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  • Lane of I-40 to be closed Saturday

    Motorists should be alert on March 1 for a right lane closure on Interstate 40 East approaching the bridge across Hwy. 27 at mile-marker 347.

    The closure will be between the hours of 10 p.m. March 1 and 8 a.m. March 2 as crews perform milling and paving operations.

    All vehicles traveling I-40 East in excess of 12 feet in width will not be allowed through this area due to the restricted lane width across the bridge at mile-marker 347.

  • Kingston expanding solar presence

    The city of Kingston and Energy Source Partners LLC signed a contract this week which begins the process for the second phase of solar energy production in Kingston.

    In this agreement Energy Source Partners agrees to lease city property located on James Ferry Road in Kingston on property formerly used by the Kingston Water Department.

    They plan to design, build, finance, operate and maintain an electricity grid-connected photovoltaic solar power system with a generating capacity rated at approximately 200 kWdc.

  • Rockwood sets sights on enclosing community pool

    Rockwood’s plans to use TVA funds to enclose the city’s community pool isn’t a forgotten goal — even though the funds have been reallocated to other projects.

    Mayor James Watts said Rockwood officials, as well as swim team leader Cassandra Dothard, have been working with others, including Roane State officials, to seek out grants and other funds for the project.

    Barbara Smith had her own demographic in mind when she spoke up in support.

  • Upgrades planned for Gertrude Porter Park

    Kingston’s newest city park is an old one.

    But it will be as good as new, once planned renovations are finished.

    Roane County officials moved to deed Gertrude Porter Park to the city of Kingston at a February meeting.

    The park, off Hwy. 58 near the confluence of the Tennessee and Clinch rivers, currently has a number of athletic and related amenities, including a baseball field and playground.

    But it could use some work.

  • Motorcyclist killed in Hwy. 70 wreck first 2014 fatality

    A Knox County man was killed in a Feb. 21 wreck in Roane County.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Rick W. Berry was riding a Honda VF1 motorcycle on Hwy. 70 near Gallaher Road around 4:40 p.m. when he ran off the right side of the roadway and struck a culvert.

    Berry, 62, was wearing a helmet.

    No other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

    Emergency records painted a desperate scene.

    The E-911 report said Berry was found unconscious with blood coming out of his mouth.

  • Rockwood event draws plenty of seniors

    “B-6….”

    “N-33….”

    “I-26….”

    “I used to be 26,” someone shouts, as laughter follows.

    “O -75….”

    “That’s how old I am now,” is retorted from the other side of the room.

    Rockwood Community Center has started a Senior Lunch and Bingo once a month, and it has exploded.

    In partnership with Mid-East Community Action Agency, they have turned a low-key get-together into a sizeable gathering.

  • Kingston hopes to help fix homes

    Kingston city officials have received U.S. Housing and Urban Development home grants in the past, but this year’s application will require some careful navigation.

    “It’s a little bit tricky this time,” said City Manager David Bolling, who laid out plans to apply to the program this year at February city council sessions. “The parameters have changed. And that’s going to make for more hoops to jump through. In my opinion, it’s also going to limit our ability to help the people who most need help.”

  • Election primary drift allowed

    Despite the cross-voting controversy that occurred in 2012, it looks like Republicans will continue to have an open primary this year.

    The state party didn’t express concerns about it, either.

    “We want Republicans to participate and vote in those primaries, but state law allows anyone to participate and we want to follow state law,” said Tennessee Republican Party Executive Director Brent Leatherwood.

  • Kingston officials seek to promote tweets

    Kingston officials decided in February that the Ladd Greenway project is for the birds.

    Which isn’t to speak ill of it, in this instance. At the February council sessions, council members heard updates on the latest greenway improvements and discussed a plan to make the park a bird-watching destination.

  • Seat-belt effort ramping up

    The Governor’s Highway Safety Office launched a new highway safety campaign aimed at increasing seatbelt usage across the state. The Seatbelts Are For Everyone is designed to increase seatbelt and child passenger safety restraint usage in Tennessee. The Roane County Sheriff Office is just one of the law enforcement agencies participating in the campaign.

    “We want to save lives and by bringing up seat belt usage, we will help do that,” Sheriff’s Lt. Bobby Anderson said.