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  • Kingston, county not filing crime statistics

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Kingston Police Department were two of eight agencies given a Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System “noncompliance status” designation in the state’s 2013 Crime in Tennessee report.

    The report is published by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

  • Syndrome limits girl’s food, not spirit

    A sweet treat is no simple thing for Emma Love.

    A rare disorder means she and her family watch calories and limit splurges.

    “If I watch what I eat, then I can have pizza,” said Emma.

    The Kingston Elementary School student suffers from Prader-Willi Syndrome, a genetic disorder that often causes life-threatening obesity in young people. Children born with the disorder, an abnormality in the 15th chromosome, typically have low muscle tone, short stature and a poor metabolism — often combined with chronic feelings of hunger.

  • Kingston wants to add $1 to bill to help other water customers

    City water board members passed a measure that will help Kingston water customers help each other at their May 13 session.

    The Neighbors Helping Neighbors program will allow water board customers to opt in — at their own discretion — to a program in which $1 extra will be charged on their monthly water bills, and kept in a fund that will be used to help customers facing tough financial straits.

    The program was proposed at city council in April, but was temporarily tabled so officials could devise a plan for implementing it.

  • Kingston makes use of leftover water funds

    With a waterline connection to Rockwood in under budget, Kingston City Council members have turned one project into four.

    The Rockwood interconnection project began with a roughly $2 million federal grant-loan combination to enable Kingston to purchase additional water — if needed — from Rockwood.

    The project wrapped with money to spare. Kingston officials want to use the remaining $724,000 for further water line improvements. But any new work must have a connection to the original project.

  • Woman doesn’t fall for bold scam attempt

    A persistent scammer refused to take no for an answer from one Kingston woman.

    “Oh, they’ve called. It is bordering on harassment,” said Dottie Hulbert recently.

    “I ‘won’ $2.5 million and a 2014 Mercedes,” Hulbert said of her would-be prize offerings. She received multiple calls for several days from the culprits.

    Hulbert said she was told someone would call to set up the Mercedes delivery and that she would need to send $771.63 for the taxes before they’d send her the check.

  • Kingston seeks cheaper rates on employee health insurance

    In their never-ending quest to cut costs, Kingston City Council members looked to reduce one of the city’s largest annual outlays by calling for new insurance quotes.

    In the end, though, council members decided that other pastures aren’t always greener and elected to stick with the current package—a combination of Cigna and Blue Cross, obtained through the state of Tennessee—to provide insurance benefits for its employees.

  • Changes being considered in Rockwood parks management

    Rockwood City Council will be deciding the fate of park and recreation director Jody Mioduski at its meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday.

    Mioduski was put on administrative leave earlier this month, and many officials were left initially in the dark about why he was out.

    Mayor James Watts confirmed Tuesday that Mioduski’s future with the city would be part of the discussion Thursday, and said they’d had calls from residents about his “management style.”

    Watts said he feels it is time to move in a different direction.

  • Kingston tightening budget belt

    Kingston City Council members prepared for the coming year of fiscal belt-tightening by approving on first reading a spartan budget plan for 2014-15 at the May 13 council meeting.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling called it “a tough budget … a necessity budget,” and the numbers bear him out.

    The general fund in the 2014-15 plan — which still has to pass a second reading at June council sessions — is set at nearly $5.3 million, about $100,000 less than the current one.

  • Rockwood eyes modest tax hike

    Rockwood officials will likely have the first reading of its budget Thursday at 6 p.m.

    At press time, officials said the proposed budget includes a property tax increase of 5 cents — from 95 cents per $100 valuation to $1 per $100 valuation.

    “Basically I am going to let the council take the budget and go through it and make recommendations,” said Mayor James Watts.

    What of the proposed 5-cent hike?

  • Yet another residency challenge

    The controversy surrounding the residency of circuit court judge candidate Mike Pemberton is not over.

    Chattanooga attorney Wes Kliner filed a complaint with the Roane County Chancery Court, contesting the Roane County Election Commission’s decision to put Pemberton on the ballot for the Aug. 7 election.

    Kliner represents Kingston resident Willis Hall, a former client of Tom McFarland. Pemberton and McFarland face each other in the race.