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  • Glow of Christmas lights gives city bit of buyer's remorse

    In the merry month of May, Kingston City Council members have another kind of merry on their minds — Christmas.

    At the council’s workshop Tuesday, officials will continue a discussion launched last month on the fate of Christmas lights the city places on utility poles along Kentucky and Race streets.

    It turns out that the lights, which are left on night and day during the Christmas season because there is no easy way to turn them on and off, have been costly.

  • Technology Nelson's aim in clerk's office

    Modernization has been one of Kim Nelson’s focal points during her first eight months as Roane County circuit court clerk.  

    “I embrace technology,” she said. “I’ve been all about making sure that we put things on the computer, that we’re using email, try to be as paperless as possible and not take up a bunch of storage space.”

    Nelson hopes to get more modern with the implementation of the Tennessee Court Information System.  

  • Washing up after a catch

    Paul Lingerfield of Oak Ridge scrubs his boat after cruising on Watts Bar Lake last week.

    He caught a 14-inch largemouth bass on his outing.

  • An afternoon of fishing with Grandpa

    Jacie and Taryn Underwood spend an afternoon bonding with their grandfather, John, on a Watts Bar Lake fishing outing last week.

  • Fire at Kingston United Methodist

    Fire broke out at Kingston United Methodist Church Saturday at approximately 7:00 p.m.

    No one was in the building when Pastor John C. Anderson noticed the church was on fire while he was mowing the lawn.

     Lt. Gary Nelson of the Kingston Police Department noted that the rear left corner and auditorium had received the most damage.

    Hordes of passers-by surrounded the area around the church, as members of Kingston, Midtown, Harriman, East Roane County and Oak Ridge fire departments worked dilligently to contain the fire.

  • Roane represented at royal wedding

    Editor's note: Story updated on May 3, 2011, to correct spelling of Chelsea Rose Black's father's name.

  • See Spot fly: Frisbee dog competition coming to Kingston

    Kingston will host the 2011 Skyhoundz Canine Disc Tennessee State Championship May 14 for the first time.

    Hounds of all ages and breeds will compete at Fort Southwest Point for a spot in the national competition, which was held in Chattanooga last year.

    “It should be a fun event,” Kingston Parks and Recreation event coordinator Debbie Russell said. “We’re all dog lovers here.”

    The department has also been looking to create a dog park in Kingston for residents and their four-legged friends to enjoy.

  • New sewer will serve hospital

    The $5.585 million loan Roane County plans to use to pay for a sewer expansion in Midtown has yet to be approved by the state.

    “We finally got all of our I’s dotted and Ts crossed, re-signed document after document because they didn’t like the way it was signed,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It appears it’s ready to go to their board now for approval.”

    The county is securing the loan through the State Revolving Fund Loan Program.

    Woody said he expects the board to meet in June.

  • State clears way for new hospital move to Midtown

    It didn't take long.

    A plan to relocate Roane Medical Center in a new complex in Midtown easily won approval at a certificate-of-need hearing in Nashville Wednesday morning.

    “We were just in Nashville and just been approved for the CON and so we'll be able to build the new hospital,” said Roane medical Center spokeswoman Jodi Harris shortly after the approval.

    Officials met before a hearing with the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency.

  • Rough weather hits — how are you dealing with it?

    Roane County was under a tornado warning Wednesday morning, with more severe weather expected later in the afternoon. Meteorologists say conditions are right today for supercell tornadoes — the kind that can cut wide swaths and stay on the ground for a long time.

    We hope the worst of this storm system, which has already caused widespread damage and even death in midwestern states, bypasses our area. But if it doesn't, we are looking for your pictures and stories of how you dealt with wind, rain, hail or flooding.