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  • One suite damaged in Budget Inn fire

    A late-night Thursday fire damaged one suite at the Budget Inn on Gallaher Road in Kingston.

    Kingston Fire Department were dispatched to the scene at 11:15 p.m.

    “The fire was in one room, which was a downstairs suite,” said Kingston Fire Department Lt. Eddie Lentz. “

    The fire was contained to one suite with no extensions. It didn’t get into anywhere else,” Lentz added.

    “There was some smoke, but we ventilated the rooms with the fans.”

  • Back at work after disaster

    Seven weeks out of knee surgery, and Amy Riddle is back standing at a salon chair.

    One of 10 injured when a van crashed into Kingston’s Classic Styles Salon three months ago, Riddle has opened her own shop, Cuts and Beyond.

    “Nobody has went back to work but me, that was injured,” Riddle said. “I have to give God all the credit, because without Him I wouldn’t be here and without him I wouldn’t have this shop.

  • REU sued by former manager

    A former Rockwood Electric Utility manager from the 1980s-90s thinks the utility should pay not his medical insurance, but also that of both his current and former wives.

    That was part of the proposed offer made and discussed last week by the utility’s board, who took the matter pertaining to former manager Charles Johnson under consideration.

    “We don’t believe we should be obligated to do that,” said REU Manager Kendall Bear.

  • Dunn Center recipient of $100,000 trust

    The Michael Dunn Foundation’s focus is on helping make sure the Michael Dunn Center can continue serving Roane County’s developmentally disabled well into the future.

    Martin and Dorothy Skinner are among the Foundations biggest advocates.

    The couple recently did their own part to contribute to the agency’s future by donating $100,000 through a charitable remainder annuity trust.

  • Bedbugs not the end of the world

    Bedbug infestations are a growing problem, and their continuous resurgence has been a hot news topic of late.

    “They are actually just now getting into our area really bad,” said Jerry Hicks, who operates Jerry Exterminating in Harriman.

    The sight of one of those brown, apple-seed-sized bugs may make your skin crawl, but small infestations don’t mean the end of the world.

    It certainly doesn’t mean a residence is unclean.

    Bedbug infestations can happen in just about any type of location.

  • Hurley discusses her plans for Roane

    “It’s been interesting,” newly elected state Rep. Julia Hurley told the Roane County Chamber of Commerce about the race that won her a seat in Nashville.

    Speaking at the Chamber’s Tuesday luncheon at Roane State Community College, she talked about her triumph over incumbent Dennis Ferguson.

  • Where's your property tax bill?

    Property owners anxiously awaiting their new tax bills will have to wait a little while longer.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said she doesn’t expect notices to be sent out before Thanksgiving.  

    “We’re telling the people who call that once we get the notices we’ll try to get them in the mail as soon as possible,” Eblen said. “That’s all we can tell them.”

    Eblen said a lot of the callers own property in Roane County, but live out of state.

  • Where's your property tax bill?

    Property owners anxiously awaiting their new tax bills will have to wait a little while longer.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said she doesn’t expect notices to be sent out before Thanksgiving.  

    “We’re telling the people who call that once we get the notices we’ll try to get them in the mail as soon as possible,” Eblen said. “That’s all we can tell them.”

    Eblen said a lot of the callers own property in Roane County, but live out of state.

  • Fire damages Budget Inn

    A fire broke out late Thursday night at the Budget Inn on Gallaher Road in Kingston. 

    The Kingston Fire Department had the blaze under control in minutes, although damage was done to both the first and second floor of the unit.

    More details to come.

  • I-40 tractor trailer wreck