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  • It’s time to celebrate tasty weed

    The organizers of the Polk Salad Festival in Harriman pride themselves on the event’s country fair feel.

    This year they’ve added two new old-time contests to the event on Saturday, May 12: a cross-cut saw competition and log toss.

    The cross-cutting contest will be where there is “one guy on both sides of the log cutting back and forth,” said David Webb.

  • Pig-smoochin’ encouraged here

     

    The Roane County Leadership Class of 2012 will be sponsoring a “Kiss the Pig” event at the Polk Salad Festival in Harriman May 12 to raise funds for a community service clearinghouse coming to Roane County.

    “The concept of a clearinghouse is an agency that will connect all of society together,” said volunteer and leadership class participant Jenny Tippens. “We’ve got the nonprofits, education, government, and faith-based community to where we’re truly connecting the need of the county to the resources.”

  • Aytes chosen to lead Roane schools

    The Roane County Board of Education left no doubt about who it wanted to become the next director of schools, unanimously selecting Gary Aytes during a Thursday special-called meeting that lasted about five minutes.

    “I think he deserves the opportunity,” Mike “Brillo” Miller said. “I think he’ll do a good job for our school system, and I’m tickled to death to be able to vote for Mr. Aytes.”

    The job opening attracted applicants from Florida to Massachusetts.

  • Kingston going for 9-cent hike on land tax rate

    If Kingston City Council approves the budget it revised in a Thursday workshop, it could cost city property owners less than originally anticipated.

    The budget that council members will set to a vote at the May 8 meeting doesn’t look a whole lot different from the one City Manager Jim Pinkerton originally presented in April.

    The biggest difference is the proposed property tax rate increase is 3 cents less than originally planned.

  • State grant big help in restoring historic Temperance Building

    One of the biggest concerns facing the Harriman Temperance Building has been stabilization.

    With the help of $25,000 in grant funds from the Tennessee Historical Commission, it will soon be dealt with.

    Gov. Bill Haslam announced last week that Harriman is one of 28 communities that grants to “support the preservation of historic and archaeological sites, districts and structures.”

    “It is the cornerstone of Harriman,” said Mike Demyanovich, a member of the Temperance Building preservation committee.

  • GOP candidate says Dem votes part of the past

    Kent Calfee is running as a Republican.

    However, if you look at his voting record you see a lot of “D’s” because he voted as a Democrat in the past.

    “A lot of people have changed parties over the years,” Calfee said. “Ronald Reagan did.”

    Calfee also invoked the name of  Chris Devaney, chairman of the Tennessee Republican Party, when questioned about his Republican legitimacy.

  • No signs of foul play in death of Kingston baby

    Authorities have ordered an autopsy on a 4-month old-boy who passed away on Thursday.

    “We’re going through procedures,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said. “When anything like that happens, even though the baby was born with medical problems, we still got to rule out certain things.”

    Police Sgt. Caleb Strayer and emergency personnel responded to 213 Franklin St., Lot 2, at about 4 p.m. on a call that the baby, identified as Madex McElhaney, was not breathing.

  • 2-year-old’s death under investigation

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office was looking into circumstances surrounding the death of a 2-year-old boy last week.  

    An autopsy was performed last Friday. No further details were available at press time.  

    “We’re still waiting on some stuff,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “I know it’s still an open case.”

    Stockton said investigators were planning to interview the parents.
     

  • Cowboy rides through Roane on national disease awareness trek

    A solitary cowboy meandered into Roane County last week as part of a cross-country trek to raise awareness for rare disorders of the immune system called Guillain-Barré syndrome and chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy.

    Johnny Warnshuis’ mother Sally is one of only a very few people to be diagnosed with the disorders. She’s recovering in Redding, Calif., after her diagnosis two and a half years ago.

  • Rockwood to talk utility finances today

    More talk about a refinancing and loan package for the Rockwood sewer system is planned during Rockwood City Council’s special-called meeting at 6 p.m. today, Monday.

    The estimated $3.2 million plan includes funding a $1.2 million project under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation grant and refinancing of some of the existing debt.

    Morgan Keegan representative Scott Gibson will report his findings on a city bond rating and what he thinks the loan interest rates will be.