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  • ROANE says thanks to VETERANS
  • ‘I just turned it over to God’

    Sixty-four year old Bill Scarborough is a walking miracle, and he knows it.

    The Kingston resident and former heavy equipment operator recently underwent his third heart surgery — this time, receiving an entirely new heart.

    “I just want everybody to know that if not for God and all the prayers [I received], I would not be here,” he said emphatically.

  • Huber bringing 141 jobs to Spring City and vicinity

    Huber Engineered Woods LLC plans to reopen its manufacturing facility in Spring City.

    Hiring will begin early next year, with full mill production underway by April 2018.

    Huber, a leading manufacturer of specialty building products, will create 141 new jobs as part of the reopening.

    The facility is one of only five continuous press operations in North America dedicated to the production of oriented strand board products.

    Spring City is in Rhea County south of Rockwood.

  • We salute our VETERANS
  • Roane GOP looks forward to Trump’s presidency

    Tuesday was a good day to be a Republican.

    The party held onto its majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate and Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton in the presidential race.

    “I’m glad Trump won,” Roane County Tea Party Chairman Val McNabb said.

  • Eureka poll workers big heroes

    An elderly poll worker at the Eureka precinct stopped breathing on Election Day.

    “I’m just grateful that we got her back and got her OK,” said Eddie Smith, who served as the officer of elections at the precinct on Tuesday.

    Smith said he and another worker at the precinct, Regina Durham, performed CPR on Phyllis Gutowski after she stopped breathing.

    “They saved me,” Gutowski said.

    The Eureka precinct is located at Asbury Chapel United Methodist Church. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m.

  • Harriman voters say no to hike in sales tax

    Harriman voters soundly defeated a referendum for a sales tax increase with a vote of 1,007 against and 715 for the measure.

    The referendum would have raised the city’s local sales tax rate from 2.5 to 2.75 percent, which officials estimated would cost consumers about 25 cents for a $100 purchase made in Harriman.

    Officials hoped it would raise more than $400,000 to go toward capital infrastructure needs.

    “I was hoping the residents would see what the tax was going to and support it,” said Mayor Wayne Best on Wednesday.

  • Calfee returned to state House with big vote of confidence

    Coming up with legislation to combat the opioid problem in Tennessee is something Kent Calfee would like to work on in the General Assembly.

    He’ll get that chance, because the voters of the 32nd District re-elected him to his seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives on Tuesday.

    “Now that the election is behind me, I really want to bear down on that and have some legislation ready that would help with that,” Calfee said. “I know that’s a huge problem.”

  • Wine sales in stores gets nod in Rockwood

    Rockwood residents may soon be seeing wine in their Walmart.

    Rockwood voters approved legal sale of alcohol in retail food stores with 988 in favor and 435 against the measure.

    The measure was put on the ballot after enough residents signed a petition.

    “Our customers tell us they want added convenience and choice when shopping for adult beverages,” said Anne Hatfield of Walmart’s corporate communications.

  • Stockton racks up highest votes for Kingston Council

    One incumbent and two newcomers will sit on the Kingston City Council beginning in December.

    Longtime council member and vice mayor Tony Brown was re-elected Tuesday, and Stephanie Wright and Tara Stockton were also top vote getters among the five-way race that included incumbents Norman Sugarman and John Byrkit.

    Vote tallies were 1,347 for Wright, 1,415 for Brown and 1,924 for Stockton.

    Sugarman received 1,165 votes and Byrkit had 711.

    It was the second time around for Wright, who had lost by 72 votes in a six-way race two years ago.