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Local News

  • City puts 911 contract on hold

    Kingston City Council members deferred a decision on a 911 contract another month when questions arose as to which calls dispatchers would send to local responders.
    In the wake of an ongoing budget crisis with the county service, 911 director Mike Hooks asked local municipalities last year to pony up additional cash, on a graduated annual schedule, to make up for revenue shortfalls.
    Local 911 services are funded in large part by taxes on telephone landlines, and the advent of cellphones has drastically cut into that revenue.

  • Martial arts master True to form

    Isshin-ryu karate is one of the country’s most popular forms of martial arts, and Harriman’s Tommy True has stayed true to its teachings for 50 years.

    True, a grand master,  operates a school in Harriman, in his Trenton Street location for more than 30 years.
    “I have the oldest Isshin-ryu school in the state of Tennessee right now,” True said.
    With snowy white hair and a boyish grin, True doesn’t look like a dominating force in martial arts, but his dedication and skill are respected.

  • Mother-daughter fight charges dropped

    A mother and daughter who got arrested in February over an alleged fight had their cases disposed in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday. 
    Teresa Gail Andrews and her daughter, Ashley Gail Andrews, were charged with domestic assault.
    They must pay court costs, but each had her charge dismissed.
    The Andrews were arrested on Feb. 24.
    They had reportedly been together at Claudia’s Bar in Midtown  before the alleged altercation took place at an apartment they shared. 

  • CORRECTION

    An article in the Friday, Sept. 6 edition, listed the wrong day in the schedule for the Kids Cafe.
    The cafe actualy  feeds children Mondays at 5 p.m.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Heroes can be closer than you might think

    The color of the smoke coming from beneath the hood of a stranded motorist’s car caught Tommy Thompson’s attention.
    It wasn’t white, but gray.
    Thompson could see the driver inside, cellphone planted to her ear, as he passed the sedan on Hwy. 70 near Caney Creek.

    Thompson acted quickly, making a sudden U-turn. The West Roane County resident threw his pickup into park and charged up to the smoking car.

  • Boy, 13, to play at Tennessee Valley Fair

    A young up-and-coming musician from Roane County is scheduled to perform at the Tennessee Valley Fair on Saturday.

    Thirteen-year-old guitar-player Joey Pierce and his band, the Joey Pierce Project, will open for the Southern Drawl Band.

    “He’s like a 30-year-old trapped in a 13-year-old musically,” Joey’s mother, Monica, said. “I’m excited for him. I was really surprised they gave him the opportunity.”

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  • Vandy offers hope against bird flu virus

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center researchers are reporting in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that they were able to kill the deadly laboratory-created H5N1 avian influenza virus with human antibodies to the natural strain of H5N1.
     H5N1 avian influenza virus hasn’t transmitted from person to person in nature, only directly from birds to people. 

  • Former TVA official pleads guilty

    From STAFF REPORTS
    A former TVA vice president who made illegal investments in Iran pleaded guilty last week.
    Masoud Bajestani, 58, was charged in U.S. District Court with conspiracy, violations of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and the Iranian Transactions Regulations, making a false statement to a federal agency, international money laundering and filing false income tax returns.

  • HUB work may delay traffic

    From STAFF REPORTS
    Water and gas lines being moved and renovated on Pansy Hill may soon result in some traffic issues.
    Drivers may want to stick to Roane Street instead of taking the popular shortcut into the old part of town.
    Harriman Utility Board manager Bill Young said the utility recently had its pre-construction meeting.
    At times, he said, “we are going to have to shut down at least one lane on the bridge.”