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  • OLYMPIC-GOLD VISITOR: Swim team to get tips from best

    Olympic gold-medal swimmer Claire Donahue will be teaching Rockwood’s swim team a trick or two that might advance them beyond their third-place finish in their league this year.

    Swim coach Cassandra Dothard said her team has been excited since learning about the opportunity after Dothard got to know Donahue’s mother, who works at a swim store in Knoxville.

    Donahue will be at the Rockwood pool Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

  • United Way campaign kicks off Aug. 22

    Roane County United Way will have its 2014 campaign kickoff from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Aug. 22 in the Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.  
    This year’s goal is $400,000.
    Roane County United Way, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, works to maximize the impact of individual and business donations as partner agencies work together to serve all Roane Countians.

  • One solar farm down, one to go

    Kingston City Council members glimpsed a bright future for the city’s two solar projects off Hwy. 58 at the Aug. 6 council work session.
    According to project updates, the smaller of Kingston’s two planned solar farms — a 50-kilowatt installation behind the water distribution plant — is finished, inspected and operational.

  • Bonus possible for county employees

    Roane County employees could find some extra money in their paychecks later this year.
    County Executive Ron Woody said the county is in position to give one-time bonuses to employees after closing its records for the 2012-13 fiscal year with a $229,773 increase in fund balance.  
    “We came in positive for a couple of reasons,” Woody said.
    “One is because we didn’t increase operating costs with salaries,” he noted, “and two, our employees helped us get
    to where we’re at by either

  • Free smoke alarms offered in Harriman

    Harriman Fire Department continues to offer free smoke alarms.
    The department recently received 200 Kidde Firex brand smoke alarms.
    “These were gotten through the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s office through a federal grant,” said Fire Chief Brad Goss.
    Harriman residents wishing to have the smoke alarms, which have a 10-year sealed battery, can call station one to schedule installation.
    “You must be a homeowner inside the city of Harriman,” Goss said.
    Call 882-3072 to schedule an appointment.

  • Sure sign that school’s open

    Students at Harriman’s Bowers Elementary will be greeted by a new electronic sign when they show up for school today. The sign is not all that’s new to Bowers — today is the first day for new Principal Brenda Arwood, who took the reins from after Candace Lett’s retirement.

  • Kingston open to forming finance committee

    After tabling the idea last spring, Kingston City Council members decided a budget committee might not be such a bad thing after all.
    Council discussed the possibility of a budget committee — a Financial Review Committee, to be precise — earlier this year, as a means of keeping council members apprised of budget matters throughout the year, rather than waiting for pressing fiscal events to bring such matters to the board’s attention.

  • Smoot motions upset mother

    Accused killer Shawn Smoot will not have to pay for an attorney.
    It was one of the motions dismissed Friday which Tina Gregg, mother of Smoot’s alleged victim, Brooke Nicole Morris, found disappointing.
    “I am not happy. He is not indigent,” she said. “He should not have a lawyer free of charge.”
    Gregg pointed to Smoot’s former successful insurance business and a 2011 divorce settlement in which his wife is to pay him $71,600 as proof he is not considered indigent.

  • It’s Take-Your-iPad-to-School Year

    Students at Midway High School and Cherokee Middle School will be allowed to use iPads, iPhones and iPods during the school day this year.
    The go-ahead is part of a trial program on personal communication and personal electronic devices being tested at the two schools.

  • Oliver Springs’ favorite ‘Idol’ attracts region’s fans at show

    Janelle Arthur came home to a good crowd Tuesday when the “American Idol” top five finalist joined fellow top 10 contestants at the Thompson-Boling Arena stop on the “American Idol” Live Tour.

    The Oliver Springs country sweetheart performed a number of hit songs with her tour mates and sang two numbers showcasing her skills.
    Her solo selections included Keith Urban’s “Where the Blacktop Ends,” which she sang during tryouts in her third and successful audition for the reality television program on Fox.