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  • Kingston fireworks postponed until July 13

    Kingston fireworks have been postponed until Saturday, July 13.

    Though attempts were made to have other events, such as the raft race and watermelon-eating contest, torrential Fourth of July rains forced those to also be postponed until July 13.

    Boat races have to finish today, said Joyce Lewis, executive assistant with the Kingston City Manage's Office.

    "Will try to happen on schedule, but may happen when any breaks in rain occur," she said. "Water needs to be as calm as possible for them to race."

  • Kingston's Wednesday parade canceled; fireworks decision to be made Thursday morning

    Wednesday night's Fourth of July parade in Kingston has been canceled due to rain.

    According to Kingston officials, a decision on the Fourth of July fireworks display will be made at a 7 a.m. meeting Thursday.

  • Firework stands stocked for the fourth
  • County continues to fund nonprofits

    In addition to the budget, the Roane County Commission will also be voting on a resolution allocating $137,850 to nonprofits for the 2013-14 fiscal year. 
    “It’s a drop in the bucket compared to the whole budget,” Commissioner Bobby Collier said. “It’s something we’ve been doing for years.”

  • Justice remembers loss to Cooley

    Sharon Lee still has vivid memories of coming to Roane County to try a case as a young lawyer many years ago.
    “Polk Cooley was on the other side,” she recalled. “Anybody want to guess how that case turned out for me?
    “He beat me like a drum.”

    Despite her loss to Rockwood’s legendary attorney, things still worked out well for Lee.
    The Madisonville native was appointed to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 2008, and she remains a justice on the state’s high court today.

  • Butler ready for disciplinary hearing

    Harriman attorney Donice Butler said she’s ready to defend herself against the allegations that she wronged clients.
    That chance could come this month.
    “I’ve never been afraid of facing my accusers,” she said.
    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, filed a petition for discipline against Butler in May 2012 after some of her former clients accused her of wrongdoing.

  • Rockwood wastewater work to begin soon

    State-mandated improvements at Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas utility’s  wastewater plant are moving forward.
    The project, which includes the addition of oxidation ditches and other measures, has been pushed back numerous time. The last delay involved  unexpectedly high bids.
    Utility manager Kim Ramsey said she expects a notice to proceed from the state on July 15. Work may begin that day, she added.

  • Database could help the helpers

    Nonprofit organizers looking for funding help can now start their search at Harriman city hall.
    The city isn’t writing checks, but the building is home to computers where people can, for free, search the Foundation Directory Online, an online funding research tool created by the Foundation Center.

  • Boys and Girls Club nears start

    Advocates of a Boys and Girls Club in Roane County are still passionate about their cause.
    They hope to see the beginnings of a club soon, too.
    “Our goal is to have a club in either Rockwood Middle School or Harriman Middle School by the middle of December,” said Sarah Stevenson, board development chair of the Roane County Boys and Girls Club. “It is a goal. We don’t have any money yet. We are going to have a founder’s campaign.”

  • Selling the Boom

    Wayne Lewis has been selling fireworks for the past 10 years in Roane County. Louie's Fireworks is located at Swamp Pond and Highway 70. Lewis and his wife, ReGennia, started selling fireworks for their children.
    "It's a family thing, we don't try and make a lot on our fireworks," Lewis said, "Just something we love to do together."
    Lewis and his wife stay at their location throughout the night to keep an eye on things. Having a bed, coffee machine, microwave and potable toilet help make the nights easier.