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  • Sewage plant changes will improve things for STEP users

    Kingston water board members have created steps for STEPs — and now city sewage customers can feel a little better about waste.

    A few years ago, having upgraded its wastewater treatment plant, the city of Kingston placed a moratorium on so-called STEP, or septic tank effluent pumping systems, because the plant lacked a receiving station to dispose of the waste from those systems.

    Now, with the recent wastewater facility expansion, Kingston has a receiving station. 

  • Church mouse prompts book

    Myra Humphrey heard a story that needed to be told when she learned the tale of how a mouse once got into the organ at Kingston First Baptist Church. 

    “The thought came to me ― had to be from God ― that the story is yours to write. My feeling was where did that come from? I’ve never written a children’s book. I came home. I put it on paper. My daughter (Melanie Scott) is a good artist, so I asked her about doing some illustrations for the book, which she did,” Humphrey said. 

  • Rockwood mayor says proposed new budget free of surprises

    Rockwood will be considering final passage of a fiscal year 2015 budget that includes a 5-cent property tax increase at its meeting Monday, June 9, at 6 p.m. 

    The property tax proposal would raise taxes from 95 cents per $100 valuation to $1 per $100 valuation. Other than that and a 2 percent raise for city employees, Mayor James Watts said there are few big items that a future administration would have to deal with.

  • United Way director familiar to many

    Dina Jackson has tackled grants and other projects while working for Harriman, but she’ll soon be leaving the city to take on a new role. 

    Jackson was named the new director of the Roane County United Way this week.

  • Schools again seek tax hike

    School system business manager Eric Harbin told the Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee to expect a request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.  

    “We’re still pretty much in the same spot as we were last year,” Harbin told the committee on May 27. 

    Last year, the Roane County Board of Education requested a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate. 

  • Kingston tries to recover damages from explosion

    Kingston officials are trying to put a cap on the longstanding expansion project at the city wastewater treatment plant.

    They’d like to see it finished without exceeding the $5 million budget they established at the outset.

    Problems set in more than two years ago, when a subcontractor doing some demolition-via-explosives inadvertently damaged an oxidation ditch. The damage extended the length of the project, and raised the specter of cost overruns.

  • Man dies in OS accident

    A fatal car accident on Hwy. 61 in Oliver Springs took the life of a Harriman man Saturday night.

    John E. Manis Jr., 57, was driving a 2000 Subaru Outback westbound on Hwy. 61 when a 1997 Chevrolet S-10, driven by a juvenile, crossed the center line and struck Manis’ car head on, Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said.

    The accident happened near the intersection of Cemetery Road.

    Police are not currently releasing the name of the juvenile.

  • Drummond humble, respectful but competitive on the court

    Roane State Raider Roderick (Rod) Drummond was often with the Gallaher family so it was no surprise he was riding with them on Friday night when he and Jadah Gallaher were tragically killed in a train collision.

    “He actually lived with the Gallahers,” said coach Randy Nesbit.

    Nesbit said the group had been lifting weights at the gym and were on their way home when the tragedy happened.

    He said he’s heard from faculty that noted the same maturity and wisdom that Nesbit noted in the young man.

  • Gallaher made everyone smile

    Jadah Gallaher left behind a lot of loved ones who remember her as a charming young woman, a passionate athlete with a warm smile for everyone and one who inspired Christian grace.

    The 18-year-old Roane State Community College Raiderette basketball player, along with Raider basketball player Roderick Patrick Drummond, 22, of Greenville, S.C., were killed and Darius Gallaher and Hunter Crass were injured when the car they were traveling in was struck by a train.

  • Witness recalls train crash

    An Oliver Springs man is likely the only eyewitness to the train accident that killed two Roane State Community College students and injured two other young people.

    “I thought, please hold up right there,” said Robbie Underwood, who saw the car ease up to the crossing before going into the path of the train.

    “In my mind, I know (the driver) didn’t see that train,” Underwood added.