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  • TVA to test sirens at Kingston

    Tennessee Valley Authority’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, July 5.
    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries. The public is advised that this is only a test.
    The sirens are used to notify plant personnel in the event of a chemical release at the plant.

  • Kingston fireworks display still a go

    Though hot and dry conditions persist through the Fourth of July holiday, the city of Kingston is still poised today to give the good ol’ U.S.A. a birthday celebration befitting the land of the free, complete with a fireworks extravaganza at dark. The reason? “The fallout zone is on the water,” Kingston Park and Recreation Director Rick Ross confirmed Monday. Extra precautions are being taken, including wetting down the launch area. “We plan like this every year,” he said. The all-day celebration includes festivities around Kingston’s waterfront.

  • Three board hopefuls eyeing new RCHS building

    District 5/6, which includes the city of Kingston and East Roane County, has three seats on the Roane County Board of Education.

    Four people are vying for those three spots in this year’s election.

    The group consists of incumbents Marjorie Earick, Rob Jago and Hugh Johnson.

    Newcomer Rhonda Mossing is also running for one of the seats.

    Early voting runs from July 13-28. Election Day is Aug. 2.   

    Marjorie Earick

  • Salvation Army in need of a few good volunteers

    A dedicated but small group of people have kept the Salvation Army in Roane County going strong, but members would like to see a turnaround on their dwindling numbers.

    “Instead of the Salvation Army, we’re down to the Salvation Battalion,” quipped board member Bob Lepsig. “We need to get some folks.”

    The organization is responsible for finding volunteers to ring the bells at their famous Christmastime red kettles for donations that go to help people in the community, including those in emergency situations.

  • Pick and win Tennessee Products

    Pamela Bartholomew shares recipes and more with consumers such as Rockwood’s George Sartin last week at the Harriman Farmers Market.

    Sartin and others who went to the market registered to win a basket filled with Pick Tennessee Products, items produced in the state.

    Bartholomew, agritourism and farmers market marketing specialist with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, was at the Harriman market as part of the Pick Tennessee promotional tour to different farmers markets throughout East Tennessee.

  • Rockwood cuts administrator funds

    Rockwood City Council still can’t agree on a new city budget, but council members did see eye-to-eye last week on one thing.

    They removed funding for the city administrator position in the 2012 continuing budget they approved to allow the city to operate beyond the state’s July 1 budget deadline.

    Both Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Councilman Mike Freeman have been City Administrator Jack Miller’s staunchest supporters.

  • Issue raised over Ryans’ dual roles

    The June 18 State Election Commission meeting in Nashville included an agenda item about Roane County Election Commissioner Jim Ryans.

    The issue concerned Ryans serving as both a Roane County election commissioner and member of the county Board of Public Utilities.

    “The commission decided to seek an AG’s (attorney general’s) opinion as to whether it was legal for someone to serve on both the election commission and the utilities board,” said Blake Fontenay, a state spokesman.

  • Accused killer found in Miss.

    Mississippi authorities have in custody a man facing murder charges in Roane County for the death of a young woman last October.

    Shawn Smoot was indicted this month by a Roane County grand jury in the death of 23-year-old Brooke Morris and failed to appear for his arraignment on Monday, June 25.

    Morris’ remains were found in October at Blair Road and Old Blair Road.

    Police knew he was in Mississippi and located him about 10 p.m. Tuesday night, when he was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and Pearl River County sheriff’s deputies.

  • Harvest pays for mission travel

    South Harriman Baptist Church youth are feeding their flock while raising money for a mission trip to Iowa. Youth minister Matt Edwards got the idea of putting in a garden near the church as a fundraiser for the youth group’s mission trip to Iowa in July.

    Church members take the produce off a table at the church and leave a donation.

  • Candidate’s qualifications questioned

    Questions have arisen concerning Dennis Ferguson’s qualifications to run for Roane County road superintendent.    

    “I’ve never known Dennis to build a road,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “Have you?”

    The issue has also been raised by one of Ferguson’s opponents in the Aug. 2 election.

    “There’s some big questions about it,” candidate Brian Mullins said.