Local News

  • Contractor arrested on theft warrant

    Kingston police took out a theft warrant for a contractor in October after he allegedly stiffed a woman who hired him to do some work.

    Joshua Lee Miles, 41, was arrested on the warrant last week.

    According to police, Dianne Eddie paid Miles $600 on June 14 to do some work on her house.

    “On Sept. 18, 2014, Ms. Eddie reported to the Kingston Police Department that Mr. Miles had not completed the work agreed upon,” the warrant states.

    That day, an officer found Miles at a home on Greenwood Street.

  • Obama visit, but no Fleischmann

    U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is not expected to be among the officials in attendance for President Barack Obama’s visit to East Tennessee today — Friday.

    “He is currently scheduled to be in D.C. voting during that time,” Fleischmann spokesman Tyler Threadgill said.

    Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to make stops at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville and the Techmer PM in Clinton.

  • State extends landfill comment period

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has decided to extend the public comment period on TVA’s application for a permit modification of its Class II landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The landfill has already been built and is currently being used to store gypsum. The modification to the permit would allow TVA to also store dry fly ash there.

    The public comment period has been extended to Feb. 9.

  • Governor convenes two-hour special health-care session

    Gov. Bill Haslam is convening an “extraordinary session” of the 109th General Assembly to consider “Insure Tennessee,” a two-year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who do not currently have access to health insurance or have limited options.

    The program is designed to reward healthy behaviors, promote personal responsibility and incentivize preventative care and healthy choices.

  • OUR OPINION: Kirby Delauter won’t go nameless in this newspaper

    I’m not the resolution kind of gal, but I made one this year:

    I’m going to write more newspaper columns.

    That’s good or bad, depending on your stance. Heck, it’s good or bad depending on my stance, because sometimes life gets in the way of sitting down to a blank page and knocking out prose that you hope will give someone pause or a smile.

    I’d been toying with a column idea for a few days. It’s a lament I share with friends every year, but I haven’t ever put it into the written word.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ringing out the old, ringing in the new

    After our holiday hiatus, we begin our new series of weekly columns with a bit of looking back at the year past, mixed with a bit of looking forward to the year present and coming on.

    First, on a purely personal note, despite some setbacks and less than perfect developments, 2014 has on the whole been for us a splendid year.

  • Getting, spending grants tricky biz

    Experienced city officials know that securing state and federal grant money is competitive business.

    They also know that if they are lucky enough to land one, the strings that come with it can complicate spending the money.

    When the Kingston City Council met this week, both aspects of the grant process were up for discussion.

  • Woody issues warning for year ahead

    Whether it’s the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office or the state, the 2015 reappraisal will get done.

    Property owners might not like the results, however.

    “You could have a reduction in the value of your home and pay more taxes without a tax increase, because it’s an equalizing process, and it shifts,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It’s shifted to the lakefront communities, and it’s probably going to shift away from them for a while.”

  • Reappraisal crisis deepens

    The county got another warning letter from the state this week about the reappraisal.

    This one, from Kelsie Jones, executive secretary for the State Board of Equalization, warns Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan to comply with the required actions specified in a Division of Property Assessments memo by Feb. 13.

    If not, “the board must direct DPA to take such measures as will assure compliance with legal requirements for reappraisal with the county being responsible for the full cost,” Jones wrote.