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  • Harriman considers business headhunters

    Harriman officials will decide in upcoming weeks whether to contract with a firm that specializes in hooking up prime locations with potential retailers.

    Retail Strategies, a Birmingham, Ala.-based consulting firm, wants to research Harriman’s offerings through demographics, traffic count and business analysis to develop a retail recruitment strategic plan.


    Teddy Lee Morton, a former mayor of Kingston and a public servant in many other roles, died Saturday after a battle with Parkinson’s disease.

    He was 77.

    Morton had served as a Kingston City Council member and also managed the city’s water and sewer departments. A graduate of Roane County High School, he later served on the Roane County School Board.

    He was an active member

    of First Baptist Church in Kingston and was involved in its summer mission work, despite his health issues.

  • Property assessor to speak to Roane County Tea Party

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan will meet with Roane County Tea Party on March 19.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.

    Morgan has agreed to discuss the present status of the reappraisal of property taxes in Roane County.

    “Mr. Morgan states that he will answer questions presented to him by citizens concerning the process to date,” said Gary Johnston, co-chairman of the Roane County Tea Party.

  • Delayed school start still possible

    Roane County Board of Education member Sam Cox hasn’t changed his convictions.

    Cox said at January work session that he doesn’t think the 2015-16 school year should start until a budget is set. Cox, who represents District 3/4, reiterated that earlier this month.

    “I wouldn’t want to have a teacher there and tell them they’ve got that job for that year, and then have to lay them off,” he said.

  • Storm brush piles may be put to good use

    The piles of snow are gone.

    The mounds of debris left after a succession of winter storms are still growing.

    Roane County Highway Department is making progress on cleaning up debris left after winter weather last month downed trees and power lines throughout the county.

    “We worked up till last Friday (March 6) basically around the clock,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson. His crews accrued $27,000 in overtime for the period, Ferguson added.

  • Youngsters get kick out of Kingston soccer camp
  • Girl hit by truck

    A 6-year-old girl was hit by a truck Monday evening on Old Valley Road.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the girl was flown by Lifestar to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville and later transferred to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

    “She was in stable condition the last thing I heard last night,” Stockton said.

    Stockton said a police report wasn’t available Tuesday morning.

    The incident happened around 6:30 p.m. Monday.

  • Rockwood Civitan serves those who served

    Rockwood Civitan honored city crews Thursday for their work during the snow and ice storms last month.

    Civitan members served them a warm lunch at Junior’s Restaurant — along with countless words of thanks and recognition.

    “We started to talk about the crews and the work they do, because it is a pretty thankless job,” said Civitan member Linda Coffey.

    “They were doing such a great job to make sure everyone was warm and safe.”

  • Kingston woman missing

    A Kingston woman was reported missing by her mother on March 7.

    Cara Treadway was in the Charleston, S.C., area visiting her boyfriend, Blake Drayton Barber, at 1880 Cherokee Rose Circle in the Dunes West subdivision, according to a release from the Mount Pleasant, S.C., Police Department.

    Her mother told police she last received an email from Treadway on Feb. 27.

    The email said Treadway felt lost and alone.

    Her mother said several of Treadway’s friends received the same message.

  • Citations over arrests reduces jail population

    The District Attorney General’s Office has been helping keep down the population at the Roane County Jail by issuing

    a directive to police officers that they can issue citations instead of making arrests for certain offenses.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson mentioned the directive at this month’s Roane County Sheriff’s Liaison Committee meeting.

    He said the offenses that could draw a citation instead of an arrest include driving on a suspended or revoked license, simple possession and possession of drug paraphernalia.