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  • Lawnville Road stretch closed

    A portion of Lawnville Road will be closed and traffic rerouted next week as Roane County Road Department workers replace a bridge.

    The damaged appears to have been from a tractor trailer.

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said the damage probably happened when traffic was diverted off the interstate, but he’s not certain when.

    “We’ll have them a nice, new bridge that will be wider also,” Ferguson said.

  • MAINTAINING THE MUSIC

    The sensual refrains of a saxophone can often be heard at Roane State Community College.

    When Roland Ledesma takes a break from his custodial work, he often plays.

    Many times he’s practicing music he will later play alongside the Roane State Jazz Band.

    “I have been with them a long time. I started working here about seven years ago. I heard they had a jazz band,” said Ledesma.

    He started taking a class for fun.

  • Kingston goes quiet on noise

    Kingston City Council members agreed not to sound off on noise for at least another month at their Sept. 9 regular council session.

    Council heard from residents of the neighborhood off West Race Street this summer, a neighborhood that had been plagued by a noise problem back in 2012, owing to a pair of area restaurant-bars that had been featuring live patio music several nights per week throughout the warmer months.

  • Pemberton dismisses first lawsuit

    Is 3 minutes and 11 seconds enough time for a fast-food restaurant to remedy a slip hazard?

    New Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton doesn’t think so.

    In his order dismissing a slip-and-fall lawsuit against Hardee’s, Pemberton said the timeframe wasn’t long enough for the restaurant to discover the hazard.

    “Negligence is not to be presumed from the mere happening of an accident,” Pemberton said in the order.

  • County not happy with PR funds distribution

    Roane County Commissioners directed County Attorney Greg Leffew to look into the Roane County Economic Development Foundation’s handling of the $1 million in TVA ash spill public-image repair money.

    The foundation met last week and voted to divide the funds ,with Kingston and Harriman each receiving $375,000, Roane County getting $150,000 and Rockwood, $100,000.

  • Kingston: “We want what’s ours”

    Kingston City Council members sent a strong message at their Sept. 9 council session: “We want what’s ours.”

    Council voted unanimously for a resolution supporting TVA’s plan to split around $1 million dollars in image repair funds between the various local Roane County governments. The money was part of a $43 million package TVA allocated for rehab — both physical and otherwise — after the disastrous 2008 fly ash spill in Kingston.

  • Dogs for the Dawgs fundraiser
  • Alliance Gala back in Roane

    The biggest fundraiser for economic development in Roane County will be held where it belongs.

    The Roane Alliance Gala will be at the expansive Volkswagen distribution center, which opened its doors in East Roane County in 2013.

    It will be hosted by Volkswagen Group of America on Saturday, Nov. 8.

  • Board of Ed makes cuts, eyes reserves

    The Roane County Board of Education made $1.017 million in budget cuts during a special-called meeting Monday.

    The cuts were necessary after the Roane County Commission voted down the board’s request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate last week.

    “That’s their job,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said of the commission, the funding body for the school system. “We just have to live with it.”

  • We all scream for BlueBell