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  • Election officials gear up for ’18 decision

    The Aug. 2 county general election and state primary is anticipated to be a major event for Roane County.

    “I think it will be a pretty good-sized election next year,” said Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

    “It should be a big election, because all the county officials except the property assessor and road superintendent, they are all up.”

  • New Margrave bridge a magnet for speeders

    Speeders already have a Margrave Drive resident concerned about safety now that the bridge on the Harriman roadway is open.

    Mike Balsley lives near the south side of the bridge. He said traffic is slowly starting to pick up as people become aware the bridge is open. He said those travelers are often not acknowledging the speed limit.

    “I just know something has got to be done there,” he said.

  • Driver in pursuit, crash racks up charges

    A Harriman man is in trouble again after leading the Tennessee Highway Patrol on a pursuit that ended in a crash Dec. 19.

    Timothy Daniels Stevens, 30, was charged with theft by possession; reckless driving; leaving the scene of an accident; vehicular assault; evading arrest; DUI second offense; driving on revoked; resisting stop, frisk, halt; assault on an officer; possession of methamphetamine while operating a vehicle; possession meth for resale; and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Harriman fixing fishing dock, bank
  • Kingston police book two on burglary charges

    Kingston Police Department made two arrests Dec. 7 in connection with burglaries in Kingston.

    Gabriel Mitchell Stepp, 18, of 2874 Lawnville Road, Kingston, was arrested at his home and charged with aggravated burglary that occurred at 903 Valley Road in Kingston.

    Some of the items that were taken from the residence on Valley Road were located and returned to the owner.

    Later that same day, Lance Michael Tracy was arrested for aggravated burglary that occurred at 711 Hill St. in Kingston.

  • First woman commissioner
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Pre-war Christmas shopping and other observances

    Gentle reader, here we are at the ides of December, and the world is awash in unrest, turmoil, white trash and Trump, but the Old Curmudgeon refuses to be depressed or downcast.

    It may be because he is deep into his second childhood, but he cannot help but be overcome, even overwhelmed with the spirit of Christmas.

  • November rains put Kingston’s drainage to test

    The Kingston City Council Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution to provide funding for drainage and road repairs following an historic rain event last month.

    The five inches of rain that fell Nov. 7 was one of the heaviest such events on record in East Tennessee, said Kingston City Manager Dave Bolling.

    A culvert and drainage system running under West Race Street between Patton Ferry and Oran Zirkle roads began to wash out following heavy rain, endangering the roadway and prompting immediate action.

  • Committees to stay put, for now

    The Roane County Commission’s committees aren’t going anywhere just yet.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis withdrew a resolution that called for abolishing them at the Dec. 11 meeting.

    Ellis said he was moved to do so after hearing Committee on Committees Chairman Stan Moore vow to take a look at the number of committees, and possibly get rid of some.

    “We’ll go back and look at some of these that haven’t met, or feel like don’t have much teeth in it and try to remove some of those,” Moore said.

  • Blaze damages Roane St. apartment

    Harriman fire officials reported a Roane Street apartment was damaged by fire early Wednesday morning.

    “We got the page at 3:24 a.m. to 715 S. Roane St.,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels. “The business was Lawnbusters, and the fire was in the basement in an apartment kitchen area.”

    Daniels said the apartment suffered heavy damage in the kitchen area and had heavy smoke damage.

    A man who lived at the apartment planned to move in with a friend, the fire chief said.