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  • Governor’s race may be a boost to election turnout

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com
    About 12,300 Roane Countians voted in the August election. Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he’s hoping for a bigger turnout for the Nov. 2 election.
    “I think the governor’s race always fascinates people,” Holiway said. “They’re very interested in who’s going to lead the state.”
    Republican Bill Haslam and Democrat Mike McWherter are vying to become the state’s next governor. Fourteen Independent candidates are also on the ballot.

  • Van Hook ancestry featured in museum

    Preserving history, particularly the family history, was an important part of the life of Stonewall Jackson Van Hook Jr., the former Oliver Springs doctor known by “S.J.”
    “Dad was kind of a family historian,” said Joe Van Hook, Oliver Springs city judge and recorder.
    Now, part of the family history he’s preserved has been donated to the Tennessee State Museum, which is showcasing part of those items in Tennessee: A People’s Legacy, an exhibit paying homage to the residents that contributed to the state’s rich history.

  • Local man a contender in national chef contest

    John Murphy, 23, a Harriman native and current Washington, D.C., resident, advanced to the semifinals in the Sears Chef Challenge and competed alongside three other chefs from Chicago, Los Angeles and New York.
    Murphy was one of 24 chefs chosen to compete in the Sears Chef Challenge, which strives to discover new chefs while helping food charities.
    He represented Miriam’s Kitchen, a nonprofit agency that works with the homeless, in Washington D.C. Murphy has worked as the assistant director of kitchen operations there for a year.

  • Plateau Park unraveling?

    In 2007, the Roane County Commission approved the borrowing of $2.5 million to join Cumberland and Morgan counties in an industrial park venture.
    Now infrastructure issues have some officials second guessing the decision.
    After listening to a presentation at the Oct. 18 commission meeting, new commissioner Randy Ellis questioned whether it is wise for Roane County to stay involved in the project.      
    “Do we need to sell what we got, cut our losses and move on?” he asked.

  • Permanent Peace Walk

  • Ferguson rep to meet with constituents

    State Rep. Dennis Ferguson’s field representative, Donna Davis, is holding three monthly listening meetings on Wednesday, Oct, 27, for his constituents.

    The first will be at 310 N. Kentucky St. in Kingston from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.  
    The second meeting will be at 131 Britain Village, Oliver Springs, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.  The last  will be at the Oak Ridge Turnpike Gatehouse on Hwy. 95 in Oak Ridge from 3- 4:30 p.m.
     

  • VA clinic reopens under new group

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com
    The VA Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood reopened on Monday. A contracting issue is to blame for its temporary closure in September, according to the VA’s Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

  • Trash problem tossed about

    Collecting for trash pickup is a difficult  endeavor for Harriman.
    Waste Connections is picking up for residents that are not being billed or not making their payments — leaving the city to pay the difference.
    City Treasurer Charles Kerley said the problem cost the city $121,000 last fiscal year.
    “It is just $10,” City Councilman Buddy Holley said. “My gosh that is a bargain.”
    That $10 allows residents to have up to four cans picked up once each week.

  • Female Navy veteran enjoys flight of honor

    Madeline Moates spent World War II as a Navy Wave, joining the effort as a young woman.
    The women’s branch of service contributed in many ways, often taking on roles left behind by soldiers that went to the front lines.
    “I sat there at that desk and kept up with the boats coming in,” the Roane County resident said.
    Not only did she contribute to the effort, but she also met her late husband, Frank, while in service in San Diego.

  • Christmas Ideas Fair Nov. 4-5

    Are you already thinking of the people on your Christmas gift list?
    Roane County FCE has scheduled its annual Christmas Ideas Fair for Nov. 4-5.
    The event at Kingston Community Center includes demonstrations and handmade crafts, door prizes, a doll raffle and a silent auction.
    The event runs from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, and from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.