Local News

  • City revision a sign of the times

    The words from the old Five Man Electrical Band 1960’s hippie-rock nugget “Signs” could have been the soundtrack to a lengthy discussion that opened this month’s Kingston City Council work session:
    Signs, signs, everywhere signs. Blockin’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind …
    Council discussed a new, significantly revamped sign ordinance for the city, though it ultimately decided to table the issue until November at the suggestion of City Manager Jim Pinkerton.

  • Rabies shots to be available Saturday in Oliver Springs

    A rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Greene Farm and Garden at 645 E. Tri County Blvd., Oliver Springs.
    Rabies shots are $10; annual distemper and parvo shots for dogs are also available for $10.
    Call Green’s at 435-4808 or Planned Pet-Hood at 882-9966 for details.

  • Band complaints prompt Kingston proposal limiting late-night noise

    Kingston City Council members tried speaking softly to a repeat violator of local noise ordinance.
    Now they’re pulling out the big stick.
    In this instance, the stick comes in the form of a revised ordinance that specifies actual decibel levels allowable at various times of day.
    Council members agreed at the Oct. 2 work session to vote on the ordinance’s first reading at the Oct. 9 full session.

  • Pizza may come with fire truck in Harriman

    Order a pizza at Domino’s in Harriman during Fire Prevention Week and customers might get a visit from the Harriman Fire Department.
    City firefighters are partnering with Domino’s Monday through Friday of this week from 5 to 7 p.m.
    A fire truck will tag along with delivery drivers to some of the calls in the city limits of Harriman.
    Residents who are visited by the fire trucks will get their order for free if they have working smoke alarms. 
    It’s a good deal, even for those without working smoke alarms.

  • Evacuation blamed on critter

    Residents of Harriman Gardens apartment complex were evacuated from their residences Sunday evening because of a fire.
    Authorities said a fluffy-tailed rodent was to blame.
    “There was a squirrel that got into a main bank of HUB’s power grid block,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said. “It kicked breakers and caused some electrical fires in both buildings, 925 and 929 Sewanee (St).”

  • ‘Big one’ work set to start in 2013: Upgrades to intersection at Hwys. 58, 70

    Don White has a succinct and appropriate name for the planned intersection upgrade to Hwys. 58 and 70 — the single most-significant project pending in Kingston right now at a half-million dollars.

    He calls it, simply, “the big one.”

    White, Kingston City Council’s transportation committee chairman, had both in-person and mail correspondence with Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional Director Steve Borden this summer.

  • Vets told clinic closing

    Roane County veterans began receiving letters last week informing them of the pending closure of the Roane County Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood.

    The clinic, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, is scheduled to close Oct. 31, according to the letter.

    One of those who received notification was U.S. Navy veteran Ray Collett, a former Rockwood City Council member.

    Collett said on Friday he had been calling all morning to find out where he will go if he needs medical treatment.

  • Midtown firms nix Harriman annexation

    A handful of Midtown business owners aren’t interested in being part of Harriman — despite arguments it will make their property values jump and more commercially appealing.

    Harriman officials listening voted down a resolution to have an annexation referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

    Officials, however, indicated they may revisit the issue to look at interested property owners.

  • Today’s the last day to register to vote

    Columbus Day is a holiday for most Roane County Courthouse workers.

    The Roane County Election Commission, however, is open and doing business as usual today, Monday.

    “Even though this is a holiday for courthouse employees, our office will be open, since Oct. 8 is the deadline to register for this election,” said a release from the election commission.

    Election Day is Nov. 6. Early voting for state and federal races is Oct. 17-Nov. 1. Call the Election Commission at 376-3184 for details.

  • New device to help with proper extinguisher use

    Rockwood firefighters recently unveiled a new training device that they hope will encourage proper use of fire extinguishers.

    The Bullex IST Extreme Trainer features three different fire scenarios: electric motor, pot on stove and wastebasket.

    “We did some finagling, but this is basically a $10,000 unit,” said Matthew Crabtree, assistant fire chief.

    “According to the manufacturer, we’re the only small-timers in the area that have got it.”