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  • No permits needed for farm buildings

    Roane County will no longer require farmers to participate in the permitting and inspection process for agricultural buildings.

    “This past month we have had a major change in our interpretation and implementation of building and codes for agricultural buildings,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “Agricultural buildings are excluded from requirements of permitting and inspection.”

    Roane County Farm Bureau Agency Manager Rusty Byrd said his organization approached Woody and questioned why

  • Fewer schools, more choices?

    Since the Roane County Board of Education doesn’t have the money to build a massive new high school, it will need the County Commission to pass a plan to cover the funding.

    There is no guarantee that will happen.

    “I personally do not think one high school would work,” District 1 Commissioner Darryl Meadows said. “Maybe on paper, but not necessarily reality. There’s too much travel time and too many natural barriers, such as rivers.”

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  • Harriman man accused of child rape, kidnapping

    A Harriman man made his first appearance in court Tuesday, Feb. 21, on rape of a child and especially aggravated kidnapping.

    The Oct. 18, 2016 indictment said Michael David Russell, 57, 640 Margrave Drive, Harriman, Apt. 1, “did intentionally, knowingly or recklessly sexually penetrate” a child older than 3 but younger than 13 years of age on or about Feb. 3, 2014.

    A second count was related to the kidnapping, saying he unlawfully removed or confined the juvenile younger than the age of 13.

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  • Kingston eyes new fire truck

    Kingston needs a new fire truck.

    Fire Chief Willie Gordon discussed the matter with Kingston City Council members earlier this month at the group’s regular work session.

    He said there had been a need for a new truck for several years, and that the city’s newest truck is a 2005 ladder truck.

    “We try hard, train hard and need this truck,” Gordon said. “It would not benefit me or the firemen, but would give them a tool to work with.

  • Feds helping city smooth out Margrave

    The bridge on Margrave Drive isn’t the only new look coming to Harriman.

    City officials aim to see the street improved with the help of federal funds for roads.

    “We are looking at several phases of the project, but the priority would be beginning on Carter Street at the Roane Street intersection, going down to Margrave and then from Margrave over to Oakdale Hwy.,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Cyclist killed in crash

    Dr. Verne Ephram Gilbert was an avid bicyclist. Sunday afternoon Gilbert died doing what he loved.

    Gilbert was out riding his bicycle when he was involved in an accident with a small sport-utility vehicle.

    Gilbert, who lived in Oak Ridge, died as a result of his injuries. He was 85.

    “He was in great shape and was pursuing his love of cycling, when he was struck by a car,” Gilbert’s obituary said.