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  • Luke Brandon 1925-2012: Rockwood guitarist’s death silences a lifetime of music

    Rockwood native and celebrated musician Luther Brandon lived a lifetime filled with music.

    The 87-year-old musician, who mostly played guitar, died Wednesday in Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

    He’d spent his lifetime making music with entertainers from Archie Campbell to Vince Gill, often going on the road with the biggest names.

  • New ruling may affect Kingston sewer grant plans

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston’s plans to use leftover grant funds from the Gallaher Road sewer project to fix other sewer line issues may have snagged due to policy changes, Kingston City Council members learned at the monthly February council session last
    week.

  • Wording discrepancy clouds fire chief issue

    Charlie Redwine wanted the five volunteer fire chiefs to have input on how the Roane County Fire Department spent money. The County Commission that created the department apparently wanted that as well. 
    “That way, everybody could share in the decision making,” former commissioner Mike Hooks said Wednesday.
    The commission unanimously approved the resolution that created the Roane County Fire Department on June 9, 2008. The powers and duties of the department were delegated to the Office of Emergency Services.

  • Harriman officials debate forgiveness

    Harriman City Council recently forgave a lien on a piece of property for a man who lived nearby and had been taking care of its upkeep. The man requested the forgiveness before he purchased the property.
    At the time, it made sense to officials, who appreciated that the city hadn’t had to take care of the property for so long.

  • Roane may have local state rep choice

    Kent Calfee, a former Roane County commissioner, is seeking the Republican nomination for the 32nd District House of Representatives seat.
    He addressed commissioners at their monthly meeting on Monday.
    “If I’m elected, I’ll certainly be in Nashville to work for you all,” Calfee said. “If you have some bills that need to be carried down there, I will certainly do that.”  
    Calfee said he served on the commission from 1986-2006.

  • Harriman OKs dorm-style living

    Allowing boarding houses in Harriman C2 zoning may have been halted last month, but the issue came up again this month, and was approved. Councilman J.D. Sampson was the lone vote against second and first reading this month.
    The issue, which seemed dead in January, went back before the Harriman Planning Commission and was approved to be returned to the Harriman City Council this month.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Decisions, decisions ... choices are too many

    “It seemed like a good idea at the time.”
    That’s a Paul Newman quote from the movie Cool Hand Luke. It is tangentially relevant to my column today  about my expanded movie-watching capabilities.
    When I decided to stream Netflix to my TV, it did seem like a good idea at the time.
    There are whole summers where my television is never turned on, but in the bleakness of winter, I actually enjoy curling up on the sofa to watch a few shows.
    And for less than $10 a month, the Netflix streaming option seemed like a good deal.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: History doesn’t back up deficit/debt claims

    You have heard, gentle reader, voice after voice from the all segments of the right, whether regular Republican, TEA Party, Evangelical radical right wingers, or establishment country club type conservatives, all singing the same song of impending national disaster if something isn’t done immediately, if not sooner, to get rid of the national debt and budget deficit of this great country.

  • Post-proposal: How to merge your finances

    Valentine’s Day is the biggest day of the year for proposals, and while all engaged couples dream of marital bliss, money is often the number one topic of conflict in marriage and a leading cause for divorce.

    The nonprofit agency CredAbility recommends that as couples mull over which china to select, where to honeymoon or even where to live, they also talk about their current financial situation, future financial goals, and attitudes toward spending and saving.

  • Harriman man’s custom car goes from movie to museum

    A Harriman man’s 1953 Cadillac convertible used in The Last Ride, the movie about the final trip of famed country singer Hank Williams Sr., may recently have seen its own last ride.

    The vehicle has gone to a museum in Gatlinburg that showcases famous cars.

    The pale blue Cadillac, which looks identical to the late singer’s prized vehicle, was customized by Rex Walls. It is now at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

    It shares company with  vehicles used in movies such as Batman, Back to the Future and the television show The Munsters.