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Today's News

  • Say ‘cheese’! Cameras doing the job, but only half have been installed

    By Mike Gibson
    When it was reported that several of Kingston’s scheduled new public park surveillance cameras were still not operational, irate city council members were ready to cast scrutiny on the company responsible for installing them.

    “I’ve personally got a problem with their work ethic, with how this is being done,” said Councilman Norm Sugarman during the council’s Jan. 3 work session.

  • Developers again suing Harriman official

    The people behind the Pinnacle Pointe development are still sore with Harriman City Treasurer Charles Kerley.

    After asking for and receiving a voluntary dismissal of their $3.3 million lawsuit against him in July, Jerry and Judy Duncan along with Steve Kirkham refiled the complaint in October.

    They allege Kerley besmirched them in a letter to the editor that was published in the Roane County News.

    The same amount of damages are sought.  

    “These allegations by Charles R. Kerley were publicly print-

  • Police say man threatened to kill workers at sandwich shop

    Kingston police arrested a 53-year-old man Thursday morning after he allegedly threatened to kill workers at the Subway on North Kentucky Street.

    Joel Glenn Willis, whose home address was listed as 113 Orchard Road, Kingston, was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless endangerment, assault and resisting arrest.

    “He didn’t try to rob them,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said. “He just made some off-the-wall threats toward them, but it was serious enough that we charged him with it.”

  • Harriman wants old papermill site on list of Priorities

    Harriman officials officially showed their support last week for the former American Kraft Papermill site being named on the National Priorities List.

    Councilman Buddy Holley, who had at first been wary of the designation, recently changed his mind and presented his reasonings to support it at a recent council workshop.

    “I think the consensus is we’re better off going NPL site,” said Holley, who at that time promised to create a resolution for the council to consider.

  • Houston judge taking on new hot-button issue

    James “Buddy” Scott is quite familiar with the Circuit Courtroom at the Roane County Courthouse, having presided over two trials involving brothers Rocky and Leon Hous-
    ton.

    Last Thursday’s hearing before Circuit Court Judge Russell Simmons Jr. didn’t involve the Houstons, but Scott found himself amidst another controversial matter.

    Scott, a retired judge, represents a group of residents who are suing Tiger Haven, a big-cat sanctuary in East Roane County.

  • Vice mayor back to city business after training to be park ranger

    Harriman City Council Vice Mayor Chase Tedder hasn’t been a presence at a meeting since last summer, when he went to a special school to become a park ranger.

    Tedder, who last attended the Aug. 9, 2011, session, said he will be back Tuesday, Jan. 10.

    “I’m back in business,” he said. “I went to the National Park Service Seasonal Law Enforcement Academy in North Carolina. I graduated in mid-December. After I graduated, I stayed on and went to Wildland Fire Academy,” Tedder said.

  • Happy trails to Tidwell and 2 streets

    Harriman officials are optimistic that a project they’ve been waiting years on may be close to fruition.

    Harriman City Coordinator Bob Tidwell, who had his last day Jan. 3, has  said it has been discussed that he will continue working on the project that would put new sidewalks — “trails” in grant speak — and lighting along Morgan and Walden avenues and the small section of Clifty Street that connects them.

  • Last summer’s excessive heat leads to disaster declaration

    Roane County is among 14 Tennessee counties designated natural disasters for agriculture as a result of drought and excessive heat in 2011.

    U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made the designation last week at the request of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

    Other counties designated as primary natural disaster areas include Blount, Cumberland, Fayette, Fentress, Haywood, Loudon, McMinn, Macon, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Scott and Wilson.  

  • Arrests: Dec. 31-Jan. 2

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    Dec. 31 — Sabrina Dawn Godsey, 36, 278 Sycamore Drive, Harriman: possession of prohibited weapon and simple possession or casual exchange. Total bond $3,000; court date Feb. 6.

    • Derek Gene Norman, 18, 320 Paintrock Valley Road, Philadelphia: vandalism. Bond $1,000; court date Jan. 9.

  • Kingston Lions planting trees

    Lions Club members all over the world are planting trees to signify to the public the presence of Lions in their communities while replacing trees lost by tornadoes, tsunamis and disasters.

    The goal is to plant more 1 million trees to represent one tree for each member of Lions Clubs International.

    The program has been a great success — more than 4.2 million trees have already been planted, and more are planted each day.