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  • 911-dispatch office wants more money

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    With traditional revenue sources drying up, E-911 Director Mike Hooks says he needs more from the municipalities of Roane County.
    But with money tight, in the middle of a budget year, Kingston City Council members aren’t ready to pony up just yet. They heard Hooks’ request at a January work session and tabled it until at least February.

  • Alleged pill peddler indicted

    STAFF REPORTS
    People looking to obtain oxycodone on the black market in East Tennessee could find it more difficult.
    A man accused of selling it illegally has been indicted by the feds.
    Eric C. Hefner, 41, is in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville.
    According to federal court documents, Hefner was indicted on Jan. 10 on one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute oxycodone in the Eastern District of Tennessee. 

  • Housing grant could put walkways in Kingwood

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    To quote Kingston Mayor Troy Beets: “There’s no money like free money.”

    And with grant season fast approaching, Kingston City Council members have ears perked, hands out and eyes wide open.

    At the January full council session, council members approved Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon as the engineering firm that will act as consultants for the city’s application for a federal Community Development Block Grant.

  • City officials reject boarding house proposal

    While it passed muster the first time, a second reading of an ordinance to allow boarding houses in a Harriman commercial district has failed.

    With four council members present and Councilmen Buddy Holley and Chase Tedder absent, Councilman J.D. Sampson’s dissent was enough to stop the ordinance because of a lack of two-thirds majority.

  • Harriman eyes downtown grants

    For many years, Harriman Utility Board has used Community Development Block Grant funds to continue its work to rehabilitate the sewer system.

    This year, it looks like the city is planning on applying for funds to improve downtown, possibly through a loan program to improve building facades.

    “I do want to try and use it to enhance the downtown and make it more user friendly in terms of parking, removing blight or a facade program,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • Table tennis at Kingston Community Center

     

    Brothers Tony and Louis Capozzi, who lives in Kingston and Lenoir City, play a spirited game of doubles’ table tennis at the Kingston Community Center.

  • Honoring King
  • Automated meters up and running
  • Roane officially in two districts

    The Republican-led redistricting plan that caused a furor amongst some locals was approved by the Tennessee House of Representatives last Thursday.

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, a Lenoir City Republican, was one of 67 representatives who voted in favor of the plan.  

    “What we promised people when I was elected — and why I was elected — was to produce a smaller government, a more conservative government, and these district lines give that to us,” she said.

  • Election factor in finding director

    This year’s county election could impact the search for the next director of schools.

    “You cannot appoint 45 days prior to an election or 30 days after an election,” Roane County Board of Education Member Wade McCullough said. “That is by law.”

    Election Day is Aug. 2. If McCullough’s interpretation of the law is correct, the new director would need to be in place around the middle of June.

    “Otherwise, we’ll have to go into an interim period,” McCullough said.