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Today's News

  • Memorial Day 2015: Harriman, Kingston plan special services

    Veterans in Harriman and Kingston are planning to honor their fallen comrades this weekend.

    A military ceremony in Harriman will begin at 11 a.m. May 23 at the war memorial fountain of David Webb Riverfront Park.

    In Kingston, the annual Memorial Day ceremony will start at 10 a.m. May 25 at Bethel Cemetery.

    Veterans’ organizations in both cities are organizing the services.

    In Harriman, the ceremony is planned by American Legion Posts 3, 232 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6598.

  • Property transfers: July 28-Aug. 6, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    July 28
    – From Beech Park Baptist Church and Beech Park Missionary Baptist Church to Kelsey Thornton by warranty deed, Dist. 2, 0.259 acres Beech Park Baptist Church, Lot 2, $20,000.

    • From Bob L. Reed to Simon Borja by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Hart Ed property subdivision, Lots PT4 and PT5, $85,000.

    • From John David Sims and Rebecca E Sims to Joshua R. Baker and Kathryn R. Baker by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Rarity Ridge, Lot 385, Phase 5, $32,000.

  • JUDGE EBLEN TO RETIRE

    Dec. 31 won’t just mark the end of 2015 for Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen.

    It could also mark the end of his tenure.

    Eblen said Monday that he plans to retire at the end of the year.

    “I’ll have been doing this for 48-and-1/2 years when that rolls around, and I’m turning 80,” he said. “When you start hitting your 80s, it’s about time to think about slowing down.”

  • Not so fair Faire opening

    Heavy rains may have soaked everything at the Tennessee Medieval Faire at Saturday’s opening, but one thing wasn’t dampened.

    That was the spirits of those who showed up.

    “We think we did well, even with the weather,” said Barrie Paulson, one of the key organizers of the event. “The people that come with bad weather are the diehards.”

    Paulson estimated attendance at between 600 and 700 a day, about what it was last fall when organizers held their preview show.

  • Three Roane County cities make Top-50 Safest list in Tennessee

    Kingston, Rockwood and Harriman made Niche Rankings’ just-released Top-50 Safest Cities in Tennessee list.

    The group looked at FBI Uniform Crime Statistics reports for nearly 4,300 cities and towns in the state, although only about 1,800 met the criteria for grading.

    Kingston was ranked No. 8 on the list, Rockwood was No. 16 and Harriman was No. 30. Nearby Dayton (No. 10) and Crossville (No. 38) also made the list.

    Wade Creswell, the president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, was pleased with the Roane County municipal representations.

  • Ice cream layoffs announced

    Fallout from Blue Bell Creameries’ contamination crisis is no longer affecting just customers.

    Now workers are feeling it.

    On Friday, the Brenham, Texas-based company announced that it is laying off approximately 1,450 workers and furloughing about 1,400 others.

  • Cities will have bigger property tax hike

    The proposed county property tax rate hike for rural residents is less than the one being proposed for cities.

    According to Roane County budget director Kaley Walker, people who own property in the rural areas would pay an additional 28.5 cents per $100 valuation if the recommendation passes.

    People who own property in the cities of Kingston, Oliver Springs, Rockwood, Harriman and Oak Ridge would pay an additional 31.5 cents — 3 cents more on the rate.

  • Getting ready
  • Officials announce ash spill cleanup’s-end meeting in June

    A project completion meeting is one of the last orders of business to mark the end of the TVA ash spill cleanup.

    Craig Zeller, a remedial project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the meeting is scheduled for June 4 at Roane County High School in Kingston.

    The start time is 6 p.m.

    “We will be getting the usual notices out this coming week,” Zeller said.

  • A little more on Roane as a park

    We had a caller who was concerned about a story in last week’s newspaper about a group — The Roane Alliance Green Team — seeking a declaration that Roane County be a park.

    The caller was concerned about potential rules and regulations that would come with such a declaration.

    We assured her that any such designation would be of an honorary nature — just something to give residents a sense of bragging rights.

    Nothing else would change.