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  • Kingston to swear in new councilmen

    A swearing-in ceremony for newly elected Kingston City Council members will be at 10 a.m. July 1 at Fort Southwest Point in Kingston.
    Kingston City Attorney Jack H. “Sandy” McPherson Jr. will administer the oaths of office.
    Outgoing council members Teresa Nichols and Brant Williams will receive plaques in appreciation of their service to the city.

  • Coal liquifaction plant moves on

    An industry that was pursuing land in Plateau Partnership Park has decided to go to Morristown, taking the hundreds of jobs it was proposing to create with it.

    Roane County Commissioners had heard that the plant might be locating in Morristown this week, but were unsure whether that move would come to fruition.

    “Will it happen in Morristown? Are they still talking to Plateau Partnership? I don’t know, either,” County Executive Ron Woody told commissioners Monday.  

  • Raises in store for equalization board

    Members of the Roane County Board of Equalization could be getting a boost in pay.

    On June 3, the county’s budget committee voted to increase the board’s pay from $100 to $150.

    “They shouldn’t get a raise,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said. “That’s a 50-percent raise for them when our employees are looking at nothing.”

    The budget committee is still working on a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Raises for the county employees have not been included so far.

  • Geocaching: A treasure hunt by numbers

    Hidden all over Roane County are caches of hidden “treasure” that explorers search out just for the thrill of the hunt. 


    Geocaching has been a popular pasttime for 11 years and involves treasure-hunters plugging coordinates into a GPS device and navigating their way to find a stash of random trinkets with a log to sign.


    The size of caches hidden range from small, such as the inside of a bullet shell with a rolled-up piece of paper to sign, to large — a coffee can with a log and trinkets inside to trade and track online. 


  • Phillips attends prestigious FBI school

    Tim Phillips, chief deputy of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, recently returned from spending 10 weeks at the FBI National Training Academy in Quantico, Va.

    “That was probably one of the best things I’ve ever done in law enforcement,” Phillips said. “You know, I’ve been to a lot of schools, a lot of seminars; but meeting the people, building the networks, getting the education, and being able to come back and utilize the information with the other people here is pretty awesome.”

  • School repair projects abound this summer

    Saying it needs more time for review, the Roane County budget committee has postponed its Friday meeting.

    On the agenda was the Roane County Schools budget, which is on the agenda for approved at the school board meeting Thursday.

    Officials have rescheduled that budget meeting for Wednesday, June 22, at 2 p.m.

  • Schools oppose funding reduction

    The Roane County Board of Education plans to vote on a resolution Thursday that asks the county commission to not cut the funding for the school system.

    The resolution is in response to actions taken by the commission’s budget committee.

  • Houston finds no judicial sympathy

    Rocky Houston was shrugged off by the latest in his string of attorneys Monday, then chastised by a judge and thrown out of the courthouse by sheriff’s deputies.

    Even so, he seemed undeterred. Houston stood outside under the morning sun, raised a hand to the sky and answered a reporter’s question about his distrust of defense counsel with a preacher’s conviction.

    “I’ve got a good lawyer, and his name is Christ,” Houston said.

  • HUB names Young new chief

    A familiar face will be serving as Harriman Utility Board’s new general manager.

    Assistant Manager Bill Young was unanimously selected as the new manager at a special-called meeting last week.

    On July 1, he will be replacing Chuck Flora, who is retiring after working for the utility 35 years.

  • Storms force TVA rates higher

    TVA officials say ratepayers can blame spring storm damage for the increase they can expect bills after July 1.

    The TVA website said that the total monthly fuel cost will increase from 2.366 cents per kilowatt-hour to 2.689 per kilowatt-hour, an increase in the average wholesale price of 4.5 percent.

    The website said the July fuel cost will increase residential customers bills between $3 and $6 depending on usage.