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  • Live band noise still too much

    There’s a clamor about noise again in the city of Kingston.

    The furor is coming from the same place that spurred a 2012 effort to tweak city noise ordinances.

  • No complaints about lights out

    Harriman officials have heard no complaints about street lights that were turned off on Ruritan Road.

    Officials had the fixtures covered with tape that keeps them from coming on at dark.

    “I hadn’t heard any complaints or feedback,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    “I can’t tell any difference,” said Councilman J.D. Sampson, who proposed removal of the lights to save utility costs.

    Officials plan on keeping the tape up for a while.

  • Chilhowee Street apartment fire
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: U.S. mustn’t meddle in Moslem muddle

    Erudite reader, you have no doubt read or heard at some length of the outrage recently perpetrated in the African nation of Nigeria where hundreds of schoolgirls were forcibly abducted from their schools by the armed Islamist terrorist group called Boko Haram.

  • Rockwood 2000 sets candidate forum

    Rockwood 2000 will have a public candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. July 10 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The purpose of this event is to introduce the public to candidates running in the Aug. 7 election for Tennessee House of Representatives, Roane County Commission District 1, Roane County Board of Education District 1, circuit court judge and sheriff in the August 7th Election.

    The public forum objective is informing as many people as possible the positions of each candidate.

    Candidates will be grouped according to the position for which they are running.

  • Rocky wants no hard-nosed sentencer

    Rocky Houston doesn’t want to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves.

    In a motion filed on June 15, Houston attorney Michael McGovern contends Reeves should recuse himself because of what he was exposed to during the trials and sentencing of Leon Houston, who is Rocky Houston’s older brother.

    Leon was tried in federal court for possession of firearms while under the influence of an illegal substance and using a telephone communication to threaten to kill Cleveland, Tenn., attorney James Logan.

  • TVA tracks at Swan Pond coming up

    As TVA’s ash spill cleanup winds down at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Swan Pond, an important element of effort is being removed.

    TVA will be taking up railroad tracks that cross the roadway near the plant. The rails were installed for the cleanup after the Dec. 22, 2008, spill.

    Much of Swan Pond Road will be closed on Monday, June 23, for the removal, which TVA is paying for.

  • REU transformer problem douses lights

    Much of Rockwood lost power Monday after a late afternoon transformer problem.

    Rockwood Police directed traffic at intersections for several hours until power was restored.

    The problem was at Rockwood’s primary substation, said Kendall Bear, Rockwood Electric Utility manager.

    Bear estimated 4,000 to 5,000 customers were impacted by the outage.

    Two transformers were both de-energized when the breakers that feed them tripped.

    One transformer has been isolated and the load switched to the other while TVA runs diagnostics.

  • CSI: Roane County Youth Edition

    A group of middle school-aged students were immersed in their own crime scene investigation this summer.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Youth Academy was like a “CSI” spinoff that took place at Roane County High School.

    Instead of relaxing by the pool or playing video games, these students were able to get a better look into what the sheriff’s office does and what all goes into law enforcement.

    There’s another benefit.

  • Cooling-off period proposed for Harriman council

    Harriman elected officials may find it harder to seek city employment after they have served.

    A policy proposed by Harriman City Councilman Lonnie Wright would require at least four years between an elected official’s time in office and any employment with the city.

    “I think it is a good ordinance,” Wright said.

    He said he’d heard from residents who were concerned a city official might resign and seek an office like the newly established city manager position.