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  • Schools get Shining Star for Tasty Tuesdays

    A healthy eating program in almost all Roane County elementary schools received the 2009-10 Shining Star Award from the Tennessee Governors Council on Physical Fitness and Health.
    The award recognized the Roane County Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program Coalition for Tasty Tuesdays, a program that provides elementary-age children a chance to try different fruits and vegetables each month.
    Educational information is given to educators to share in the classroom.

  • 'There's many things for Roane County I can work for'

    Public service, not politics.
    James “Dub” Harmon said that’s how he always viewed his job as a county commissioner.
    Harmon’s public service may continue, but his days of doing it as a commissioner will come to an end on Tuesday. That’s when current commission terms expire.
    Harmon, the commission’s most senior member in terms of age and tenure, lost his re-election bid earlier this month.   

  • Lawnville bridge work to finish Oct. 31

    For weeks, crews have been doing construction work on the Lawnville Road bridge over Interstate 40 near Kingston in Roane County.
    In an e-mail, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokeswoman Yvette Martinez said the work is a repair project that consists of removing the asphalt layers to expose the concrete deck.
    “Crews checked the deck for any needed partial or full-depth repairs,” she said.
    “Crews will also replace the asphalt layers, which includes a sealer that will help pre-

  • Kingston dress code a no go

    Earlier this summer, Kingston city officials raised the issue of a revised dress code — or, more specifically, a personal appearance code.
    And then they sank it.
    City Manager Jim Pinkerton brought the topic before the city council in July as part of potential changes to the dress and appearance part of Kingston’s personnel manual.

  • Bottle bubbles at Rockwood meth lab site

    A Rockwood man was arrested Thursday morning when authorities learned about a fully operational methamphetamine lab in a rented home near the Rockwood Community Center.
    David Lynn Trentham, 34, son of the person renting the home at 308 Davis St., was taken into custody at the scene.
    “We got information for the last couple weeks of a strong smell coming from the residence,” said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

  • House may be white no more

    Roane County’s white house could have a new look under Ron Woody’s administration.
    “I would love for somebody to donate us another color paint, so we can at least try to match the brick on the jail,” he said.
    Woody takes over as Roane County executive on Sept. 1. He defeated incumbent Mike Farmer in the August election.
    The white house serves as an office for codes enforcement and zoning. It is adjacent to the new jail on Third Street in Kingston.

  • Harriman police opens anonymous tip line

    The Harriman Police Department now has a number for callers that want to share a tip anonymously.
    The anonymous tip hotline is 590-9010. To make sure your number isn’t given, callers can also dial Star-67 before calling the tip line.
    “Sometimes people don’t want to give information if there name is going to be listed. This is a way they can give information anonymously. We won’t even have the number to call  back,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • Forrester aims to bring more youthful ideas to commission

    Ask Nick Forrester why he decided to run for Roane County commissioner and he doesn’t hesitate to answer.
    “To try to make Roane County a better place to live,” he said.
    Forrester is not sure why more people his age aren’t seeking office to try and do the same thing.
    “Your guess is as good as mine,” he said.
    At 25, Forrester will be the youngest member of the county commission. He was also the youngest person to even seek a commission seat in the August election.

  • SLAMMED

    “It was a nightmare.”
    That’s what witness Tiffany Coy — the only stylist who was not injured in a Kingston beauty shop that was rammed by a van Tuesday — said about the accident.
    But she also said things could have been much worse.
    Coy was in a back room of Classic Styles on Race Street when Tuesday’s horrific accident happened.
    Ten people were injured — six of them to the extent they had to be transported out by medical helicopters.
    Two days after the accident, Coy was still sorting things out.

  • County employee raises? Hard to say just yet

    Roane County employees may have to wait until the fall to find out if they will get a raise.
    In June, the budget committee instructed budget director Alva Moore to prepare figures in case they decided to add a 1-percent raise for employees to the proposed 2010-11 fiscal budget.
    Moore said a 1-percent raise would cost taxpayers about $103,000.
    The budget still hasn’t been adopted, and the current budget committee terms expire on Aug. 31.