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  • Ladd answers sought

    After months of holding their tongues on slowdowns that have attended the Ladd Landing Greenway project, Kingston City Council members let loose with a barrage of concerns at a work session on May 7.

    Unfortunately, engineer Kent Olson of Vaughn and Melton was the only one present to field the complaints.

    Olson was at the meeting as a fill-in for Danl Hall, the man who is actually the chief engineer on the project. Thus, he was unable to answer council’s sometimes-pointed questions as to why the project is experiencing difficulties.

  • Hats off to Mom — and Gram
  • Popular Harriman baker poised to make farmers market comeback

    Baked goods are an old favorite making a comeback this year to Harriman Farmers Market.

    Mary Beth Banner Crass, who sold baked goods at the market in 2008 when she owned Utopia Cafe in downtown Harriman, will have her baked pastries, muffins, pies and cinnamon rolls when the market opens for the season on June 1 at Harriman Riverfront Park.

  • New date for yearly plant sale

    Rain on May 4 postponed the Master Gardeners of Roane County plant sale.

    The new date for the eighth annual plant sale is May 18. Plants will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Ladd Landing, Kingston.

    This is a public opportunity to obtain plants, knowledge and information from trained volunteers through the Tennessee Master Gardener Program of Roane County and the University of Tennessee Extension.

    A variety of perennials, annuals, native plants, house plants, shrubs, grasses, vines, herbs, trees, vegetables and yard art will be available.

  • Glenn Miller Orchestra to be in Harriman

    The famous Glenn Miller Orchestra will be playing this weekend in Harriman’s Princess Theatre.

    The Princess Theatre Foundation has lined up the Big Band orchestra, which will strike up at 7 p.m. May 18, and other well-known performers in the coming months to continue supporting the theatre monetarily.

    “The foundation’s goal is to raise funds to donate to [Roane State Community College] to continue to keep the doors open,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • County eyeing Cawood law office property

    The county is interested in purchasing Chris Cawood’s Kingston law office.

    The agenda for today’s (Monday) Roane County Commission meeting includes a resolution that would authorize County Executive Ron Woody to enter into negotiations to purchase the property.

    “It’s one, as we start looking at some other issues, that could be kept,” Woody said.

    “That’s something we’ll probably have our building and codes go over there and look at and see what it would take to rehab for office space.”

  • Former OS administrator named Kingston manager

    David Bolling, a former Oliver Springs town administrator who had moved on to a similar post in Newcastle, Maine, was hired Friday afternoon as the new Kingston city manager.

    Bolling replaces Jim Pinkerton, who retired from the job on April 30.

    “I’m looking forward to jumping in with my sleeves up to go to work,” Bolling said after Kingston City Council unanimously voted Friday afternoon to hire him.

    Bolling and McMinnville City Manager David Rutherford were the only two contenders for the post.

  • Kingston's Day in the sun
  • Smart kids, black belts

    Don’t mess with success — especially when it involves smart teenagers with black belts.
    The academic top three for Rockwood High School’s class of 2013 all have first-degree black belts in taekwondo. First-degree is the highest rank achievable.
    Peyton Robinette, Seth Emmert and Michael Grigsby, in top academic order, worked hard to earn them at Kingston Martial Arts Center, formerly Tennessee Tae Kwon Do Judo Center.
    Grigsby called his black belt “a symbol of perseverance, determination and endurance.”
    Robinette agreed.

  • City manager choice today?

    Kingston isn’t wasting any time on filling the job after longtime city manager Jim Pinkerton retired last month.
    Three finalists will be in town today (Friday) for tours and interviews, and a council vote on them is set in the afternoon.
    From nearly 40 people who applied, the final three are David Bolling, a former Oliver Springs town manager and current town administrator for Newscastle, Maine; Tracy Baker, assistant city administrator of Sevierville; and David Rutherford, McMinnville city manager.
    A fourth finalist withdrew from the process.