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  • 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.

  • EPA offers list of summer tips

    Planning fun summer activities, such as beach trips, hiking, and gardening? Follow U.S. Environmental Protection Agency tips — good for your health, your wallet, and your environment.

    Air Quality

  • McFarland turns to PR firm in race

    Tom McFarland has retained the services of a Chattanooga public relations firm to assist him in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    When the Roane County News attempted to contact McFarland last week, Robin Smith of SmithWaterhouse responded on his behalf.  

    “Mr. McFarland has requested that any inquiries on behalf of the Roane County News be directed to me,” Smith said by email.

  • Backpacks help feed hungry kids

    Many Roane County school children go home each weekend during the school year with a backpack full of foods.

    That’s thanks to a Second Harvest of East Tennessee program and the donations of local organizations and people, like Kingston dentist James Walmsley.

    “For me, with having three kids of our own, the thought of having to see my kid be hungry, or if they ask for something and not having it, that just breaks my heart,” said Shannon Walmsley, the office manager and wife of the dentist.

  • Mourning mom wants to help others with loss

    On Aug. 2 2011, a seemingly healthy 21-year-old man never awakened, dying in his sleep from an undetected heart defect.

    Melissa Childs isn’t over the loss of her son, Josh Humphreys, and she doesn’t know if she ever will. She does know something that helped her, and she wants to share that blessing in Roane County.

    She wants to start a local chapter of Listening Hearts, a support group for bereaved mothers.

    “These ladies have helped me tremendously,” she said. “Even if I can help one person, that is my goal.”

  • Harriman woman to be sentenced in Alcoa theft

    Kathy Ann Winters, a 58-year-old Harriman woman, has an Oct. 7 court date before U.S. District Judge Pamela L. Reeves.

    Winters is scheduled to be sentenced that day for embezzling. She pleaded guilty in federal court last month.

    Winters was federal projects administrative assistant for Alcoa City Schools and treasurer for the East Tennessee Attendance Supervisors Association and Tennessee Attendance Supervisors Steering Committee.

  • Fine won’t keep Miles out of clerk race

    An unpaid state fine won’t keep circuit court clerk candidate Marty Miles off the ballot for the Aug. 7 election.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he spoke with Bureau of Ethics and Campaign Finance Executive Director Drew Rawlins about the issue last week.

    “His name will stay on the ballot because it is a local office he’s running for,” Holiway said.

    Miles said he also contacted the state about the issue and got confirmation that it’s OK for him to remain on the ballot.

  • Friendships forged in the big fight for freedom

    They were boys when they met — boys who had to grow quickly into men, encountering danger in the sweltering, swampy jungles of Vietnam.

    They were a recon team who slipped quietly through the murky landscape, spying on the enemy, fighting when it came to it, and taking prisoners in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

    “You made decisions most 19-, 20-, 22-year old boys don’t have to make,” said Bill Milburn, who was platoon sergeant.

    Milburn said at 22, he was the oldest guy there while he served.

  • GI Associates working with Veterans Affairs

    Gastrointestinal Associates is now working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer gastroenterology procedures – including colonoscopy screenings – to East Tennessee veterans.

    This new relationship means that when the Mountain Home VA Medical Center has developed a backlog of endoscopic procedures, Gastrointestinal Associates will provide endoscopic services to ensure that veterans are served in a safe, effective and timely manner.

  • Look Before You Lock — it may save a child’s life

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is reminding licensed child care providers across the state that are approved to transport children of the licensing rules and preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during summer months.

    In doing so, DHS licensing staff will be making extra visits to monitor child care agencies.

    DHS is also encouraging parents and caregivers to “Look Before You Lock” car doors upon exit so that children are not left in the sweltering heat of a locked vehicle.