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  • THEN THE HEAVENS SHONE
  • Parker Pressley aims for the stars

    A Kingston resident is working hard to find his way on the road to country music stardom.

    Parker Pressley opened for Joe Diffie on Oct. 7 at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, and he was recognized as the Horizon Male Entertainer of the Year for the North American County Music Association.

    “It is just being in the right place at the right time,” Pressley said. “People will call it luck, but it is who you know.”

    Pressley likes country-music classic artists such as George Strait and Alan Jackson.

  • Kingston finally approves measure for septic users

    Kingston City Council members took the final step for STEP owners at their Oct. 14 session, approving a policy that will enable septic tank customers to use the city’s expanded sewer plant.

    STEP stands for Septic Tank Effluent Pumping; it refers to a system using single septic tanks with electric pumps.

    The city had placed a moratorium on such systems several years ago due to capacity issues at the treatment plant.

  • October Sky Festival
  • Harriman eyes projects for TVA money

    Harriman wants to use their TVA image repair funding to utilize marketing such as billboards, give their interstate exits a facelift and improve park facilities, too.

    Those are three of the items city officials hope to use the city’s $375,000 portion of public image repair money for. The money was given out through the Roane County Economic Development Foundation, which was established to distribute the funds doled out by TVA after the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Harriman to choose manager?

    \Harriman may finally make an offer to one of three candidates for Harriman city manager this week.

    The three candidates were interviewed on Oct. 7, and council and employees used a rating system to score each candidate on different criteria during the interviews. Kevin Helms, former city manager of Oak Hill, appears to be the frontrunner.

    “He’ll be good,” Councilman Ken Mynatt said.

    Mynatt said he liked his background and ideas.

    “He’s pretty sharp,” Mynatt added.

  • TVA gets thumbs up on cleanup

    TVA Inspector General Richard Moore has called himself the agency’s harshest critic, but he’s also not afraid to heap praise when warranted. His office does exactly that in a September report about TVA’s ash spill recovery project.

    “Our review found TVA has met, or is in the process of meeting, its commitments for the Kingston Recovery Project,” the report said. “Community leaders and regulatory personnel interviewed were satisfied with TVA’s actions to meet its commitments.”

  • Attorney suspended after guilty plea on sex charges

    Roane County lawyer Kent Booher had his law license suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court on Oct. 7. Last month Booher pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County Criminal Court.

    That was the reason his law license was suspended.

  • Rockwood man charged in bat-swinging foul play

    A Rockwood man is accused of attacking three people with a baseball bat.

    Johnathan W. Beard, 21, 109 Derrick St., was charged last week with three counts of aggravated assault that occurred on Oct. 4.

    Officer Blake Norman was called to Roane Medical Center for an assault that had taken place at 529 1/2 N. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood. Once there he spoke to Wesley Williams, one of the victims, who told officers that he had heard a knock on his door and found Beard standing on his porch.

  • Harriman takes tough stance on delinquent taxes

    Some Harriman residents might not like a new city approach to property tax.

    City officials are looking at tackling delinquent property tax offenders, and the measure they are considering is holding their own auction of property belonging to the most delinquent offenders. Harriman City Council will be discussing moving forward on a land sale at a special called meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

    “It is just way overdue in my opinion. I hope we can collect quickly or otherwise take the property over,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.