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Today's News

  • Hands of Mercy opening Harriman site

    Hands of Mercy in Kingston has never served exclusively Kingston.

    The food pantry, which has been headquartered in Kingston for a number of years, recently acquired a new building in Harriman.

    The Harriman building, at 421 Devonia St., will serve as a satellite office.

    “I’m really hoping our presence in Harriman will make people realize we are in Kingston, but we’re not just a Kingston entity,” said Sharon Pinner, the food pantry’s director.

    “We serve all of Roane County.”

  • Kingston education leaders mourned

    The community is remembering Jess Plemons and Joe Woody, two local residents who passed away recently.   

    “I am sad at the news of the passing of two Roane County stalwarts, Jess Plemons and Joe Woody,” state Sen. Ken Yager said. “These two men have made many enviable contributions to Roane County and will be sorely missed.”

    Plemons passed away on Saturday, Dec. 20. He was 83. During his career in education he served as a teacher, football coach and Roane County school superintendent.

  • Hearing site too hard to find?

    A community organizing group is demanding the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation hold another public hearing on TVA’s application for a permit modification of its Class II landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    “We’ve got letters out to the governor and we’ve got phone calls in to TDEC,” Statewide Organizing for Community eMpowerment Board President Patrick Morales said.

    “We want a public hearing that’s not happening during the Christmas season.”  

  • Rockwood seeks federal grant to pave Airport Road

    To pave or not to pave.

    Rockwood City Council balked at paying for the paving of their portion of Airport Road back in November, when bids were considered and the lowest bid was in the $20,000 range.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he and Public Works Director Hugh O’Dell went up to the roadway when state officials were on site and were told they could get a federal safety grant with a 10-percent match.

    He estimates the city portion would be $5,000 if the grant is awarded.

  • Kingston’s White back on REU board

    Kingston City Councilman Don White is serving another term on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.

    The REU retiree was recommended by the Kingston City Council, and Rockwood City Council approved the recommendation this month.

    Also reappointed this month is James “Russ” Cisson, to serve on the Rockwood Park and Recreation Board.

    The Rockwood City Council also approved the city’s holiday schedule for 2015.

  • Roane, ETHRA accused of probation scheme

    A Morgan County woman is suing East Tennessee Human Resource Agency and Roane County in federal court, alleging the two engaged in a scheme to keep people on probation longer than the law allows in order to continue collecting fees.

    Rachel Dawn Bohanan claims the scheme resulted in her “illegal” arrest on July 15.

  • TVA truck aids in trench rescue

    Mike Stanton, a maintenance supervisor for TVA, was working at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Dec. 12 when he got a call from his incident coordinator.

    “He said that Roane County had a situation down the road where an individual had been trapped in a trench and they believed our vacuum truck could help speed up the process,” Stanton said.

    An employee with Sparta-based Danson Construction got trapped while working on a Roane County sewer project on Moses Lane.

  • Fee plan helps with bldg. inspector

    Rockwood found a new way to recoup some of the costs of having someone on staff as building inspector.

    A new plan-checking fee schedule was passed on first reading this month at the recommendation of building inspector Harold Ishman.

    “This will reimburse the city some for what we pay him,” said Councilman Dudley Evans.

    Officials said they pay Ishman about $30 an hour.

    The fees would apply to anyone bringing in construction plans and blueprints for review.

  • NONCOMPLIANCE

    Roane County Commissioners were notified Tuesday that the Property Assessor’s Office is in noncompliance on the 2015 reappraisal.

    “It’s real disappointing that we’re in the position that we are,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said after getting the email.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody sent out the email after speaking with Don Osborne, director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments.

  • Clem lands parks spot

    Rockwood’s Chase Clem will start the new year with a new job with the city.

    He was easily approved as the new park and recreation director at Monday’s city council meeting.

    “The sports complex was like a second home to me when I was growing up. I have a lot of great memories there, so it is exciting to tell people that I’m coming home,” Clem said.

    It’s a job he envisioned as a young person working with friends in the recreation department during summers.