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Today's News

  • Kingston gives thought to noisy bar problems

    Kingston City Council members plan to stay quiet about noise for another month.

    After a period of reflection and study, they hope to come back in August with some needed tweaks to the city’s noise ordinance, which is a subject of debate once again after causing a stir in 2012.

    The problems have arisen in the same neighborhood that was the source of complaints two years ago.

  • Hester shines at Blue Chip Academy

     

    Football fans around Roane County know how good Midway rising senior Hayden Hester is.

    Late in June, a lot of college coaches found out just how good Hester is also, as the 6’3” 325-pound Green Wave lineman took the first place in the 2014 Lineman Challenge at the 2014 Blue Chip Academy at Mars Hill College.

  • Oliver Springs fined $175,000+

    Oliver Springs, a town once renowned for healthful waters, has been slammed with fines for releasing poorly treated sewage into its main creek.

    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has levied more than $175,000 in damages and penalties for violations of the Water Quality Control Act.

  • 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.