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  • ‘Mayor of Midtown,’ Brownie Ellis, dies

    Brownie Ellis was one of Roane County’s liveliest residents, living a rich life beyond the auctioneering business that so many knew him for.
    The industrious businessman, lovingly known by some as the “mayor of Midtown” died Saturday, Nov. 5, after a lengthy illness. He was 81.
    His distant cousin, Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis, said Brownie provided inspiration for his hard work and interest in politics.
    “It has hit me really hard. He was like a third cousin to me, but he was more like a grandfather,” Randy Ellis said.

  • Kingston goes for the green in greenway

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston City Council learned it will have to make a down payment on the Ladd Greenway a little sooner than they’d planned.
    On the other hand, they’ll be getting more greenway than they’d bargained for.

  • United we eat
  • Kingston to decide on policy that dictates financial reserves

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    It’s not that Kingston City Council members don’t like the idea of saving for a rainy day; it’s just that some don’t cotton to the notion of a set policy dictating how much extra change has to be rattling city coffers at any given time, and what actions must be taken should the balance slip by a shekel or two.

    That’s the message that came across at the Nov. 1 work session, when council members discussed a potential new fund balance policy for Kingston.

  • POLICE NEWS: Chicken and underwear?

    A woman suspected of trying to rob the Rocky Top on Bluff Road last month was arrested on Sunday.

    Tawny Michelle Inman, 21, is charged with aggravated robbery. A sheriff’s office report said she walked into the Rocky Top on Oct. 24, acted as if she was armed and demanded $250 from the clerk. The report said she fled when a customer walked in.

    Inman is scheduled to appear in court next month.

  • BATTLE OF THE BANDS
  • It’s soccer-to-me time
  • Pain clinics not welcome in Kingston

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston officials want to send a strong message to pain-management clinics that might even consider calling the city home.

    That’s why City Council made a motion last week to take such prospective clinics out at the knees.

  • A new month, a new arrest: Knox charges send Gallaher back to jail

    Eric Glenn Gallaher was arrested on Thursday for failing to comply with the conditions of his pre-trial supervision.

    Gallaher, 31, was released from jail on a $50,000 bond in late July following his arrest for reckless homicide.

    He was required to follow several conditions, including not being charged with any offenses.

    Gallaher, of 338 Washington Drive, Harriman, ran afoul of that condition last month when he was arrested in Knox County for DUI and implied consent violation.   

  • Razing school raises nostalgia: Memories of Central plentiful

    Harriman Central Elementary hadn’t been open for years when the school officials decided over the summer to demolish the building.

    The recently completed demolition ended a chapter for those who walked its halls either as a student, teacher, parent or, in some cases, all of the above.

    “When I go down Roane Street, I don’t even look that way,” said Debi Henley, a Bowers Elementary teacher who served as Central’s final principal.