Local News

  • TVA stimulates $5.9 billion in service area

    Tennessee Valley Authority economic development programs — including technical services, research and financial assistance — helped stimulate $5.9 billion in business investments in the TVA service area in fiscal year 2012.
    John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development, said TVA’s efforts also helped attract or retain 48,000 jobs, bringing TVA’s economic development contributions to more than 300,000 new or retained jobs and $32 billion
    in business investment since 2005.

  • OUT to LUNCH by Bethel Poston: Tired of turkey and trimmings? Head out to Venice

    After gorging ourselves on turkey, dressing, vegetables, deviled eggs, cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie at our Thanksgiving dinner, I wanted to write an “Out to Lunch” article about something with an entirely different taste.
    I have previously arranged our Oak Ridge High School Reunion Committee meetings to coincide with my “Out To Lunch” adventures. This is no exception.
    When former classmate Jan Harlan suggested Venice Pizza & Grill for meeting, I was ready for an Italian/Mediterranean taste.

  • TVA credit union going to Midtown
  • Wrong year for Morgan change

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan made a mistake when he changed the 2011 appraisal on the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.
    Former property assessor Teresa Kirkham said it’s an example of his inability to do the job.
    According to county records, the building was appraised at a little more than $2 million for the 2011 tax year.
    Kirkham lowered it to approximately $1.5 million for the 2012 tax year.

  • Accusations traded over property

    One of Teresa Kirkham’s Facebook friends may investigate if any wrongdoing occurred when she lowered an appraisal for Dr. Clary P. Foote.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson has requested that Robert Lee, the general counsel for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, “initiate a review or single parcel audit” on the appraisal of the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.
    Lee and Kirkham are friends on the Facebook social network.
    Foote purchased the building from First States Investors 4200 LLC in January for $280,500.

  • Deputy’s efforts help motorist in sinking car

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith helped a man escape an “almost” submerged vehicle Sunday morning.
    According to the sheriff’s office, Kingston and county officers responded to a 911 call about a man driving his car into the lake.
    While checking the old lake access at the end of Ferguson Lane, Smith observed a car about 60 feet out in the water.

  • Kingston wants refund from Tennessee

    The city of Kingston will ask the Tennessee Department of Transportation for a refund, or so city council members decided at a recent council session.
    Trouble is, no one knows how such a request will go over; the state doesn’t have a refund aisle, or a customer service desk, nor even a complaint department.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Road trips ought to include some leg stretching

    It’s the holiday season, and that means two things: Chances are you’ve been on the road and eating more than normal.
    I’m just as guilty as anyone else.
    Last weekend, Derek and I gathered with his siblings at his parents in Western Kentuucky.
    We brought snacks.
    They brought snacks.
    His sister made a yummy beef-and-cheese-laden tamale casserole for dinner, and his mother produced Key lime pie for dessert.

  • Kingston greenway bridge issues won’t change planned completion

    A subcontractor in the ongoing Ladd Greenway project nearly burned its bridges before building them by attempting to add a new design element at a substantial extra cost — well after prices and plans were a matter of record.
    Ladd project engineer Danl Hall explained to Kingston City Council members at the November work session that when construction firm Stethen Smith won the Ladd project with a low bid last year, they contracted with the U.S. Bridge Co. to build a pedestrian bridge as part of the three-part greenway.
    The contract was signed a year ago.

  • Assessor’s candidate charged with DUI

    A two-time candidate for Roane County property assessor has been charged over an alleged drunk-driving incident.
    Kingston police arrested Steven Robinette Friday night.
    He has been charged with DUI and violation of the implied consent law.
    According to the arrest report, police responded to the city park area after a caller reported a silver truck had “run out of the road several times.”