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  • Hotel/motel tax gets a nod



    A decision to implement a 5 percent hotel/motel occupancy tax in the city of Kingston is moving forward.

    Kingston City Council voted 4-1 in favor of implementing the tax, with Councilman Brant Williams opposing.

    “This will adversely affect businesses,” Williams said.

    The tax increase would mean that guests who stay in one of the city’s four hotels would be paying a total of 19.5 percent in taxes.

    This includes the state tax, the county tax and the new city tax.

  • Runaway car hits man



    A Roane County man was run over after he tried to stop a car carrying three children from rolling down a hill.

    The incident happened on Wednesday around 7 p.m. on Watson Lane, according to Roane County Sheriff’s Office investigator Greg Scalf.

    Scalf said three children ranging in ages from 7 to 8 were in a car when it was knocked out of gear and started rolling down a hill.

    Steven Mead reportedly tried to stop the car from rolling and was run over.

  • Grant 'effectively doubles' department



    The Kingston Fire Department got the go-ahead to hire six much-needed additional firefighters by the city council Tuesday.

    The fire department will be able to afford the six, thanks to a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emer-gency Response grant for $592,635 from the Department of Homeland Security.

    “We’re pretty much doubling our department,” Lt. Eddie Lintz said.

  • IT'S OFFICIAL: Covenant to take over Roane Medical Center



    A full house of Roane Medical Center employees breathed a sigh of relief and applauded following Tuesday's unanimous Harriman City Council vote to go forward with a lease purchase agreement with Covenant Health System.

    "We have ensured the longtime quality of healthcare for the citizens of Harriman and also citizens of Roane County," Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • Bound on murder charges; boyfriend claims they stopped to get a diaper bag out of car's trunk



    Robert Stoll, the Morgan County man who was charged with killing a pregnant Scott County woman and her unborn child, was brought before Judge Mike Davis Thursday for a preliminary hearing.

    Davis ruled that there was probable cause to send the case to the Grand Jury.

    Stoll is charged with two counts of second-degree murder after firing shots into a car outside his home on Morgan County Hwy. on Feb. 11.

  • Commissioners kill move to adopt nepotism policy


    Morgan County News Editor

    It doesn’t look like Morgan County will be adopting a nepotism policy for county offices anytime soon.

    County commissioners shot down a recommendation from the Intergovernmental Committee Monday night to ask the State General Assembly to approve a Private Act for Morgan County.

    Such an act once finalized by the county commissioners would have prevented future elected officials from hiring their immediate family members to work with them in the office.

  • Roane schools employee on leave without pay



    An employee with the Roane County school system has been placed on administrative leave without pay.

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff would not identify the employee, say where the person worked or what the person did with the school system.

    She did offer a few details on what led to the disciplinary action.

    According to McGriff, the employee appeared to be under the influence of prescription drugs or some type of narcotic.

  • Oliver Springs loses suit against K-9 officer



    A former Oliver Springs police officer and K-9 handler has been awarded more than $43,000 in damages from the town in a lawsuit over the time he spent training and caring for the dog.

    Dewayne Letner, who owned and worked with the city police dog while at the Oliver Springs Police Department, filed a lawsuit in fall 2006 against the city.

    A judgment filed in U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee on March 4 said Letner should recover damages from the city in the amount of $43,215.36.

  • Rockwood plant operator sentenced to probation



    A plant operator who falsified water quality reports at the Rockwood Sewer Treatment Plant for nearly eight months in 2004 will see no jail time.

    Paul W. Perkins had pleaded guilty to a felony charge in November.

    On Monday, before U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips in Knoxville, Perkins received two years probation and will be required to serve 40 hours of community service.

    Perkins worked as the plant operator from 2001 to October 2004.

  • Harriman, Covenant hash out details



    Attorneys from both sides of the Roane Medical Center and Covenant Health lease-and-purchase agreement were still in negotiation phase on Friday.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said the attorneys still were talking back and forth by e-mail as of Friday.

    However, he hoped to have a finalized copy for city officials to vote on Tuesday.

    Mason said the issues that are being worked out are those that were brought up in the February council meeting.