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  • Officials worry revamped offramp could worsen traffic

    A traffic signal has already been approved for the Interstate 40 exit 350 westbound offramp, but the new design for the ramp itself has some officials worried.
    The ramp presently splits at its intersection with Pine Ridge Road in the Midtown area.
    One lane swings toward Harriman proper, while the rest of the lane continues so drivers can turn toward Hwy. 70 or go back onto the interstate.
    However, the state plans include two lanes that go straight to the red light at Pine Ridge Road.

  • Meth labs spotted in T-bird, camper, Rockwood home

    A traffic stop on the interstate led to the discovery of a methamphetamine lab earlier this month.
    It was one of several labs authorities have discovered recently.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, Deputy Michael Self stopped a Ford Thunderbird on Interstate 40 with six people inside on Sept. 7.
    One of the occupants, Raymond Racey, had an outstanding warrant.

  • More than moving to consider when selling your home

    By DAN BOONE
    Internal Revenue Service
    If you’re selling your main home sometime this year, the IRS has some helpful tips for you.
    Even if you make a profit from the sale of your home, you may not have to report it as income.
    Here are 10 tips from the IRS to keep in mind when selling your home:
    • If you sell your home at a gain, you may be able to exclude part or all of the profit from your income.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Chef Roy’s sure to please at his Market Street Bistro

    I previously wrote about the site of today’s “Out To Lunch” adventure in March 2009, when it was called Market Street Fountain.
    Last April, Roy Vomfell opened the restaurant as Market Street Bistro.
    Located next door to Food City in Kingston’s Ladd Landing, the Bistro menu consists of European-style deep-dish pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches.
    Its website, www.marketstreetbistro.com, includes a menu and plate presentations of many Bistro favorites.

  • City puts 911 contract on hold

    Kingston City Council members deferred a decision on a 911 contract another month when questions arose as to which calls dispatchers would send to local responders.
    In the wake of an ongoing budget crisis with the county service, 911 director Mike Hooks asked local municipalities last year to pony up additional cash, on a graduated annual schedule, to make up for revenue shortfalls.
    Local 911 services are funded in large part by taxes on telephone landlines, and the advent of cellphones has drastically cut into that revenue.

  • Martial arts master True to form

    Isshin-ryu karate is one of the country’s most popular forms of martial arts, and Harriman’s Tommy True has stayed true to its teachings for 50 years.

    True, a grand master,  operates a school in Harriman, in his Trenton Street location for more than 30 years.
    “I have the oldest Isshin-ryu school in the state of Tennessee right now,” True said.
    With snowy white hair and a boyish grin, True doesn’t look like a dominating force in martial arts, but his dedication and skill are respected.

  • Mother-daughter fight charges dropped

    A mother and daughter who got arrested in February over an alleged fight had their cases disposed in Roane County General Sessions Court on Monday. 
    Teresa Gail Andrews and her daughter, Ashley Gail Andrews, were charged with domestic assault.
    They must pay court costs, but each had her charge dismissed.
    The Andrews were arrested on Feb. 24.
    They had reportedly been together at Claudia’s Bar in Midtown  before the alleged altercation took place at an apartment they shared. 

  • CORRECTION

    An article in the Friday, Sept. 6 edition, listed the wrong day in the schedule for the Kids Cafe.
    The cafe actualy  feeds children Mondays at 5 p.m.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Heroes can be closer than you might think

    The color of the smoke coming from beneath the hood of a stranded motorist’s car caught Tommy Thompson’s attention.
    It wasn’t white, but gray.
    Thompson could see the driver inside, cellphone planted to her ear, as he passed the sedan on Hwy. 70 near Caney Creek.

    Thompson acted quickly, making a sudden U-turn. The West Roane County resident threw his pickup into park and charged up to the smoking car.

  • Boy, 13, to play at Tennessee Valley Fair

    A young up-and-coming musician from Roane County is scheduled to perform at the Tennessee Valley Fair on Saturday.

    Thirteen-year-old guitar-player Joey Pierce and his band, the Joey Pierce Project, will open for the Southern Drawl Band.

    “He’s like a 30-year-old trapped in a 13-year-old musically,” Joey’s mother, Monica, said. “I’m excited for him. I was really surprised they gave him the opportunity.”