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Today's News

  • Library access ramping up at Harriman's Carnegie

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Access for the disabled is closer to a reality for people wanting to visit the Harriman Public Library.

    Harriman city coordinator Bob Tidwell has begun advertising for bids for the project, which involves grant money the city received in 2005 for improvements to the library and for crosswalk installments in the downtown area.

    Tidwell said the grant is more than $130,000, with a city matching portion of several thousand dollars more.

  • Born in China, Victoria now has a home in Harriman

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Happy squeals fill the Whaley home on Clinton Street in Harriman.

    Baby Victoria Leighanna Xiang Whaley, known as Tori, joyfully explores the world she has been welcomed into by adoptive parents, Cindy and Chris Whaley and her 8-year-old brother, Jonathan.

    She is the newest addition to the Whaley clan, who, after a lengthy adoption process, were able to bring her home from China in January, around her first birthday.

  • Hotel/motel tax gets a nod

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    A decision to implement a 5 percent hotel/motel occupancy tax in the city of Kingston is moving forward.

    Kingston City Council voted 4-1 in favor of implementing the tax, with Councilman Brant Williams opposing.

    “This will adversely affect businesses,” Williams said.

    The tax increase would mean that guests who stay in one of the city’s four hotels would be paying a total of 19.5 percent in taxes.

    This includes the state tax, the county tax and the new city tax.

  • Week One not good to Kingston

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    Maybe week two will be better than week one for the Kingston Yellow Jackets.

    Last week, the Jackets opened their season with four straight losses. The first two losses came against district foe Loudon, loss No. 3 was at county rival Rockwood then the Jacket lost their opening round contest of the 2008 Roane County Tournament against McMinn Central by a 12-2 margin.

    Kingston did play well early on against the Chargers and actually held a lead after two innings of play.

  • Harriman rallies past Coalfield

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    When the Harriman Blue Devils traveled to Coalfield last May, Andy Adcox’s squad ended the Yellow Jackets season with a 13-6 victory in the opening round of the Region 2-A Tournament.

  • Runaway car hits man

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    A Roane County man was run over after he tried to stop a car carrying three children from rolling down a hill.

    The incident happened on Wednesday around 7 p.m. on Watson Lane, according to Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigator Greg Scalf.

    Scalf said three children ranging in ages from 7 to 8 were in a car when it was knocked out of gear and started rolling down a hill.

    Steven Mead reportedly tried to stop the car from rolling and was run over.

  • Grant 'effectively doubles' department

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The Kingston Fire Department got the go-ahead to hire six much-needed additional firefighters by the city council Tuesday.

    The fire department will be able to afford the six, thanks to a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emer-gency Response grant for $592,635 from the Department of Homeland Security.

    “We’re pretty much doubling our department,” Lt. Eddie Lintz said.

  • Midway girls cruise past Oakdale

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    Even with a complete change in the coaching staff, the Midway Lady Green Waves appeared to pick up where they left off last season. The Lady waves ripped Oakdale 13-0 Monday afternoon in the opening game of the 2008 softball season.

  • Lady Jackets knock off Rockwood

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    When Kingston ace lefty Reiley Isham graduated last season, a big hole was left in Kingston’s line-up but it appears as if freshman Jessica Korb is more than capable of filling the void.

  • IT'S OFFICIAL: Covenant to take over Roane Medical Center

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    A full house of Roane Medical Center employees breathed a sigh of relief and applauded following Tuesday's unanimous Harriman City Council vote to go forward with a lease purchase agreement with Covenant Health System.

    "We have ensured the longtime quality of healthcare for the citizens of Harriman and also citizens of Roane County," Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.