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  • Kingston greenway bridge issues won’t change planned completion

    A subcontractor in the ongoing Ladd Greenway project nearly burned its bridges before building them by attempting to add a new design element at a substantial extra cost — well after prices and plans were a matter of record.
    Ladd project engineer Danl Hall explained to Kingston City Council members at the November work session that when construction firm Stethen Smith won the Ladd project with a low bid last year, they contracted with the U.S. Bridge Co. to build a pedestrian bridge as part of the three-part greenway.
    The contract was signed a year ago.

  • Assessor’s candidate charged with DUI

    A two-time candidate for Roane County property assessor has been charged over an alleged drunk-driving incident.
    Kingston police arrested Steven Robinette Friday night.
    He has been charged with DUI and violation of the implied consent law.
    According to the arrest report, police responded to the city park area after a caller reported a silver truck had “run out of the road several times.”

  • Leftover TVA ash funds assigned

    Roane County Schools will be allowed to use the surplus from its $32 million building program on more projects.
    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation met recently and approved the move.
    The foundation was formed in 2009 to disburse $43 million TVA made available to Roane County and its cities because of the fly ash catastrophe that occurred at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    Approximately $1.7 million was left from the $32 million the foundation approved for the school building program. 

  • Burglary at golf course rattles city

    A break-in at the Emory Golf Course in Harriman last week has officials thinking of getting cameras.
    Councilman Kenyon Mee said someone smashed the register and got a small amount of cash and drinks.
    “The new one is going to be around the $2,000 range,” Mee said of a register.
    Mee added that the  board had discussed a security system before.
    They are also considering going to a register that can do point-of-service transactions for debit and credit cards.

  • Local detective honored for his drug work

    Jason Mynatt’s resume just got more impressive.
    The detective with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office recently was named the Eastern District Narcotics Officer of the Year and the State Narcotics Officer of the Year at the Tennessee Narcotics Officers Association Training Conference.
    “It was an honor,” he said.
    Mynatt is a member of the Roane County Joint Drug Unit, which was named the Drug Unit of the Year at the conference.
    Rockwood Police Department detective Josh Rymer, a member of the unit, called the honor humbling.

  • Soldier for Germany in World War II talks of experiences, good and evil

    Unlike many former prisoners of war, German Army veteran Gerhard Hennes has fond memories of his time in captivity.
    A lieutenant in the Afrika Corps, Hennes spent two years in World War II POW camps — including a year at Crossville — after being captured at Tunisia in 1943 by the British.
    He said he ate well and was treated fairly by his captors, in stark contrast to how his own army dealt with the Russian prisoners he encountered in the autumn of 1941.

  • Kingston considers solar farm

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston City Council members went down to the farm recently and came back enthusiastic and ready to plant.
    Solar panels, that is.
    Mayor Troy Beets and Council Members Don White and Norm Sugarman visited a solar farm in Franklin, as part of council’s ongoing consideration of placing such an operation in Kingston.
    A solar farm is a dense collection of solar panels that produce electricity, which can then be used or resold at a profit.

  • Bojangles looking at Midtown

    Popular chicken fast food chain Bojangles is considering locating in Midtown.
    “Bojangles has submitted a subdivision and site plan for Midtown for Nov. 28,” said Harriman Building Inspector Maria Nelson.
    The Harriman Regional Planning Commission will be in special-called meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 5 p.m. to consider the plan.
    Nelson said the restaurant is considering locating the fast food chain next to Physicians Plaza on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

  • The vital issue Congress won’t address

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center of Congress
    With the elections over, Congress faces a full plate of tough issues when it reconvenes.
    There will be a lot of talk about fiscal matters, “grand bargains,” and sorting out party caucuses.
    But there’s one vitally important question we’re certain to hear nothing about.
    That is Congress’s own behavior — and more specifically, the behavior of its members.

  • Operation REACH funds way down

    Jane Ollis has been working with Operation REACH for more than 25 years. She said she remembers few years like this one.

    With less than three weeks to go before they take children shopping, Ollis said Operation REACH is well below its fundraising goal.

    “Our goal is $135,000, and we’ve got $28,800,” she said. “By this time, we normally have over half our goal.”