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  • Deal to expand Kingston park falls through

    Kingston City Council members received updates on some key city grant applications at April council sessions.

    And though the news wasn’t all good, the bottom line was that the city is still in hurry-up-and-wait mode.

    The bad news, said City Manger David Bolling, is the city’s plan to purchase a plot of land adjacent to the newly acquired Gertrude Porter Park fell through when officials couldn’t reach a mutually agreeable deal with a neighboring property owner.

  • State suspends Butler from practicing law

    After weeks of waiting, Harriman attorney Donice Butler finally received a verdict in her disciplinary case on Friday. 

    It wasn’t the decision she wanted. 

    “Based upon these findings of fact and conclusions of law, the Hearing Panel finds that the respondent (Butler) shall be suspended from the practice of law for a period of nine months,” the panel ruled. 

    Butler said she plans to appeal the decision. 

  • Keep it simple, take the prize

     

    Robotics projects took center stage at Midway Middle School last week, when engineers in the making showed off their skills in an after-school competition.

    Three teams of students put their robotics know-how to the test by designing parts on finished remote-control projects.

    The projects were made to simulate transportation of hazardous waste.

    The winning vehicle was also the simplest and cheapest. It pushed a faux toxic barrel — a medicine-bottle-sized object.

  • Proposed trail would showcase Harriman’s floral beauty

     

    Harriman Garden Club members have a new idea to showcase the beautiful areas of historic Harriman.

    Creating Harriman spring trails would start with things like getting community members and entities like the Harriman Street Department and Harriman Utility Board, schools and clubs to pick an area to help revitalize with spring flowers, shrubs, flowering trees and bulbs.

    “I think it is a good idea. We’ll talk to (club president) Jamie Russell and see what other plans she has for it,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt. 

  • Roane to seek more equitable part in Plateau Park tax funds

    Partnerships are OK, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said, “as long as they are equal.”

    Woody doesn’t see equality when he looks at Plateau Partnership Park, an industrial park venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties.

    “We didn’t do a good job of negotiating, it looks like,” Woody said.

    Each county borrowed $2.5 million for the industrial park project. The land is in Cumberland and Morgan counties. None of it is in Roane County.

  • Midway makes Prom Promise

    Midway High School’s Rebecca Stokes, donning a pair of drunk goggles, runs over cones while making her way through a driving course prior to the school’s prom last week. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition put on the program to make students aware of the dangers of alcohol. Students also signed a pledge to refrain from drinking and driving and other reckless behavior on prom night.

  • Poll workers poised for pay hike

    A resolution to increase the pay for election officials is on today’s Roane County Commission agenda. 

    If approved, the officer of elections, machine operators and inspectors would have their pay increased from $90 per day to $125 per day.

    The pay for the Democratic judge and the Republican judge would increase from $110 to $145. 

    “The reason for this request is to bring Roane County’s compensation rate in line with other adjacent counties,” the resolution said. 

  • Blood drives slated in OS, Harriman

     

    Medic Regional Blood Center is giving Roane County donors two opportunities to give blood at upcoming community drives.

    A Medic mobile unit will be at Oliver Springs Food City from noon to 6 p.m. April 18.

    Tennessee College of Applied Technology in Harriman will be the site of the second drive, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 21.

    Medic also has two donor centers that are open for public convenience. The donor centers are at 1601 Ailor Ave., Knoxville, and at 11000 Kingston Pike, Farragut.

  • Don White joins REU board

    STAFF REPORTS

    Kingston City Councilman Don White is now the first retiree from Rockwood Electric Utility to sit on its board.

    White, a longtime city councilman, was approved as Kingston board representative by the Rockwood City Council in late March.

    He replaces the late Kevin McClure as the Kingston City Council representative to the utility.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans believes REU retirees like him can be an asset to the board because of their knowledge of the utility.

  • Another delay in seven-year-old O’Neal murder case

    A missing key witness has delayed the Ralph O’Neal murder case.

    “We’ve had a subpoena out for her since Feb. 27,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said. “She has been nowhere to be found, despite almost weekly attempts to locate her.”

    O’Neal is charged with first-degree murder in the August 2007 death of Ronnie Dean Cofer. Reedy said Pamela Smith, the key witness, was with Cofer the night before his death.