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Today's News

  • Contaminated site set for cleanup

    Harriman officials can look forward to seeing a final cleanup of contaminants at the paper mill property.

    “The (U.S.) EPA has contracted with a contractor to clean up this site,” said Councilman Buddy Holley. “They said they’d be done within the year.”

    Holley has been the most vocal about the site, which was once operated by Mead Corp., followed by a few other companies.

    “Mead Corp. has private contractors cleaning up their part,” added Holley. “Mead is cleaning up most of it.”

  • Swan Pond Road work to remove concrete barriers

    STAFF REPORTS

    As cleanup from the 2008 ash spill winds down, TVA will be temporarily closing one lane of Swan Pond Road the week of July 14 to remove concrete barriers and install guardrails next to the Kingston recovery site.

    The work is expected to last about one week.

    The lane closure will take place between the intersection with Swan Pond Circle extending south toward the plant entrance.

    Crews will be using flags at either end of the closure to direct traffic during that time.

  • 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

  • The Garden Gate: Patriotism paraded in fireworks and nature

    At the time of the Declaration of Independence of this country, John Adams and several of his associates called for fireworks to express their jubilation ― and we have used them in this way ever since.

    July is a celebration month. There is Independence Day on July 4 as the birthday of our nation as an independent democracy. In France, the commemoration of the taking of the Bastille on July 14 is observed as a turning point in the 18th-century French Revolution. And we celebrate summer vacations and our gardens.

  • Ramsey-Slaven

    Robert Ramsey of Rockwood announces the engagement and forthcoming marriage of his daughter, Denise Ramsey, to Jerry Slaven Jr.

    He is the son of Linda Slaven and the late Jerry Slaven of Rockwood.

    The ceremony will be on Aug. 2 in If I Be Lifted Up Church, Rockwood. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

    All relatives and friends of the couple are invited to attend.

    The bride-elect is also the daughter of the late Nora Ramsey of Rockwood.

  • Harlem Shane Scarbro

    Harlem Shane Scarbro was born at 3:22 p.m. May 4 in Parkwest Medical Center, Knoxville.

    He weighed 4 pounds, 7 ounces, and was 18 1/2 inches long.

    He is the son of Hannah Davis and Shane Scarbro of Harriman.

    Grandparents are Dorothy Guy of Rockwood, and Jean Scarbro of Harriman.

    Great-grandparents are Betty Steele and Josephine Duncan.

  • Josiah Hayden Kieth Miller

    Josiah Hayden Kieth Miller turned 11 years old on June 9.

    He celebrated on June 5 with a Laser Tag party with 30 friends and a Pokemon party.

    He is the son of Holly Culleton and Ben Miller.

    Grandparents are Len and Gina Jackson of Harriman, Pastor Randy and Vicki Miller of Iowa, and Chuck and Billie Beach of Oliver Springs.

    Josiah has a brother and best buddy, Zackary.

  • Five generations join McKinney for celebration of his 90th birthday

    V. David McKinney of Rockwood celebrated his 90th birthday recently with five generations of his family.

    The family includes, front row from left, daughters Pat Belcher and Shirley Anderson; and back row, Louise and David McKinney, grandson David Belcher, great-granddaughter Brittany Belcher holding great-great-grandson Braylon, great-granddaughter Kayla Belcher holding great-great-grandson Blaine, and granddaughter Trisha Hastner.

  • GUEST OPINION: Expect fireworks over Hobby Lobby decision

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    We celebrated the nation’s 237th birthday on this July 4th holiday weekend with fireworks of all kinds and colors, but there are some ongoing pyrotechnics around First Amendment issues from religious liberty to free speech.