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Country singer T. Graham Brown to headline at the Princess Theatre

By Cindy Simpson

Renowned singer T. Graham Brown and his band One Horse Town will be in concert in Harriman’s historic Princess Theatre on May 31.

The concert will feature Brown’s well-known songs, including “Help Me Turn the Wine Back Into Water,” Come as You Were,” “Hell and High Water,” “I Tell It Like It Used to Be” and “Darlene.”

“This is a big thing coming to Harriman,” said promoter Greg White. “This thing here is one of the best bands you’re going to hear.”


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West VFD’s round-the-clock fundraising sale starts today

West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department will have its annual two-day fundraising yard sale around the clock from 7 a.m. Friday to 2 p.m. Saturday.

The sale will be at Station 1 on Pumphouse Road, Rockwood.

Leave a message at 354-8201 days, evenings or weekends to arrange for pick up or to drop off donated items to be sold.


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McFarland-Pemberton judge-race feud expands

By Damon Lawrence

Circuit court judge candidate Mike Pemberton and his supporters suspect Willis Hall didn’t act on his own when he filed a complaint with the Roane County Election Commission.

“The issue is as clear as a bell,” Kingston attorney and Pemberton supporter Pat Cooley said. “This was generated by Tommy McFarland from the beginning.”

Pemberton and McFarland are running to replace Russell Simmons as 9th Judicial District Circuit Court judge.

Simmons is retiring.


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City officials mum, for now, on explanation

Rockwood parks chief on leave

By Cindy Simpson

Rockwood Parks and Recreation Director Jody Mioduski is on administrative leave.

Not much more is known at press time. Questions were referred to Mayor James Watts, who did not return calls at press time.

Mioduski was hired in December 2012.

His predecessor Tom Pierce was put on leave and then resigned amidst allegations that he used city funds to make personal purchases including firearms, clothing and photography equipment.

Pierce was indicted in February 2013 on official misconduct, theft and unauthorized use of credit cards.


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Frees flat land for private-sector development

25 acres transferred from feds

The Department of Energy transferred approximately 25 acres at the Heritage Center in Roane County to the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee.

The site was signed over this week to CROET for private sector use.

U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann and David Klaus, DOE’s deputy undersecretary for management and performance, joined the group of area business leaders for the celebration.


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A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Will there be no Toms, Dicks nor Harrys?

By Gerald Largen

As we began last week’s column, we remarked that we had a number of topics that we wanted to comment upon, and as we concluded that column, we said that we had “other items to comment upon, and may next week.”

Well, next week is here, and we see no reason not to continue with the series of short comments that we began last week, so:


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Rockwood fears it would take too long to wait for TDOT to tackle repairs

City to pave state road stretch

By Cindy Simpson

When it comes to state roads, it’s usually the state that takes on repairs.


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Company requests Plateau Park site

By Damon Lawrence

Another entity is eyeing the fledgling Plateau Partnership Park.

According to a public notice from Cumberland County Mayor Kenneth Carey, Alternative Engineering Solutions “has expressed interest in a location inside the Plateau Partnership Park.”


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Better tie it all down, police chief warns

By Damon Lawrence

“It’s that time of year,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said this week. “Thieves are breaking into everything and taking anything that’s not tied down.”

Police have their hands full trying to keep up.

A 45-year-old Maryville man faces charges for an alleged burglary incident in Kingston on May 9.


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Goddards decide to rebuild on site after losing everything in winter fire

By Damon Lawrence

Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard and his wife, Sherron, have decided to rebuild instead of relocate.


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