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  • New city hall a dream come true

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Several onlookers remarked that it was “a good day for the city.”
    Longtime City Councilman Don White called it “all my dreams come true, right here,” adding that “we’ve got everything we need in place now.”
    And Mayor Troy Beets grandly pronounced it “a very historic day in Kingston.”
    They were all referring to the Aug. 21 closing on the Kingston Medical Plaza in Ladd Landing, soon to be transformed into Kingston’s new City Hall.

  • McClure DUI court date put off again

    The appearance of Kingston City Councilman Kevin McClure on a DUI charge in Roane County General Sessions Court has been rescheduled again, this time to Monday, Aug. 27, at 9 a.m.
    He was originally set to appear June 11, but that was rescheduled to Monday, Aug. 20.
    His attorney, Tom McFarland, was not reached for comment by press time.
    The general sessions affidavit said McClure was found unresponsive in the driver’s seat of his vehicle in the middle of Ladd Wright Road on May 22.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Morning darkness a good time to reflect

    It’s that time of year again when, as the days grow shorter, it is easy to wake before dawn. Today I have.
    I used to hate those mornings in my pre-coffee days. Now, staring into a mug of darkness as black as the scene outside my windows, I’m more reflective. I sip, and I think.
    This morning, I’m listening to James Taylor’s Carolina in My Mind, an old standby; a love song for a place.
    Taylor is a kind soul, and his gentle voice leaves me wistful but not sad.

  • Lawsuit over Ruby Tuesday’s mowing filed

    A property squabble with Ruby Tuesday in Harriman is now in the courts.

    Former attorney Gerald Largen has been going back and forth with Ruby Tuesday over the property he owns between the restaurant chain and Hwy. 27. He’s suing the corporation for $250,000.

  • Gala aids Roane treasure

    The Roane County Heritage Commission will hold its ninth gala in honor of the historic Roane County Courthouse on Saturday, Sept. 22.

    According to Mary B. Hines, chairman of the gala committee, a social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building in the center of Kingston with the program at 8 p.m. in our newly renovated courtroom.  

    A silent auction will include such items as a stays at regional hotels, tickets to local attractions, gift certificates to area restaurants and businesses, art pieces and collectibles.  

  • Armor-plated possums? Not quite

    While accompanying her father to a doctor’s appointment this summer, Annie Boyer of Oak Ridge spotted what she thought was a dead armadillo near the Midtown exit of Interstate 40.
    Her husband thought she was imagining things.
    “We just had a good laugh about it,” Boyer said. “But I know I saw what I saw. So I said I’m going back to take a picture of it.”

  • Autism can’t stop Amazing Jake

    Around Bowers Elementary School in Harriman, fourth-grader Jake Wray is known as “The Mayor.”
    The 9-year-old makes friends everywhere he goes and even has his own Facebook page, GetJakeWray1millionfans, which he has used to make friends from all over the world, including Russia, India and Germany.
    His sense of connection, including 785 Facebook fans, is  all the more remarkable considering he has autism, a disorder that stymies communication and social interaction

  • Armor-plated possums? Not quite

    While accompanying her father to a doctor’s appointment this summer, Annie Boyer of Oak Ridge spotted what she thought was a dead armadillo near the Midtown exit of Interstate 40.
    Her husband thought she was imagining things.
    “We just had a good laugh about it,” Boyer said. “But I know I saw what I saw. So I said I’m going back to take a picture of it.”

  • RSCC search narrows

    One of four finalists for president of Roane State Community College has withdrawn.
    Keith Cotroneo, president of Mountwest Community and Technical College in Huntington, W. Va., is no longer in the running.
    Those who remain are Christopher L. Whaley, vice president of Student Learning and chief academic officer at Roane State Community College; Elizabeth Lewis, vice president of Academic Affairs at Northeast Lakeview College in Universal City, Texas; and W. Michael Stoy, president of Middle Georgia College in Cochran, Ga.

  • Harriman officers honored

    Harriman Police Department patrolmen were honored for their heroism recently for their rescue of a young boy from a perilous spot.
    The officers saved the child, who was hanging from a small bridge over a flood-level creek at Baumgartner Road on July 20.
    Kasey Mynatt, Brian Turner and Ridge Richardson were on patrol when they were sent to Baumgartner about a child that was about to fall into flood waters.
    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said the officers waded into the creek, and with the help of an unknown community member, ,pulled the boy up to safety.