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  • 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.  

  • Habitat back to home building

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity recently broke ground on its first home in more than two years.

    “It’s been two years in the making,” said Habitat for Humanity President and Kingston City Councilman John Byrkit. “We’re just so excited we could bust.”

    The last two homes were built in 2009 on Pine Ridge Road in Harriman. This new home, surrounded by others on Hope Circle in Kingston, will be the first of three the nonprofit, Christian organization will build for new partner families.

  • Honoring King


     

  • Kingston mistake meant lower tax bills

    A clerical error has cost the city of Kingston about $70,000 in revenue — and resulted in one employee being placed on administrative leave.
    Taxpayers, however, got a break in the mistake — one they will have make up for next year.
    When Kingston adopted its current budget, city council members approved a $1.0834 property tax rate per $100 assessed valuation. However, the rate that was sent to the state, as required, was $1.034, and that’s the rate that went out on property tax bills.

  • Auditors clarify Rockwood irregularities

    It wasn’t just a couple of mistakes that led to IRS penalties and interest for the city of Rockwood.
    Instead, the city had multiple penalties and interest, possibly 10 or more over the two-year period of 2009-2010.
    That led to almost $50,000 in fines, according to Suzie Jones Clay, vice-president at Daniels, Uselton & Clay, P.C., which did the city’s fiscal year 2009-2010 audit.
    One required report was filed more than a year late, Clay said.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Here’s some gold many of us could do without

    The menace has arrived.
    I first noticed the dusting of yellow powder on my dark red car Monday around lunch time.
    Pollen.
    Evil pollen.
    None of us should be surprised by the early emergence of the hay fever season, particularly with the nearly nonexistent winter we just closed the books on.
    Daffodils began blooming in January and flowering trees that usually flower first and then get leaves are flowering and leafing simultaneously this year.
    Hay fever sufferers are doing just that — suffering. You’ve seen them.