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  • Concert aims to help school system

    This weekend, two Harriman High School alumni will team up with their bandmates to support the local school system.

    Hillbilly Jedi will be at the Princess Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. The band includes Steve Collins and Mark Ray, both of whom graduated from Harriman High School in 1977.

    “I just hope it is going to be a lot of fun. We have been excited ever since we found out we were going to get to do it. We are going to see people we haven’t seen in a long time,” said Ray.

  • Tax problems close Big E’s

    Several Roane County businesses belonging to Rockwood’s Eddie Lee have been seized by the state for allegedly failing to pay state taxes.

    Signs on the closed businesses popped up this week. They read: “Warning: Tennessee State Government Seizure, This property has been seized for nonpayment of Tennessee state taxes by virtue of a levy issued by the Department of Revenue, Tax Enforcement Division .... All persons are warned not to remove or tamper with this property in any manner.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The pros and cons of Keystone pipeline stated

    Last week’s column was, as the constant reader knows, the annual pre-Thanksgiving publication of Dr. Martin Rywell’s versionn of the traditional Tennessee Apple Stack Cake.

    In that column we make mention of the fact that Dr. Rywell was married to one of the Stone girls, of the Stone’s Department Store family.

  • State worried about reappraisal

    Many Roane County residents considered the 2010 property reappraisal a disaster.

    Now the state is raising concerns about the next one, coming in 2015.

    The state is worried that the Roane County Property Assessor’s office may not be capable of completing the 2015 reappraisal on time.

    Don Osborne, director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments, expressed his doubts in a Nov. 10 letter to Property Assessor David Morgan.

  • Schools look for better in new state commissioner

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes has a list of traits he’d like to see in Tennessee’s next education commissioner.

    “I’d like to see one that’s a good communicator and one that just really stands for public education,” Aytes said. “If they will do that, we’ll be in good shape.”

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced last week that Kevin Huffman, the current education commissioner, is stepping down to move into the private sector.

  • Four charged with DUI

    With a flurry of winter holidays on the horizon, celebrations can carry over onto the roadways.

    With that in mind, Rockwood Police Department and Tennessee Highway Patrol had a multi-agency sobriety checkpoint Friday night.

    About 400 vehicles came through the North Gateway Avenue and Delozier Lane checkpoint that was sponsored by the Governors Highway Safety Office. Out of five arrests made, four were DUIs.

  • Property owners contend sewage leaks ruined land

    The town of Oliver Springs has been hit with a $1.9 million lawsuit over its wastewater treatment plant.

    Plaintiffs David J. Chamblee Sr., Sally Chamblee Lovin and Willa M. Chamblee Humphreys allege sewage from the plant routinely flows on their property at 331 Bennett Road.

    That amounts to a taking of the plaintiffs’ property by the town without just compensation, the lawsuit alleges.

    The lawsuit was filed in Roane County Circuit Court on Monday.

  • Midway students get meth lesson
  • Kingston run-in with the law literal, ends in DUI charge

    A Kingston patrol car was damaged in a crash off the Interstate 40 Exit 352 ramp.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said a driver traveling the wrong way up the exit ramp late Saturday night struck the patrol car driven by Nate Wilson.

    Washam said Amanda Rochelle Endsley, 25, of Kingston, was almost to the interstate and would have been traveling east in the westbound lanes if she’d not hit the crusier.

    “I hate we lost a car in it, but I’m glad she didn’t make it to the interstate,” Washam said.

  • Help feed others at holiday

    Hundreds of people who might otherwise go hungry enjoy the traditional fare of Thanksgiving thanks to the efforts of Kingston Police Department and Hands of Mercy Food Bank.

    “It is a whole lot of work, but it is all worth it,” said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    This year, 800 Roane County families will be fed thanks to the annual food drive, which is in its sixth year.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 26, cars will line up along Hwy. 70 as they make their way to Kingston City Park, where the food is distributed.