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  • Lon Mee utility work on track

    Harriman officials say the relocation of utilities under the Lon Mee Bridge is going well.
    “We’ll keep coordinating when we have to get to the road cut on the south end of that, but that is still a little ways out,” Harriman Utility Board Director Bill Young said.
    The utility also continues to make sewer line improvements, particularly on Margrave and other locations.
    The work done by the contractor eliminates a lot of need for digging up sewer lines by using a technology to cut and replace the pipes.
     

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Two wheels rolling the road unknown

    Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6
    As I headed west on Hwy. 70 from the North Carolina state line, my motorcycle windshield looked like it had been through a food fight at McDonald’s.
    Bug splats in mustard yellow and ketchup red covered a surface that had been clean when I left.
    I’d earned that mess, covering around 200 miles on my solo ride.

  • Kingston reassesses board appointments

    Kingston City Council wants you — maybe — to fill future vacancies on city volunteer boards and commissions.
    And city officials are planning, if all goes well, to create a new feature on the city website whereby local residents can sign up for possible service.
    The idea came forth at the October council work session, as council members considered five reappointments to various local boards for its Oct. 8 full council agenda.

  • Lighting change brightens mood in neighborhood

    People on Harriman’s Morgan Avenue are no longer in the dark.
    The city recently finished the lighting phase of the long-overdue Tennessee Department of Transportation Trailhead project which included new walkways and lighting for stretches of Walden and Morgan avenues.
    Harriman Utility Board Manager Bill Young said the city will save even more on the lighting than first thought because the city decided to use utility labor instead of rebidding that portion of the project to outside contractors.

  • Yager gets honorary spot

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been named an honorary member of the Roane State Foundation’s board of directors.
    Yager has a lengthy record of civic involvement.
    He serves as a board member of the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee and the Roane County Heritage Commission. In addition, he is a member of the chambers of commerce in Dayton, Spring City and in Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Pickett, Roane and Scott counties.
    He was named 2013 Legislator of the Year by the East Tennessee Development District.

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  • Alliance program wins big

    From STAFF REPORTS
    The Roane Alliance’s Education Matters! program has been selected as a Gold Award recipient by the International Economic Development Council for Excellence in Economic Development.
    The award was presented at the 2013 IEDC Annual Conference in Philadelphia Monday.

    Receiving the award on behalf of The Alliance was Leslie Henderson, Alliance president andCEO, and Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist at The Alliance.

  • Roane couple charged in robbery spree

    Accused robbers Mark Andrew Randolph and Rufena Jean Bunch face charges in federal court.
    The 35-year-old Randolph was indicted last week by a federal grand jury on five counts of robbery, five counts of using a firearm during a crime and one count of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.  

    He allegedly robbed five businesses between Sept. 19-27.

  • Kingston greenway addition nixed again

    Kingston city officials got some disheartening news about the ongoing Ladd greenway project, even as the happy closing of the project’s first phase approaches.
    Mayor Troy Beets reported at the Oct. 1 council work session that the city’s latest application for a grant to fund the project’s fourth “D” section was turned down by the state. Kingston had already sought a grant for section D before, and had been turned down, but officials hoped that this application would be more successful.