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  • Kingston land owners to pay more next year

    It came in like a lion and left like a lamb — like March in the middle of June.

    After many long nights of accounting, some testiness and wrangling, and several meetings in which a few city residents (and a couple of non-residents) voiced their displeasure over a proposed 9-cent tax-rate increase,  Kingston City Council passed its budget appropriation for 2012-13 on second reading with hardly a ripple of protest.

    The passage brings Kingston’s property tax rate to $1.17 per $100 valuation.

  • Going Home: More than a year after fire, work finishing on church

    Kingston United Methodist Church members will soon return to their sanctuary for the first time since a fire damaged the building on April 30, 2011.

    The newly renovated sanctuary includes a new stained-glass front window. The chancel area, which was destroyed by the fire, has been rebuilt larger than before with expanded space for the choir, a grand piano and new organ.

    “It’s an exciting time,” said church member Judy Rose. “You just can’t believe how excited we are. It is kind of like a totally new beginning.”

  • DA suspends worker for campaign site signup

    Angie Vittatoe, an employee at the District Attorney General’s Office, was suspended for two days without pay last week for using an office computer to register a domain name for Roane County road superintendent candidate Dennis Ferguson.  

  • Girlfriend in the clear, for now

    The state elected earlier this week not to prosecute Tammy Ellen Rosado on a charge of aggravated domestic assault.
    The 43-year-old woman is not in the clear, however.
    Defense attorney Mike Ritter said he expects prosecutors to seek an indictment against his client with the Roane County grand jury.
    “I think there’s a good possibility that’s going to happen,” he said.
    Rosado allegedly shot her boyfriend, James R. Cobb, on April 4 at the couple’s home on Rosedale Avenue in Kingston.

  • Harriman again looking to grow into Midtown

    Harriman officials are moving forward with a plan for expanding the city’s boundaries into Midtown.
    Though officials are asking Harriman Regional Planning Commission to develop a plan of service for the Hwy. 70, they are stopping short at putting an annexation referendum on the ballot for August.
    “We think we’ve got four yeses and a whole bunch of people who don’t live in their houses,” said Harriman City Council member J.D. Sampson.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Case closed — feeling better about court system

    My mother loves watching court-type TV shows.
    She also loves keeping up with area legal cases — both criminal actions and lawsuits.
    Now and then, she will hear about a particularly outrageous lawsuit or a criminal case and call me in a tizzy about the allegations.
    “Wait a minute,” I sometimes tell her when she takes a side. “You haven’t heard all the facts yet.”
    Over my many years as a journalist, I have covered many a seemingly air-tight case, only to see it unravel in court.

  • Vet takes his causes on the road

    Some people will go all out for a cause.
    For Steven Jacoby, that means walking from Prescott, Ariz., to Washington, D.C.
    He’s protesting reprisals against whistleblowers and what he said is corruption at a Veterans Administration hospital in Arizona.
    His 2,300-mile trek took him through Roane County earlier this week.
    “I camp most of the time, but I’ve had people put me up on their couches, let me tent out in their front yard and sometimes let me sleep in a spare bedroom,” he said.

  • Four Harriman homes getting a facelift

    Four Harriman homes will potentially be rebuilt or remodeled with $250,000 in funds from the Tennessee Housing Development Association 2011 home program.
    Barbara Pearman with Brown, Pearman Russell LLC updated Harriman City Council on the progress with the program on Tuesday.
    “We’ve started working on the work plans,” Pearman said. “We’re still several weeks away.”
    She had previously said it looked like they would be doing three replacements and one renovation.
    That has since changed.

  • Free skin cancer screenings offered

    The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin tour will stop in King-
    ston on June 25 to offer free, full-
    body skin-cancer screenings to the public.
    Screenings will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at Kingston Rite Aid at 106 W. Race St.
    Participants may receive skin-
    cancer information and sunscreen samples.
    Screenings will be performed on a first-come, first-served basis by volun-
    teer dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Anderson.
    Visit www.skincancer.org/tour or call 212-725-5176 for details.
     

  • Homeless woman finds ‘angels’

    hen a pint-sized young woman approached Kingston First Baptist Church about needing a ride and attending church, it didn’t take long for people to realize she really needed much more.
    Two people in particular stepped up to help Stacy, an affable special-needs woman who had traveled to Tennessee from Mississippi. She was living in a motel when she first went to the Kingston church in late January.
    Jenny Tippens and Stacy Byrd were honored recently for that help by Jim Henry, commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.