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  • Kingston finance committee plan steams ahead

    Kingston City Council members took a step toward increased fiscal oversight at the August full council meeting — approving on first reading an ordinance that would establish a financial review committee to act as a liaison between council and city financial planners.
    The proposed ordinance provides for the committee to consist of two council members plus the city manager and the city finance officer, assisted by one administrative staff member. The council members would be appointed by the council, and serve for the duration of their council terms.

  • Marina owner’s woes pile up

    Legal troubles continue to haunt Bayside Marina owner Alan Schneider.
    With criminal charges pending in Roane County over an altercation, he also is a defendant in lawsuits filed locally. 
    On Aug. 15, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined him $18,480 for violating the state’s Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Act.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Remembering Momma — Martha M. McGlothin

    Some time back, it occurred to me that this year, 2013, would see the hundredth anniversary of the birth of my mother, Martha Mac McGlothin.
    And since I had chosen to honour her and my father, John Roy Largen, in naming the McGlothin-Largen Park, I thought that people might like to know something about the life and times of these two honourees.

  • Harriman downtown success?

    At least two of 14 city-owned  downtown Harriman properties may soon be sold to prospective owners.
    Proposals have been accepted by the Harriman Industrial Development Board for 307 and 319 Devonia St., and contracts are being worked out for sale.
    “They are in negotiation,” said board member Bill Alexander. “Hopefully, we’ll get more. I keep hearing this one is interested and this one is interested.”

  • Drennan charge dropped

    The felony reckless endangerment charge against Amelia E. Drennan, a Roane County Schools teacher, was dismissed on Aug. 2.
    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Drennan is back with the school system.
    “She is a special ed teacher at Midtown Educational Center,” he said.
    Drennan was at Oliver Springs High last school year. Aytes said it was a “mutual decision” for her to transfer to Midtown for the 2013-14 school year.

  • Good reports for Kingston

    Vaughn and Melton engineers brought good news at a recent Kingston City Council meeeting.
    They reported on a nearly finished greenway and a sewer project set to launch into its second phase at the August council sessions.
    According to reports, the Tennessee Department of Transportation has performed its walk-through inspection of the Ladd Landing Greenway, necessary for the final sign-off on the project.
    In the meantime, Mayor Troy Beets, City Manager David Bolling and Tim Clark of the public works department have also done a final inspection of their own,.

  • Housecat? Uh, no
  • Communication breakdown at news offices

    Roane County News recently underwent a full upgrade to its phone system.
    This week is the first full week under the expanded system. While the new system offers increased flexibility and reliability, it has had its bugs.
    We ask our customers to be patient as we work with our vendor to straighten out these problems.

  • Cleanup employees sue

    A federal lawsuit related to TVA ash spill cleanup was filed against Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. in U.S. District Court on Thursday.
    According to the lawsuit, one of the company’s duties was to provide safety for workers at the Kingston Fossil Plant site.

  • New flag pole