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  • Starved child case grinds through court

    The case against the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death continues to wind slowly through the court system.

    Matthew and Amanda Dotson had a hearing scheduled in Roane County Criminal Court on Monday.

    The case was rescheduled, and a new date won’t be determined until the Aug. 15 docket sounding.

  • Kingston votes for zoning change

    A nearly full house showed to see Kingston City Council vote on a proposed rezoning that would enable a planned car dealership and retail development off North Kentucky Street.

    Most of the audience went home with the same concerns they brought into the council room, as council voted 7-0 to approve the rezoning on first reading.

    The rezoning concerns a 47-acre parcel near Davis and Dogwood drives in Kingston. Jerry Duncan Ford is planning a move from its current Harriman location to be closer to the interstate.

  • Young gardeners put in work
  • Rockwood may seek hotel help

    Could Rockwood support a hotel?

    Officials would like to find out, hoping the revenue generator would do well, especially during baseball season when teams and their families fill area Harriman hotels and spill into other areas.

    City officials are looking at hiring a hotel consulting firm, Diamond Hotel Consulting Group, to do a feasibility study  according to Mayor James Watts.

    From fishing tournaments kicking off at Tom Fuller Park to more ball tournaments, Rockwood officials see opportunities for tourism dollars.

  • Voting machines locked, loaded for elections

    Ninety machines residents will use to cast ballots for the Aug. 7 election were programmed Wednesday.

    “You all have the longest ballot that maybe I’ve ever seen down here this time,” Casey Hayden with Harp Enterprises said.   Harp provides election support for 34 counties in Tennessee.

  • Kingston gives thought to noisy bar problems

    Kingston City Council members plan to stay quiet about noise for another month.

    After a period of reflection and study, they hope to come back in August with some needed tweaks to the city’s noise ordinance, which is a subject of debate once again after causing a stir in 2012.

    The problems have arisen in the same neighborhood that was the source of complaints two years ago.

  • Oliver Springs fined $175,000+

    Oliver Springs, a town once renowned for healthful waters, has been slammed with fines for releasing poorly treated sewage into its main creek.

    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has levied more than $175,000 in damages and penalties for violations of the Water Quality Control Act.

  • Contaminated site set for cleanup

    Harriman officials can look forward to seeing a final cleanup of contaminants at the paper mill property.

    “The (U.S.) EPA has contracted with a contractor to clean up this site,” said Councilman Buddy Holley. “They said they’d be done within the year.”

    Holley has been the most vocal about the site, which was once operated by Mead Corp., followed by a few other companies.

    “Mead Corp. has private contractors cleaning up their part,” added Holley. “Mead is cleaning up most of it.”

  • Swan Pond Road work to remove concrete barriers

    STAFF REPORTS

    As cleanup from the 2008 ash spill winds down, TVA will be temporarily closing one lane of Swan Pond Road the week of July 14 to remove concrete barriers and install guardrails next to the Kingston recovery site.

    The work is expected to last about one week.

    The lane closure will take place between the intersection with Swan Pond Circle extending south toward the plant entrance.

    Crews will be using flags at either end of the closure to direct traffic during that time.

  • Controversial development up for first reading vote

    Having passed the city planning commission, discussion of a proposed rezoning to enable a major development off North Kentucky Street came before Kingston City Council at its work session last week.

    And just like at the aforementioned planning meeting, a group of concerned citizens from the affected neighborhoods expressed skepticism about the proposal.

    The development, proposed by property owners Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan, would include a Ford dealership, and possibly a big-box store, plus some other retail, on a 47-acre parcel.