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  • Kingston keeps Sugarman, adds Brown, Byrkit to council

    Incumbent Norm Sugarman held onto his Kingston City Council seat, and another familiar face is returning to the council.

    Tony Brown, who has served two previous terms on the council, received the high total of 244 votes.

    That will make him vice mayor in July.

     He was elected and served as vice mayor under Jim Henry in 1977 and, after taking a break, was elected again in 1993.

    Brown has also served as county elections administrator and is also over Roane County Park as a county employee.

  • TDOT edict sparks flag battle in Oliver Springs

    A staple of the Memorial Day holiday in Oliver Springs will be no more.

    The Disabled American Veterans chapter in Oliver Springs was planning to keep the 31 American flags up until after Flag Day but was told by Tennessee Department of Transportation officials to take them down — permanently.

    Omer Cox, an Oliver Springs alderman and commander of the DAV chapter, said he talked to TDOT engineer Bud Slaton.

    “He said it was unsafe,  and we’re not allowed to have flags or signs in the medians,” Cox said.

  • Municipal Election Precinct-by-Precinct Results
  • City Councils and Mayors to serve Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood as of July 1
  • Utility worker candidates force changes in Rockwood

    The top vote getter in Rockwood City Council elections traditonally has two privileges — he becomes the new vice mayor and sits on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.
    However, a new ordinance stops that tradition in its tracks.
    That’s because the highest vote getter in this week’s election was Jason Jolly, a Rockwood Electric Utility employee.
    Last month the Rockwood City Council approved an ordinance prohibiting utility employees from serving on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.

  • Hanging initially deemed suicide

    Police said a 36-year-old Rockwood woman found hanging from a tree Tuesday morning apparently took her own life.
    “It’s still under investigation by the TBI, but right now it appears to be a suicide,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.
    Police were dispatched to 609 N. Wilder Ave. shortly before 8 a.m. in reference to a hanging.
    “Prior to my arrival, I was advised by dispatch that the victim was cut down by the caller,” the police report said. The responding officer found Amy Lopez on the ground dead.

  • Kingston workers trim along Watts Bar Lake
  • Medic blood drive
  • Kingston declared victor in annexation battle with Harriman

    The Tennesee Supreme Court has ruled that Kingston's 2008 annexation by election in Midtown is legal, overturning an appeals court ruling in favor of Harriman, which also wanted the property.

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets announced the news at a city workshop Thursday night after he entered the room dancing.

    "I am beyond happy," Beets said.

    “It's something that those of us who have been on the council for a while have been involved with,” he added.

  • Floods highlight need for coverage

    Recent flooding in Tennessee underscored a painful truth: flooding is America’s most common natural disaster — and the cost of cleanup and repair is huge.
    Everyone’s property is in danger of flooding to one extent or another. Yet homeowner insurance policies generally do not cover flood damage.
    There is a solution.
    The National Flood Insurance Program, administered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, offers federally backed coverage to property owners and renters in nearly 400 Tennessee communities that participate in the NFIP.