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    The sun isn’t the only thing that might be blacked out on Aug. 21.

    “We’re going to blackout litter on Aug. 21 when the eclipse comes through,” Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.

    To do that, the Road Department is encouraging students to bring five aluminum cans to school to be recycled in exchange for a pair of solar eclipse glasses.

  • Duo charged with shooting

    Jason Whitefield didn’t act alone when he allegedly shot a Lenoir City woman in Kingston earlier this year.

    He had help, and now he and the alleged accomplice, 28-year-old Crystal Dawn Benton, are facing charges in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Whitefield is charged with one count of especially aggravated robbery, two counts of child abuse/neglect and two counts of reckless endangerment.

    Benton is charged with especially aggravated robbery and two counts of child abuse/neglect  

  • Largen appeals annexation suit with Harriman

    Gerald Largen has not given up his fight against the city of Harriman just yet.

    The retired attorney and Harriman landowner is appealing the rulings of Roane County Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton, who dismissed Largen’s suit to void the city’s decades-old annexation into South Harriman.

    “That will be developing in the coming weeks with the [Tennessee] Court of Appeals,” said Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn.

    Rehn is not representing the city in this case. Attorney Michael Kelley is.

  • Festival to celebrate naturalist’s trek

    Roane County Tourism and the City of Kingston will be hosting an event next month to commemorate the 150th anniversary of naturalist John Muir’s visit to the area.

    The Muir Festival at Fort Southwest Point on Sept. 9 will feature music, food and educational programs designed to bring attention to environmental issues. 

    Recognized as “The Father of the National Parks System” and the founder of the Sierra Club, Muir passed through Kingston on Sept. 12, 1867 on his 1,000-mile walk from Kentucky to Florida.  

  • Harriman looks to buckle down on park security

    Harriman is looking at protecting the city’s recreation facilities with changes in personnel and security measures.

    Many community members are growing weary of seeing vandalism, particularly at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “Is there anything we can do to contribute financially to get cameras or whatever? We would be willing to do that,” said Pat Ramsey.

  • Taking back the city Codes vacancy turning things ‘upside down’

    Harriman is focused on cleaning up the city, even if that means going after property owners who have their properties in states of disrepair.

    Mayor Wayne Best thought the city was making headway on cleanup efforts, but he said he’s seen it come undone now that there is a vacancy in that position.

    “It is turning upside down in Harriman again. It is a shame we worked so hard and we are backtracking again,” said Best.

  • Harriman police investigating death

    Harriman police are looking into the cause of death of a man whose body was found Wednesday evening at a Harriman Housing Authority apartment.

    A release from the city of Harriman said police are treating the investigation as a homicide.

    A caller told 911 dispatchers that David Smith, of 1742 Bennett Circle, had not answered his door in a couple of days.

    The caller said Smith could be seen through a window and worried he might be dead.

  • Gassing up ends with carjacking

    A Harriman man was allegedly carjacked for a 1993 Nissan Altima at the Exxon gas station on North Kentucky Street in Kingston Monday morning.

    The vehicle along with the suspect was later found in Putnam County by Cookeville police.

    The suspect was identified as 36-year-old Benjamin Franklin Dees of 209 Smith St., McMinnville. Kingston Police Department Detective Keith Kile charged him with carjacking and assault.

  • Rockwood residents worry about lake weed treatment

    Despite assurances from utility officials, some Rockwood residents are concerned that the use of herbicide to combat invasive aquatic weeds poses a threat to the community.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas temporarily suspended pumping several weeks ago after a TVA contractor sprayed herbicide near its raw water intake.

    A statement from Kim Ramsey, utility general manager, later acknowledged that the utility was not aware spraying would be done so close to the intake.

  • Skinny dipping

    Both man and beast are looking for relief from the August heat — and a deer found a way to cool down with a swim in Watts Bar Lake.