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  • Troublesome waterline poses question

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Kingston City Council members are facing a tough question:
    Replace porous pipeline that may be no more than a nuisance in the water system, and incur a considerable burden of debt; or leave it be, and hope that occasional leaks don’t turn ugly.

    “I’m ambivalent about this because right now, it’s really in the category of an annoyance,” City Manager Jim Pinkerton said at a recent council session.

  • Kingston not giving up on grants

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets came back from the latest East Tennessee Development District session with less-than-encouraging news about the city’s prospects for obtaining civic improvement grants.

    Still, the mayor — who says he’s always on the lookout for “free money”—remains optimistic that Kingston can continue to find creative ways to apply for and earn grant monies even as state and federal sources become stingier in hard economic times.

  • Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
  • Miller's prison sentence takes meth addiction to a higher level: 'It's a curse'

    Anti-meth campaigns often point out effects the drug can have on the body, such as rotten teeth, premature aging and heart problems.

    For people who get caught up in the meth underworld, the drug can also have a profound effect on their freedom.

    Kristi Miller and her family know that all too well. In May of last year, a federal judge sentenced her to 20 years in prison on one count of conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

  • Sentence raises questions

    Rockie Elswick said he sensed something in the federal courtroom the day his daughter was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

    “I could tell from the demeanor of the judge that he didn’t want to give her 20 years,” Elswick said. “You could just tell.”

    Monica Pratt Raffanel, the communications director for Families Against Mandatory Minimums, said that’s not unusual.

  • Sewer rate hike looking certain for Rockwood

    It appears inevitable that Rockwood sewer customers will see an increase in the near future.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas has seen a struggling wastewater system for some time, including when it was announced by state officials last year that interdepartmental loans from the gas department to the water and wastewater systems were illegal and had to be paid back, culminating in a rate spike.

    While utilities officials discussed their finances recently, the wastewater system was shown to be operating at a $65,000 loss through January.

  • Utilities maintain city holding on to TVA funding

    Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas officials recently said the city still owes the utilities a substantial amount of money for water and sewer projects funded through TVA Foundation monies.

    The utilities have paid $48,843.50 on sewer lift stations, according to a spreadsheet presented by Kim Ramsey, utilities manager.

    The spreadsheet shows the city had paid $356,610.10.

    In total, the project was $405,453.60, slightly more than the $400,000 allotted for it.

  • 'I miss my mom': Son says prison saved Ray’s life

    For Melissa Ray, “Meth Destroys” is not just a slogan. It’s a painful reality.

    “I spent my life trying to build a family, a home and a decent life until one day I became a meth addict,” she said.

    “It consumed my life. I slowly watched my children and everything I worked for being taken away from me.”

    Freedom was one of the final things she lost.

  • Bingham new chief of staff

    The 2012-13 medical staff officers have been elected for Roane Medical Center, with Dr. Terry Bingham leading the team.

    Bingham is the new chief of staff of the Harriman hospital. He has practiced as a general surgeon at Roane Medical Center since July 1981.

    As chief of staff, Bingham serves as the principal elected official and will provide oversight and direction for all members of the medical staff.

    He acquires the position from past chief of staff Dr. Rodney McMillin, who fulfilled the role for nearly four years.

  • Roane County under tornado warning until 1 p.m. EST