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  • Natural Tomboy takes off

    Melissa Stephens has an affinity for all-natural things, and she has turned that into a thriving business.

    In 2004, Stephens was talking to her children about the chemicals in the skin products they use.

    Her eldest, then 10, said they should start a company of preservative-free products using native plants found around them.

    Shortly after, Tomboy Organic Skincare Co. was born.

  • Mysterious pothole angels earn Kingston resident’s respect

    Some teenagers’ goodwill touched a resident of Kingston’s Woodhaven subdivision.

    F.R. Reed said he saw three young people fixing a large pothole on Dogwood Drive, near where it intersects with Kentucky Street.

    “They did a pretty good job,” said Reed.

    “Two were out with shovels digging it out. Another had a bucket and looked like he was mixing cement,” added Reed.

    Reed said he’d told Kingston officials about the large pothole.

  • GUEST OPINION: Yager lists options for staying in touch during sessions

    By KEN YAGER

    12th District State Senator

    The 109th General Assembly of the State of Tennessee will convene at noon on Jan. 13 for an organizational session.

    Among other items on the agenda, the Senate and House of Representatives will elect their speakers and adopt rules for the 2015 and 2016 legislative sessions. At the end of the week, on Jan. 17, we will inaugurate the state’s 49th governor, Bill Haslam, to begin his second four-year term.

  • GLIMPSES: Banker back on education topic

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us sees the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    Best wishes to all for 2015! I particularly thank those who responded positively to the several columns that appeared under my name in late-summer 2014.

  • Worker claims ash spill cleanup caused leukemia

    A Knox County man is suing Jacobs Engineering Group in Roane County Circuit Court, alleging the company caused him to contract leukemia by lying to him about the safety of fly ash at the TVA ash spill cleanup site.

    Bill Rose, 8120 E. Emory Road, Corryton, wants $10 million.

    Jacobs has yet to file an answer to the lawsuit.

    Rose is also suing Titan Excavating & Grading LLC and Jay H. Crippen.

    Crippen is the president of Titan, according to the lawsuit.

  • Suit seeks to void city’s annexations

    Retired attorney Gerald Largen offered his legal services years ago to the people of his home community, Emory Gap, when it was under threat of incorporation into the city of Harriman.

    Now he’s taking the city to task for annexing areas such as South Harriman beginning in March 1959.

    In a lawsuit he filed against the city last month, Largen claims that previous annexations were void because Harriman officials at that time jumped across the Emory River to annex into what is known as South Harriman and eventually including what is now Midtown today.

  • Rockwood officers pay respects to NYPD policeman

    Two Rockwood Police Department officers have spent the weekend in New York paying their final respects to a New York Police Department officer who was executed while sitting in his patrol car.

    “I take it as an honor to be able to go and not only represent Rockwood as the police department but to be able to participate in a major event to honor fallen officers,” said Brad Collins.

    He and his fellow Rockwood officer, Brandon Smith, decided to travel to New York to show their support and solidarity during services for Wenjian Liu of the NYPD.

  • End of a Harriman era: Harmon closing up shop after 51 years at H.G. Furniture

    One of Harriman’s longest-operated businesses is closing its doors.

    H.G. Furniture’s windows are adorned with going-out-of-business signs.

    The Trenton Street fixture will be open at least until the end of January.

    “We have been here 51 years, and I’m 87 years old,” said owner James “Dub” Harmon.

    He said he’ll miss his many customers, for whom he is grateful for their dedicated patronage over the years.

  • Pair charged with child abuse on Christmas

    Rockwood police arrested a man and a woman on Christmas after they were allegedly found intoxicated inside a convenience store with a baby.

    Thomas Ray Johnson, 32, and Kimberly Denise Dagnan, 31, were charged with child abuse and neglect and public intoxication in the incident.

    Police said they also notified child protective services about the incident.

    According to the arrest warrant, Rockwood police were dispatched to the Rocky Top Market on a complaint about two intoxicated people inside the store.

  • OS wanting more time to file answer to sewer plant suit

    Oliver Springs officials have asked for more time to answer a lawsuit over its sewer plant.

    David J. Chamblee Sr., Sally Chamblee Lovin and Willa M. Chamblee Humphreys sued the town in November in Roane County Circuit Court, alleging sewage from the plant routinely flows on their property at 331 Bennett Road.

    Attorney Nicholas H. Armes is representing Oliver Springs.

    He filed a motion on Dec. 16 asking that the town be given additional days to respond to the lawsuit.