Local News

  • From Big Room to dream come true

    The Michael Dunn Center is known for its ability to change lives — and its latest transformation enables the group to do even more.

    That change converts a classroom known as The Big Room to an outpatient physical therapy room at the Kingston facility on Gallaher Road.

    The Big Room was formerly a space for activities like arts and crafts, but fewer people were coming to the facility due to state and federal rules and Michael Dunn Center changes in policy, said Dee Ann Lindsay, Michael Dunn vice president of day programs.

  • No anticipated ’19 property tax hike in Kingston

    Despite slow revenue growth, the city of Kingston was able to balance its fiscal 2018-19 operating budget with no contribution from the fund balance and no tax increase.

    City Manager David Bolling outlined the high points of the budget to the City Council last week.

    “I feel this is a tremendous accomplishment for us and would highly recommend that we continue this practice,” he said, referring to the ability to balance the budget without resorting to the fund balance.

  • Korean War soldier from Harriman identified, buried in St. Petersburg

    The remains of a soldier from Harriman, missing in action since the Korean War, were recently buried with full military honors, according to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.

    U.S. Army Cpl. Thomas H. Mullins, 18, of Harriman, accounted for on June 8, 2017, was buried March 29 in Bay Pines National Cemetery, St. Petersburg, Fla.

    “As a Tennessee teenager, Tommy bravely answered a call to protect our freedom and gave the ultimate sacrifice in a prison camp far from home,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.

  • ELECTION 2018: The race is on for U.S. Congress

    By Hugh Willett and David Doonan

    Candidates in the race for the 3rd Congressional District were in the area last week meeting with voters to deliver messages focused on health care and the economy.

    Republican Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and his Democratic challenger Dr. Danielle Mitchell are both hoping to align their pitches with voter concerns.

    Fleischmann was quick to point out the positive effects of the recent tax cut, which he claimed has benefitted both individuals and businesses in his district.

  • Can county find $68 million?

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has crunched some numbers and come up with some estimates on what the County Commission will need to do should it choose to fund the school system’s $68 million building plan.

  • 2 up for trustee; Woody, Morgan for exec

    Roane County will have a new trustee come Sept. 1. Incumbent Wilma Eblen chose not to seek re-election this year.

    Nick Forrester and Chris Mason are vying to replace her. Bina Kirby, who works in the Trustee’s Office, qualified to run last month. Assistant Administrator of Elections Holly Cromwell said Kirby withdrew from the race Thursday morning.

    Election Day is Aug. 2.

  • Sheriff unopposed for 4th term

    Races for Roane County sheriff have sparked some heated contests over the years.

    “There’s been some really hot races,” Roane County Historian Robert Bailey said.

    That won’t be the case this year. Incumbent Jack Stockton was the only person to file to run for the office.

    “That’s amazing,” Bailey said. “It really is.”

    The deadline to file was noon Thursday. Stockton was in Franklin attending a Tennessee Sheriffs’ Association meeting.

  • Energy efficiency and a million-dollar fire truck

    A $900,000 ladder/pumper truck combination is among the items Rockwood is considering using approximately $6 million in borrowed funds to purchase.

    It would meet the needs of two vehicles, replacing a 1991 ladder truck and a 1976 pumper truck.

    “We’ll be able to combine these two with a new ladder pumper truck. We’ll pay $500,000 down,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Roane cleans up on cleaning up

    Efforts to battle litter in Roane County are receiving recognition from state officials.

    The 2018 Annual Litter Grant Report from the Tennessee Department of Transportation highlights programs in use by Roane County to educate citizens about litter reduction.

    Litter grants are the primary funding mechanism for litter reduction and awareness programs conducted by the county Road Department, said Tony Brown, deputy road superintendent.

  • ‘People get mean’

    Business owners in Kingston are concerned about a lack of parking in the downtown area.

    Speaking during the public comment period of a recent City Council workshop, business owners said the parking situation is hurting their business.

    Kyrie Taylor, owner of Everly Blue women’s fashion boutique on North Kentucky Street, said the limited parking available to her customers is a concern.

    The problem is especially bad during days when court is in session, she said.

    “I felt like it was time to do something,” Taylor said.