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Today's News

  • Grant paying for Kingston sewer works

    Thanks to a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant, the Kingston wastewater treatment plant will soon have a new dewatering system.

    The funds come just in the nick of time, as the current system recently stopped working.

    Kingston Water and Sewer Superintendent Mike Jolly said he knew the end was near for that piece of equipment, and department employees “did everything we could to keep it running” for as long as it did.

  • Fire agreement put to the test

    Only days after signing an automatic-aid agreement last month, Kingston Fire Department played a big part in fighting a fire in a downtown Harriman home.

    The 415 Clinton St. home was heavily damaged, and the resident was rescued from the home.

    “The crew from Kingston was instrumental in the successful management of this incident,” said Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey.

    Kingston Fire Department’s ladder truck was part of the initial dispatch and arrived promptly at the scene, the Harriman fire chief said.

  • Jury correspondence comes by mail, not phone

    Court officials are warning residents about a jury-duty scam.

    According to a joint press release issued on Sept. 1 by Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks, Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton and Circuit Court Clerk Ann Goldston, the scammers call people and claim they have a warrant for their arrest for failing to appear for jury duty.

  • Knights of Columbus helps Michael Dunn

    Knights of Columbus Council 8273 of Harriman likes to help the community, and Monday morning they did so by donating $2,000 to Michael Dunn Center in Kingston.

    “We’re very pleased,” Michael Dunn Center President/CEO Mike McElhanney said after receiving the donation. “This is just the latest in a long series of donations the Knights have given us over the years.

    “We’re going to apply it toward gasoline and food expenses in our various homes.”

  • Off-road leads to business at Windrock Park

    Four-wheelin’ fun and more. That’s what a trip to Windrock Park near Oliver Springs has to offer.

    “We’re the largest privately-owned off-road park in the country,” Coal Creek Co. Marketing Manager Samantha Collins said. “We have 72,000 acres of land, and a little over 300 miles of trails.”

    The massive trail system offers challenges for all skill levels. The trails are open to ATVs, side-by-sides, Jeeps, buggies, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and even walkers.

  • Tomboy a National Best Brand

    Tomboy Organic Skincare Co., the firm founded and operated by Melissa Kreis-Stephens of Roane State Community College, is the recipient of the American Choice Awards’ National Best Brand Award for Organic Salves and Skin Care.

    More than 1,500 brands are judged by American consumers across 190 categories.

    “We are pleased to welcome Tomboy Organic Skincare Co. into our family of National Brand Winners,” said Jen Johansen, American Choice Awards’ senior vice president of polling and research.

  • What's the SCORE?: Are you managing the work — or is it managing you?

    By Dana Peterka • For Roane County News

    When I hear someone say “I don’t have time for that” before they even understand what the value of “that” is, I feel sorry for them.

    How do they know that “that” isn’t a better use of their time?

    I ask myself whether they recognize that they have let others set their business and life priorities.

  • County budget director fired

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody fired county budget director Kaley Walker on Monday.

    He declined to provide an explanation when asked why.

    “I don’t comment on personnel issues,” he said.

    A two-sentence letter he wrote to Walker on Monday didn’t provide an explanation, either.

    “This letter is to inform you that your services are no longer needed by Roane County Government effective Aug. 29, 2016,” the letter said. “You will receive pay through today and a two week severance payment.”

  • OFFICIAL FIRST DAY
  • Nostalgia on tap at Commission session

    For years, Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry thought it would be neat to hold a meeting in the old courthouse.

    He’ll get the chance to see that come to fruition this month.

    The Commission has scheduled its Sept. 12 regular meeting at the old courthouse.

    “I think it could be a super fun day,” he said. “A very historic day for us.”

    Commissioners meet in regular session each month of the year.