Today's News

  • Good news for Kingston in financial audit

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council members got an advanced screening of the city’s financial audit report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, and early reviews were good.

    “Overall, you’ve done well,” principal auditor Lee Gowan of Knoxville’s Rodefer and Moss told council members at a Dec. 6 work session.

    Gowan spent three weeks working on the draft report, which will now go to press for submission to the state comptroller’s office.

  • Befuddlement over bid for sewer plant addition saves Kingston $700,000

    By Mike Gibson
    A miss is as good as a mile, or so they say. Better yet, for the city of Kingston, a second or two was worth $700,000.

    At a Dec. 6 work session, Kingston City Council learned that Haren Construction Co. of Etowah has been recognized as low bidder on expansion of the Kingston wastewater treatment plant.

    The capacity of the plant is being doubled from 1 million gallons to 2 million gallons per day, and Haren’s low bid was $4.712 million on Nov. 8.

  • County lawmakers to look at resolution for weaker Sunshine Law

    Roane County Commissioners will be asked to support weakening the state’s open meetings law, which requires adequate public notice when two or more members of a governing body meet.

    There is a movement under way across the state to change the law, popularly known as the Sunshine Law, and allow members of a governing body to meet in private as long as a quorum is not present.

     If the movement is successful, seven of Roane County’s 15 commissioners could meet to discuss county business outside the eyes of the public.

  • LOST: Grand marshal’s wedding ring

    Rockwood Christmas parade grand marshal Jonathan Foust flung more than candy from his vehicle on Thursday night.

    Foust, a former state trooper recovering from a liver transplant, also ended up inadvertently throwing out his wedding ring.

    “It was probably down there by the liquor place (Gateway Spirits) on the left,” he said Friday. “That is where I first noticed it was gone.”

    Foust believes the ring, a sterling silver band with a cross on it, slid from his finger as he tossed candy to parade enthusiasts.

  • District shifts to impact a handful

    The number of County Commissioners and Board of Education members did not change under the redistricting plan approved by the Roane County Commission last month.

    “We didn’t change much of anything,” said Commission Chairman James Brummett, who also chaired the county’s redistricting committee.

    State law requires counties to redistrict every 10 years. Brummett and Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway described the process as rather uneventful.  

  • GM deal good news for Roane plant

    Roane County officials were pleased to learn the parent company of Toho Tenax will be working with General Motors to develop technology that will reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy.   

    The partnership between and GM and Teijin, Toho’s parent company, was announced last week.

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  • Arrests

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Nov. 29
    — Toby James Townson, 43, 102 Russell St., Loudon: failure to appear. Bond $30,000; court date Dec. 19.

    • Justin Eric Ybarra, 26, 241 Bullard Ford Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license. Bond $1,500; court date Dec. 12.

  • ORNL credit union helping kids read

    ORNL Federal Credit Union in Kingston is teaming up with the Children’s Reading Foundation of the Tennessee Valley to collect and “recycle” used children’s books for other children to read. ORNL Federal Credit Union employees, front row from left, Debbie Hankins, Tiffany Tilley, Eleda Burgess and Judy Long; and back row, Jim Leitnaker and Ralph Best of the Children’s Reading Foundation show off some of the books contributed by credit union customers to be distributed to Roane County children and their parents. Books may be dropped off at the credit union at 1204 N. Kentucky St.

  • Roane jobless rate down to 7.8% in Oct.

    Roane County was among 92 Tennessee counties experiencing a decrease in its unemployment rate, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    The state’s figures show the county’s jobless rate at 7.8 percent, a decrease of 0.7 percent over September.
    That means 26,010 of the county’s 28,220-strong labor force was employed for the month.