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  • Former excavator given immunity in Pinnacle Pointe dispute

    Harriman city officials have secured legal immunity for a bankrupt contractor in their dispute with Pinnacle Pointe developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan.

    The immunity is for Brian Mullins, who was hired by Prestige Land Co. to perform earthwork on the project.

    In a letter to the editor last year, Harriman City Treasurer Charles Kerley called Pinnacle Pointe “an innovative idea that was to be a good public/private partnership.”

  • Fire at house where teen was slain

    Tragedy struck a Kingston home for the second time in less than two years on Thursday.

    Kingston fire and police departments responded to a house fire at 516 N. Third St. shortly after 10 a.m.

    “We went in and did a search of the house,” Fire Chief Willie Gordon said. “While we were attacking the fire we found a lady in the bathroom in the bathtub.”

    The woman, Sandra Webb, was in critical condition at the Vanderbilt Burn Center in Nashville on Friday.

  • Shoe-in out in Oliver Springs race

    The unopposed candidate for Oliver Springs alderman in Ward 6 might have seemed like a shoe-in.

    However. officials say Deneise Terry is ineligible because she doesn’t live in the ward.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway confirmed what Oliver Springs officials have said.

    Holiway said that Terry’s street, Tri County Boulevard, is a dividing line for the wards and that those lines fall in the middle of the street.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Summer books are stacking up

    After falling behind a couple of years, I started my personal summer reading program early this year.

    And still the books are piling up.

    Just this week I finished the last book in the most wonderful trilo1gy of works by Ferrol Sams, an author who ought to be much more widely known than he is.

    The semi-autobiographical trio of books began with Run With the Horsemen, in which a smart, young Porter Osborne Jr. sorts out life and conflict on a Georgia farm during the Depression.

  • Construction force voting change in Harriman

    People who normally vote at Bowers Elementary School in Harriman will vote at the South Harriman Baptist Church Family Life Center on Tuesday.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said construction at the elementary school is the reason for the change.

    Holiway said he was notified Thursday morning that the school wouldn’t be available.

    Holiway said the change will only affect people who vote at the South Harriman precinct.

  • Rarity Ridge properties auctioned for $9 million

    A foreclosure sale for properties in Rarity Ridge subdivision netted $9 million on Thursday.

    The purchaser was listed as RL REGI-TN OAK LLC.

    The sale took place on the steps of the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

    Kyle Baisley, an attorney with the Knoxville firm Baker Donelson, was representing RL REGI.   

    “The property is being sold all together, everything as a whole, all real and personal property,” he said.

  • United they worship

    Bethel Presbyterian and Kingston United Methodist churches have been close for years.
    So much so that when renovations for Bethel started in 2008, the two youth and young adult groups merged and have been inseparable and indistinguishable since.
    After Kingston United Methodist's fire April 30, the church has been meeting at Bethel Presbyterian, but they have also shared services in the past.
    Before the fire, they would meet every fifth Sunday.

  • Bids awarded for construction of new elementary school

    A Knoxville company will build Roane County’s new elementary school.

    The new school will be located on Ollis Road near Oliver Springs.

    The school board plans to close Dyllis Elementary School after the new school is built.

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Rouse Construction for the project during a special-called meeting last month.

    “We’re excited,” Rouse project manager Alan Calhoun said. “It’s a big thing for Roane County, and it’s a big thing for us.”

  • Ambulance outsourcing off the table

    Roane County is no longer considering outsourcing its entire ambulance operation.  

    “Not at this juncture,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “We’re at a point in time where we think this thing can turn around.”

    Getting there has required some changes. Director Gloria Wright was demoted in April.

    She retired instead of continuing in a lesser position with the department.

  • Sheriff's office seeks to add one detective

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office will soon have another detective working the streets.

    The department’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year was approved by the budget committee last month. It includes funding for a new detective.   

    “That’s a dire need at the sheriff’s office because I’ve got three horses that are worn plumb out,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “It’s unbelievable.”