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  • Kingston leaders revisit rules on electronic signs

    Kingston is considering amending its sign ordinance to include guidelines regulating electronic signs.

    City Council unanimously passed on first reading Tuesday an amendment to existing ordinances covering signs, billboards and other advertising structures.

    The current ordinance doesn’t regulate these types of signs, but doesn’t expressly forbid them, either, City Manager David Bolling said.

  • Motorcycle crash victim under hospice care

    From staff reports

    The family of a man who was injured in a motorcycle accident last week said he is now returning home under hospice care.

    Natasha Muir-Jackson said her brother, Paul Brandon Peck, was able to go home because the brain swelling had diminished some. Time will tell if permanent damage was done.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol report said Peck, 30, of Harriman was injured on River Road around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.

  • Vehicular homicide convict again arrested for intoxication

    The man convicted of killing a volunteer firefighter in a 2007 car crash was arrested again last week.

    Bryan Keefe Howard is charged with public intoxication in a Sept. 5 incident.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy James Riter responded to Midtown Auto Sales to investigate a report of a man passed out in a vehicle.

  • Berry back at helm of Commission

    Ron Berry will serve another year as chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    He was re-elected by a 9-6 vote over James Brummett during Monday’s meeting at the courthouse.

    Commissioners David Bell, Peggy Collier, Benny East, Todd Fink, Junior Hendrickson, Chris Johnson, Darryl Meadows and Stanley Moore voted for Berry, who also voted for himself.

    Commissioners Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson, Carolyn Granger, Mike Hooks and Steve Kelley voted for Brummett, who also voted for himself.

    Berry addressed his colleagues after the vote.


    Roane County residents are diving into a nationwide trend, painting and hiding colorful rocks around the community to spread a little sunshine in someone’s day.

    One of those groups is #RockinRoaneCo. Many of the residents at Renaissance Terrace paint rocks found around Roane County for this group.

    “We took them to Roane State the first time, then down to Rockwood,” said Nancy Isabell while painting another masterpiece.

    “They find them and take pictures of them.”

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  • TVA signs warns ‘Do not breathe dust’

    Signs at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant warn about dangers of fly ash.

    “I checked again and you are correct, there are signs posted ONSITE now for a number of materials including hydrogen gas, ammonia, diesel and for handling of fly ash,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said.

    “The sign you sent us is for fly ash.”

    More than 5 million cubic yards of ash was released into the environment when a dike failed at the fossil plant on Dec. 22, 2008.

    The cleanup, which cost more than $1 billion, was completed in 2015.

  • Tennessee voter registration a mere mouse click away

    Registering to vote just got easier in Tennessee.

    Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett officially launched the state’s new online voter registration system last week at Roane State Community College’s main campus between Harriman and Rockwood.

    “This system meets people where they already are: online,” Hargett said. “It will improve accuracy and efficiency for voters and election officials by ensuring there are fewer errors and more accurate voter rolls.”

  • THE BEAT IS ON: Vitatoe, Yoshimura show policing a career for all ages

    Logan Vitatoe didn’t expect to assist on a homicide scene on his first day in law enforcement.

    But that is exactly what happened.

    “I didn’t know what to expect really,” admitted the soft-spoken 19-year-old Rockwood native. “It was kind of 100 things thrown at me at once.”

  • Class takes aim at born drug addicts

    The number of babies with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome born to Roane County mothers troubles Judge Dennis Humphrey. Earlier this summer, he started holding a class in his courtroom to bring awareness to the issue.

    “We’re hoping to reduce the number of children born that are drug exposed,” he said.

    Roane County Health Department Director Laura Connor said Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, also known as NAS, is caused by mothers who abuse drugs during pregnancy.