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  • HPD to hold online auction

    Harriman Police Department will be having an online auction of surplus items Jan. 14-30.
    Assistant Chief Kenny Humphrey shared the public auction details for GovDeals.com.
    Fourteen vehicles, nine of which were seized, will be sold.
    Humphrey said bidders will need to preregister at the site.
    He has made arrangements for anyone without Internet access to be able to use the Harriman Public Library for the bidding.
    In addition to the auction, Humphrey also got permission to get new software for three laptops at $6,146.

  • Sending gifts and cards near and far
  • Santa visits Roane

    Santa’s elf, who sometimes answers to Missy Layne, uses a fan to cool the jolly old man himself at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston last week. Santa dropped in at the courthouse to visit with some of the county’s children.

  • TVA touts changes to ash cleanup site

    TVA officials said three people showed up for a public meeting about the ash spill recovery earlier this month. The low turnout wasn’t a disappointment, officials said, when compared to the droves who would show up to meetings that were held the first few months after the disaster. 
    “I think that’s a good signal to us,” TVA executive Bob Deacy said. “We didn’t have any questions or concerns raised at that meeting.”

  • UPDATED: Kingston developer sues TVA

    Despite TVA’s multi-million-dollar attempts to make the community whole, plenty of people claim they are still hurting because of the 2008 fly ash spill at the agency’s Kingston Fossil Plant.
    One of them is Ladd Landing developer Matt Caldwell of Kingston. In a federal lawsuit filed Monday, Caldwell alleges his high-end development has been significantly diminished because of the disaster.

  • TVA ash spill foundation meeting Wednesday

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation — a committee formed after the TVA ash spill — will hold a special called meeting today (Wednesday) to hear project updates.
    TVA contributed about $43 million in support for economic development priorities in Roane County and its communities after the ash spill.
    The meeting is 10 a.m. at Kingston’s Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

  • Noisy compression brakes get muffled by Kingston

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    After some wheezing and squealing — much like the target of their legislation — Kingston Council members hope they’ve finally found a way to bring renegade jake brakes to a grinding halt.

    Council members passed an ordinance on second reading that regulates the use of the Jacobs Engine Brake, a braking system used in long-haul trucks, at last week’s city council meeting.

  • Harriman change allows dorms

    Dormitories and boarding houses may soon be allowed in Harriman’s C2  commercial zones.

    That includes the downtown area, which already has living quarters inside many buildings.

    Harriman City Council last week approved the first reading of an ordinance that would allow the change.

  • Christmas at Whitestone

    Chris Nance chops mint for curry Waldorf salad while cooking for an event at Whitestone Country Inn Monday afternoon. Decorations and the aroma of holiday food filled the atmosphere during the last week of Advent.

  • Rockwood’s Hines changing hats

    Not quite done in Rockwood, outgoing city recorder Jim Hines has already gotten some temporary work in another city.

    He’ll be filling in at Harriman, where he was building inspector at one time, while current building inspector Maria Nelson is out for surgery.

    Nelson is taking several weeks off for the recovery, and Mayor Chris Mason said she decided to do so without pay or using any sick time.

    “I advised her not to, but she is. She recommended we use Jim Hines to fill in for her,” Mason said.