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  • Kingston waiting to replace McClure

    Kingston City Council will keep the late Kevin McClure’s seat open for one month before voting on an interim replacement, in a show of respect for the departed councilman.

    “I wanted to at least recognize Kevin’s service, let it be known that we will miss him,” said Kingston Mayor Troy Beets.

    “I felt it was the right thing to do. Leaving the seat open for one meeting will be our tribute.”

    Council decided on the waiting period at the Jan. 7 council work session.

  • Cook, Holiway first to file

    The first candidates seeking public office in the 2014 elections turned in their qualifying petitions Friday.

    Daryl Cook, a Roane County sheriff’s deputy and longtime area lawman, officially tossed his hat into the ring for Roane County Commission.

    Cook is seeking one of three seats open for District 2. Four other hopefuls have picked up petitions but hadn’t returned them as of 4 p.m. Friday.

  • Free firewood helps save money, gives a hand up

    Lottie McLean of Rockwood was one of many who took advantage of free wood Thusday through a distribution program set up by Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

    McLean said that this program was really going to help her family of five stay warm.

    “When you only have a Social Security income, it gets hard,” McLean said. “This is a blessing.”

    The wood being given away comes from storms and trees that need to be removed from roadways.

  • Lack of order may hold up tax relief

    The state law that provides relief from delinquent property tax penalties requires an order from a court finding TVA responsible for damage to an applicant’s property.

    There are questions about whether such an order exists.

    In August 2012, Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan issued an order that said nondiscretionary conduct on the part of TVA caused the ash spill in Roane County.

  • Pet owners anxious over lost dogs

    Several area boxers and Siberian huskies have popped up missing in recent weeks.

    Hannah Swint’s boxer mix Benny and her neighbor’s Siberian husky Willie have been missing since Thursday, Jan. 2, from the Harriman Hwy. homes near the split of Hwys. 27 and 61 north of Harriman.

    “I’ve called the shelter. I think they are getting annoyed with me, because I call every day,” Swint said.

  • Kingston library agreement ready for vote

    By MIKE GIBSON

    newsroom@roanecounty.com

    Kingston City Council members decided that a new library agreement, having been vetted by councilmen and library board members alike, is ready for a full council vote.

    Council placed the agreement on the agenda for its Jan. 14 session at its monthly pre-council work session.

    The agreement is the product of a new set of standards set forth by the state librarian’s office in 2013.

  • Soup’s On for Child Advocacy Center

    Kids First Child Advocacy Center’s ninth annual Soup’s On fundraising event will be Jan. 22 in Tellico Village Community Church Christian Life Center.

    Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., with dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

    Soup choices include the popular Blackfoot potato-sausage soup, a hearty vegetable soup, a chicken-based soup, a vegetarian soup and Hunter’s chili.

    Homemade breads and cookies will also be available.

  • Be more aware of dangers of radon exposure in homes

    January is Radon Action Month, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is educating Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure, encouraging actions to identify and to address radon problems in the home.

    The American Lung Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and various county health departments serve as partners in this outreach effort, designed to raise awareness about the health risk and the importance of testing.

    According to the EPA, Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors.

  • Big year for Chamber’s shopping spree

    Thanks to the overwhelming response from Roane County Chamber of Commerce members, this year’s Shopping Spree Contest provided even more cheer for the holiday season.

    Three winners were awarded an overall $1,000 in cash prizes during drawings at The Roane Alliance’s annual Christmas open house.

    Tammy Darland of Kingston won the $500 grand prize, and Jo Ann Jones of Harriman and Dennis Ellis of Monroe County each won $250.

    Single mother Darland was excited to hear she had won.

  • Freezing temperatures after math

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas workers had their hands full Wednesday repairing multiple water-line bursts around the city. A 6-inch main line break flooded some of North Gateway Avenue. Workers estimated the break happened during the evening hours, but they didn’t receive a call until morning.