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  • Kingston’s A1 debt rating highest possible

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The cost of a new Kingston City Hall will be thousands of dollars cheaper — as will the annual tally of the rest of the city’s debt — thanks to the foresight of Kingston City Council.
    In November, Council moved to apply for an issuers rating from Moody’s Investors Service, at a one-time cost of $5,100 dollars.
    For the relatively small cost, the move offered Kingston the opportunity to save significantly on current and future loans should it receive a high rating from the firm.

  • New policy bans pets at courthouse

    Pets won’t be permitted in the Roane County Courthouse under a plan Sheriff Jack Stockton is crafting.
    “We’re going to go by what the law says, and it looks like service animals are going to be the only animals that are going to be permitted into the courthouse,” he said. “All of them that fall under the Disability Act.”
    The situation is under review after state Rep. Julia Hurley took her Chinese crested into the courthouse. 

  • Massengill still deciding on school board

    As of Tuesday morning, Everett Massengill was not among the people the Roane County Election Commission had identified as candidates for the Aug. 2 election.
    Massengill represents District 7, the South of the River area, on the Board of Education.
    Earlier this year, Massengill said he would not seek another term.
    District 1 Board Member and former Rockwood mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he was trying to get him to reconsider.
    On Monday, Massengill said he was still pondering the situation.

  • Kingston YMCA has been long-sought-after project

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    If Kingston’s newly proposed YMCA project seems like a surprise, Mayor Troy Beets said it’s only because you haven’t been paying attention.
    “We’ve been working on bringing in a YMCA for years and years,” said Beets, noting that the city has been close to getting a facility on occasions past. “It’s a surprise to some people, but it didn’t happen overnight.

  • Little Bit gets a whole lot of protection
  • Champagne songstress
  • ‘He treated her horrible’

    Vickie Nevels doubts the Milford Barnett murder trial will go forward as scheduled on Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court.

    She has good reason to be skeptical.

    Barnett, her younger half-brother, is accused of killing their elderly mother, Pearl Barnett. It’s been nearly five years since Pearl Barnett’s death, and Nevels has seen the trial postponed several times.

    “It’s been horrible for me these past five years,” she said.

  • Party fit for a Princess

    Harriman’s Princess Theatre opened its doors to the public for a grand unveiling Thursday night after being closed since 1999.

    “It’s a good day for Harriman; there’s no question,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    With the marquee lit up, folks presented their tickets and poured into the newly renovated theater to enjoy a night of entertainment.

    “I’m very excited,” proclaimed an anxious Mayor Chris Mason just before the rising of the curtain.

  • New regs take aim at pain facilities

    Rockwood officials would like to ban pain management clinics and the troubles often associated with them.

    “The problem is that you can’t take an otherwise legitimate business that is not intrinsically illegal and say you cannot locate anywhere in the city of Rockwood,” said Sandy McPherson, who is acting as city attorney.

    “The state took the initiative and provided that there would be very stringent regulations as to how those things would be operated,” he added.

  • Beating suspect named

    From staff reports

    Kingston police have a suspect in the severe beating of a city resident.   

    Adam Dwayne Phillips was arrested in Knox County last week. He faces several charges in Knox County, including theft, evading arrest, DUI, driving while revoked, possession
    of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest.  

    Knox County jail records also said Phillips had a hold placed on him for aggravated robbery in Roane County.