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  • Binge reading at book picnic
  • Kentucky Street paving underway

    A long-anticipated paving project on North Kentucky Street in Kingston has begun.

    City Manager David Bolling said the work is expected to be done in a couple of weeks.

    “It is a city project being paid for with State Surface Transportation Program funding,” Bolling said. “We’ll be resurfacing North Kentucky Street from the intersection of 58/70 to the interstate at no local cost.”

    The road work will take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.

    Traffic cones were placed along the road Monday night.

  • Thanks for being you, Curtis Moore

    Can one person make a difference?

    Look around Kingston this week. The lanky figure of Curtis Moore is nowhere to be seen.

    Curtis Moore isn’t hanging out at the Rocky Top Market on the main drag.

    Curtis Moore isn’t strolling near the lakefront.

    Curtis Moore isn’t ambling down Kentucky Street.

    Kingston’s most recognizable pedestrian — our own Street Angel — was killed Thursday evening when he was struck by a car while crossing Kentucky Street.

    It’s a loss for us all.

  • Map exhibit also sheds light on TN history

    In the movies, explorers consult well-worn maps to aid them in their pursuit of hidden treasures.

    In historical research, the maps themselves often are the treasures.

    Maps provide clues not only about political boundaries and geographic features at various points in history, but also how people actually lived.

    Now through Sept. 12, a free exhibit showcasing some of the maps available at the Tennessee State Library and Archives is open in the lobby of TSLA’s building in downtown Nashville.

  • New fences going up at five fields

    Harriman didn’t waste time approving the lone bid to replace fences at the city’s five ballfields.

    The Roane County Economic Development Foundation approved proposed expenses for public image repair from TVA for the 2008 Kingston ash spill. City officials decided to improve the ballfields to make them more attractive, particularly for potential tournaments.

    “This is coming from the public-image repair money from the TVA board ... not taxpayer money,” stressed Mayor Chris Mason.

  • Theft-weary Harriman woman complains to city

    A woman had harsh words with Harriman police after the most recent of a string of thefts from her property.

    Over the years, Mary Helen Nichols said, a dirt bike, a motorcycle and a four-wheeler were stolen off her lot on Russell Avenue.

    “I’m an old lady who lives alone, and they know it,” Nichols said.

    She said she’s lost confidence in the force, and complained to city officials she does not see them patrol her area.

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  • A Harriman man’s look at racism goes to the top

    I remember, from my youth while growing up in Harriman, the segregated drinking fountains, theater entrances and seating.

    I never understood it, but never bothered to question it. My first black friend shined shoes, as did I, at one of the downtown barber shops.

    We remained friends until his death several years ago from complications brought on by Agent Orange.

    One of his sons, who is now a grandfather, pleases me when he calls me “Dad.”

    I don’t bother trying to explain that to anyone else who might be present.

  • Making it Formal: Big night for Michael Dunn Center

    The Michael Dunn Center holds a number of social events throughout the year.

    “The spring formal is always one of the highlights of those,” President and CEO Mike McElhinney said.

    The formal took place Saturday evening at Midtown Elementary School.

    Sarah Brown said her son, Christopher Forrester, had been looking forward to it for weeks.

    “He loves it,” she said. “He’s been coming for the last three years.”

    Barbara Snell said this was her son T.J.’s third year as well.

  • Workshop delves into customer-focused selling

    “Customer-Focused Selling: Skills to Take You to the Next Level of Excellence” is the topic of an upcoming workshop for business owners and managers.

    The workshop, a cooperative effort between Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE, will be from noon to 2 p.m. May 26.

    It will be in the conference room of Kingston City Hall at 900 Waterford Place.

    Space is limited; call 376-5572 for reservations.

    The workshop is free to Chamber members and $35 to the general public.