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  • Noisy compression brakes get muffled by Kingston

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    After some wheezing and squealing — much like the target of their legislation — Kingston Council members hope they’ve finally found a way to bring renegade jake brakes to a grinding halt.

    Council members passed an ordinance on second reading that regulates the use of the Jacobs Engine Brake, a braking system used in long-haul trucks, at last week’s city council meeting.

  • Harriman change allows dorms

    Dormitories and boarding houses may soon be allowed in Harriman’s C2  commercial zones.

    That includes the downtown area, which already has living quarters inside many buildings.

    Harriman City Council last week approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the change.

  • Christmas at Whitestone

    Chris Nance chops mint for curry Waldorf salad while cooking for an event at Whitestone Country Inn Monday afternoon. Decorations and the aroma of holiday food filled the atmosphere during the last week of Advent.

  • Rockwood’s Hines changing hats

    Not quite done in Rockwood, outgoing city recorder Jim Hines has already gotten some temporary work in another city.

    He’ll be filling in at Harriman, where he was building inspector at one time, while current building inspector Maria Nelson is out for surgery.

    Nelson is taking several weeks off for the recovery, and Mayor Chris Mason said she decided to do so without pay or using any sick time.

    “I advised her not to, but she is. She recommended we use Jim Hines to fill in for her,” Mason said.

  • Ladd Landing developer among new TVA ash lawsuits

    TVA continues to find itself the subject of lawsuits over the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill.

    The most recent was filed Monday by Ladd Landing developer Matt Caldwell of Kingston. Parties to the lawsuit also include businesses and people who own property in the development.

    The lawsuit seeks compensatory damages “in an amount that fairly compensates plaintiffs for their various damages and losses, together with interest and costs.”

  • McGriff announces retirement

    The time has come for the Roane County Board of Education to search for a new director of schools. Board Chairman Sam Cox received a letter from current director Toni McGriff, informing him of her intentions to retire at the end of the fiscal year.
    “I want to give the board time to do what they need to do,” McGriff said.
    The board hired McGriff in 2005. She’s received two contract extensions during her tenure, with the most recent coming last March for one year.

  • No plans to prosecute for audit finding

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson does not plan to prosecute anyone for an audit finding in the Roane County Road Department.
    State auditors discovered a road department employee asked a vendor to change the date on an invoice for diesel fuel. By changing the invoice date, the $22,766.24 purchase was inappropriately expensed in the 2011-12 fiscal year on the county’s accounting records instead of the 2010-11 year, when the purchase was actually made. 

  • Hurley supports Roane’s stand on Sunshine Law

    State Rep. Julia Hurley hasn’t always agreed with the Roane County Commission.
    However, the Lenoir City Republican said she supports the county solons when it comes to the Sunshine Law.
    “I think the way that it is right now is fair to the voters,” Hurley said. “I think it’s fair to the public.”

  • Conflict of interest reason Simon not reappointed to zoning commission

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    What looked to be a run-of-the-mill reappointment took a strange twist when Kingston Council failed to re-up Celia Simon for another five-year term on the Historic Zoning Commission on Dec. 13.

  • Annexation on Harriman officials mind

    Harriman officials disagree on whether to proceed with annexing the Emory Gap and Childs Memorial areas.
    Councilman J.D. Sampson, who has been pushing for annexation to grow the city and potentially its coffers, believes it’s plausible because both these two areas of the county are surrounded by the city limits already.
    “I make a motion now to put Emory Gap and Childs Memorial on notice. We’re turning it over to the planning commission to draw up a plan of service,” Sampson said.