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  • Last of influential Browder brothers dead at 97

    Longtime businessman Rhea Browder, who with his brothers, Joe and Ed Browder, formed Harriman Oil Co. in the late 1930s amid the Great Depression, died Monday at 97.
    So pivotal was the role the family played in Harriman politics and business that a section is dedicated to them in the popular Walter Pulliam book, “Harriman: The Town That Temperance Built.”
    The historian and editor said this week he got to know the Browders well during his 30 years as a newspaper man in Harriman.

  • Hurley speaks

    Whether it’s the pride she takes in being a former Hooters waitress or the videotape of her encounter with state trooper Teresa Brown, state Rep. Julia Hurley has been making headlines across the state and even country this year.
    The Lenoir City Republican recently agreed to a request for a sit-down Q&A interview with Roane County News reporter Damon Lawrence.

  • ‘Free money’ for library had too many strings, officials say

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    In a time when many are searching under seat cushions for extra quarters, the city of Kingston looks to be turning down a big wad of bills.

    Officials want to reject a $150,000 grant from the Federal Rural Development Administration for improvements to the Kingston Public Library.

    At a Sept. 6 work session, Kingston City Council moved to draft a motion to withdraw its request for the grant, which was filed two years ago. The grant was unexpectedly received this past June.

  • Kingston triathlon deemed success

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Its biking and running legs notwithstanding, Kingston’s first-ever Storm the Fort Triathlon went swimmingly, according to Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross.

    “The main thing we wanted to do is to get people to visit our town, increase tourism and hotel and motel visitation, get people in the restaurants,” Ross said. “And since we focused it around Fort Southwest Point, we wanted to bring more attention the parks and to the Fort in general.

  • Clearing the way

     

    An employee with Galloway Construction in Sunbright adds brush to the shredder while clearing away an area on Patton Lane for an electric company last week. The employee did not want to give his name.

  • Clearing up the brush
  • Facebook posts cost Ellis seat

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis used Facebook to rally support against the property tax rate increases that were passed earlier this year. 
    That didn’t sit well with Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who didn’t recommend Ellis for another term on the budget committee.
    “Randy served, and he served well,” Woody said. “Randy did, however, try to rally a group for the public hearing on the blogs and Facebook, and I didn’t appreciate that.”

  • Earthquake danger still a question

    Is there an earthquake threat in East Tennessee?
    Robert D. Hatcher Jr. a University of Tennessee professor in tectonics and structural geology, said there is — but the level of the threat requires more research.
    “We don’t know what the level of hazard is. We think that at least magnitude 6.5 earthquakes have occurred in East Tennessee, not necessarily under Douglas Lake, or what is now Douglas Lake. It could have occurred anywhere. We just happened to find evidence out there,” Hatcher said at a recent conference in Oak Ridge.

  • Police Explorers program coming to Kingston

    The Kingston Police Department has launched a youth program that may help shape future officers.
    The new Police Explorers post will be chartered with the Boy Scouts of America.
    Matthew Sackett, the adviser for Explorer Post 376, is a former explorer himself.
    He has spent about a year and a half working in the reserves and getting the co-ed program, dedicated to young people aged 14-20, started in Kingston.
    The job wasn’t as easy as it may have appeared.  Sackett wrote bylaws and codes of conduct and gathered medical forms and waivers.

  • Gala to benefit old Roane Courthouse

    Interested in Roane County history? The place to be on Saturday, Oct. 1, is the newly restored courtroom of the historic Roane County Courthouse. 
    This year the Roane County Heritage Commission Gala in honor of the historic courthouse will celebrate the completion of the most recent phase of restoration work.