

  • Many show up for Islam talk; Aytes says schools not promoting religion of any kind

    A large crowd showed up at the Kingston Community Center Thursday night to hear Craig Honeycutt’s presentation on Islam in Tennessee schools.

    He said Islam was taught at his daughter’s middle school in Bristol.

    “I sat my daughter down and I said, ‘Honey, what do you want to do?’” he said. “Do you want to take the class, or do you want to take the zero?”

    Honeycutt said he was surprised when his daughter told him she wanted to take the class.

  • Fruit trees focus of Master Gardener winter workshop

    Master Gardeners of Roane County will have its annual winter workshop from 9 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 20.

    The workshop will focus on fruit tree management. David Lockwood, University of Tennessee state fruit and nut specialist, will discuss growing fruit trees, grafting of fruit trees and proper pruning of fruit trees.

    There will be classroom time with Lockwood as well as hands-on grafting of apple trees.

    A day filled with education, grafting, lunch and door prizes is planned.

  • Fiesta Time Grill offers family-friendly dining

    A new source of tacos, burritos and other tasty South-of-the-border fare is coming to Rockwood.

    Fiesta Time hopes to be open today, Monday, and will be offering a variety of items at its location in the former Radio Shack storefront in Tyler Pointe shopping center.

    “Everything is going to be fresh — produce, meat,” said co-owner Jaime Ayala.

    “Everything is going to be cooked to order.”

    They hope to create a family-oriented atmosphere and want customers to feel welcomed like a special guest.

  • Hickman appointed city clerk of Oak Ridge

    Beth Hickman has been appointed Oak Ridge city clerk.

    Hickman formerly served as field representative for former Congressman Lincoln Davis in Rockwood. She previously was an executive assistant with The Roane Alliance.

    “Beth has been an Oak Ridge resident for many years and is familiar with the intricacies of our community,” Oak Ridge City Manager Mark Watson said.

  • Woman charged with firing gun during dispute

    A 59-year-old woman was arrested on Jan. 31 for allegedly firing a gun during a domestic incident.

    Sharon J. Tinker, 1313 Mountain View Road, Rockwood, is charged with aggravated assault and reckless endangerment with a weapon involved.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Edwards was dispatched to Tinker’s address to investigate a report of a domestic involving a firearm.

    He said he spoke with Tinker when he arrived.