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  • Sewer project change order nixed

    After fielding one request for a project change order — somewhat begrudgingly — Kingston city council members told another group seeking a change order to think again.
    Change orders — amendments to the cost of a project, after the project is underway — can be for cost over-runs or under-runs. Both of the requests council presented at their Oct. 1 work session were for overages, however.

  • Phone scam targets seniors

    A caller is trying to get the bank account information of senior citizens, telling them it is because of changes to their Medicare.
    Billy McGhee said the caller said he was with the federal government and changes were being made to his social security and Medicare.
    “He wanted my bank account number so he could send my check,” McGhee said.

  • Temperance Building doors remain closed

    Harriman’s most iconic landmark remains closed for the foreseable future, but it’s all part of the plan to return it to the distinction it once held.
    The work to stabilize the Temperance  Building in the basement now make way for the next step, stabalizing the outer walls. The city project has received multiple grants administered from the Tennessee Historical Commission. The most recent preservation grant this year was $40,355.

  • Kingston eyeing several grants

    November is the time when applications for many state and federal grant options come due, and Kingston officials have eyes on a couple of big ones this year.
    One of them is the so-called Safer grant, a FEMA grant for local fire departments. According to Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, Safer grants vary in size, according to the needs of the department. “You apply for whatever you need — equipment, personnel, whatever — and then you make your case for that need,” Beets said. “You really have to sell yourself, and your needs to become eligible.”

  • Kingston signs on to 911 contract

    After nearly two years of uncertainty, Kingston City Council members finally signed on to a 911 agreement calling for more money from local governments.
    Council unanimously approved the agreement at the Oct. 8 full council session.
    “We got our itches scratched, so we went ahead and voted for it,” Kingston Mayor Troy Beets said. “All’s good now.”

  • K9 rescue holds fundraiser

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue is having its 14th  annual Hot Dogs for the Dawgs cookout 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at Kingston City Park. A $5 donation will get contributors a grilled hot dog with trimmings, chips, dessert and a drink.
    All proceeds help low income folks spay & neuter their pets. The organization also donates pet food. Second Chance is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping animals.  
    Regina Kendrick is president.  
     

  • Rockwood new fire truck coming

    Rockwood will be getting its new fire truck this Friday.
    It’s expected to arrive around noon.
    The Sutphen brand pumper truck will cost the city about $410,000.
    “We’ll make yearly payments for 10 years of about $43,000 a year. It is close to that,” said city recorder Becky Ruppe.
    Rockwood Fire Department pleaded for the truck earlier this year.
    It will replace another vehicle in their aging fleet.
    Rockwood City Council voted on the winning bid for the truck during the budget process.

  • Rolled over by spooky holiday pranksters

    Houses around Roane County adorn ghostly decorations this time of year as Halloween quickly approaches but that wasn’t the case for one Kingston home. The house and yard at the corner of Smalley Lane and Decatur Highway South of the River was left vandalized by an old time prank of toilet papering. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is telling locals to stay aware as more teenage antics could become more prevalent as Halloween gets closer.

  • Jacket sophomore Seth Haynes recovering after neck injury

    Athletic trainers and EMT personnel that work area sporting events know that when a player suffers any kind of neck injury that the best thing to do is keep the neck immobilized before doing anything else.

  • Walmart shopper busted for meth materials

    Rockwood police arrested a man on Oct. 13 after he allegedly purchased meth-making supplies at Walmart.
    Ryan Matthew Cox is charged with initiation of the methamphetamine manufacture process.
    According to the warrant, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich was dispatched to Walmart at 2:22 a.m. to investigate a report of someone buying meth-making supplies.  
    The warrant said Cox was leaving the store with bags of merchandise in each hand when he was confronted by Haubrich.