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    Instead of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Gov. Bill Haslam wants to use the federal money to purchase private health insurance for Tennesseans.
    He explained how his plan would work during an address before the General Assembly on Wednesday.
    “For the last several months I’ve been working toward a Tennessee plan for health reform — to change the way health care coverage looks in Tennessee,” Haslam said.

  • ‘No taxes’ offered to Midtown merchants

    City property taxes may not be quite the worry many Midtown residents thought it would be when battling Harriman leaders against annexation.
    “I can offer you no taxes,” Harriman City Councilman Buddy Holley recently told two Midtown business owners.
    Holley said he’s learned from Municipal Technical Advisory Service the city can offer a contract to residents of future annexed properties to either hold off on paying city taxes for a certain length of time or until the property is sold to another landowner.

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  • Accused killer released

    Accused killer Shawn Smoot was released from the Roane County Jail Tuesday morning on a $250,000 bond.
    “The parents inquired last week about wiring money to post a cash bond,” Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson said. “The money was received by wire transfer last Friday.”
    Paperwork wasn’t signed until Tuesday. Roane County Sheriff’s Assistant Beth Sams said Smoot left the jail at 10:03 a.m.

  • Gun team coach arrested

    Kirt Phillippi of Rockwood was a coach of the WSI-Oak Ridge team that won a national shooting competition in 2010.
    Last week, it wasn’t his marksmanship that interested Harriman police.
    Phillippi was charged with public intoxication on March 19 after police were called about a parking lot urination incident.
    According to police records, Officer Michael Cox was dispatched to Kroger on a report of an intoxicated man in the parking lot.

  • Levee work postponed for two weeks

    Scheduled highway lane closures for geotechnical work at the Kingston levee has been delayed by two weeks because of wintery weather conditions, TVA said.
    TVA has contracted to perform core drilling to assess the health of all 49 TVA dams as part of a continuous improvement campaign.
    Some of this work will be performed from Hwy. 70, affecting traffic flow.
    The drilling was supposed to have begun last Sunday, but will now instead begin on Sunday, April 7.
    One lane of Hwy. 70 in Kingston at the levee will be closed from 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Kingston employee gives railing decorative touch

    Some old wooden railings at the lakefront in Kingston presented a dangerous problem for the city.
    The fix not only shored up the structure, but provided a spirit-lifting work of art, as well as a nod to the many fishermen the water draws.
    Rick Ross, who heads Kingston’s parks and recreation department explained how the decorative new metal railing came about.
    “The other one was just rotting out, and we needed to replace it for safety reasons,” Ross said.

  • Jim Henry honored by Boy Scouts
  • Kingston moves on search for city manager

    Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton had already proffered his resignation from the post he’d held with distinction for some 12 years on March 13.
    A special- called meeting of city council on March 21 made it official.
    With a minor change in the wording of Pinkerton’s letter — with his approval, it was altered to say that he was “resigning for retirement” rather than simply “resigning” — council unanimously accepted his decision to step down as the city’s chief administrator.

  • Radios could be lifesavers

    When Kingston Elementary School’s Parent-Teacher Organization decided to raise money for two-way radios for each teacher, the response was surprising.

    Students brought in around $18,000 through donations and selling candy bars this year.

    “We had 420 students either donate or sell candy,” said Kristy Cantrell, PTO president.

    She believes the focus on safety in schools played a big role in the response from families.

    Cantrell said the group asked school personnel what a big need was for the school.