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  • OFF the CUFF: A dog by any name is a best friend

    With apologies to Harry Nilsson, “people, let me tell you ’bout my best friend ...”

    He’s Da Boy. The Old Man. The Man of the House. King o’ the Pekes.

    Yes, I said “Pekes.” As in “Pekingese.”

    Officially, his name is Simba, like “The Lion King.” He was my daughter’s gift for her 11th birthday. He was a pup back then himself, a rescued guy who had marked only one birthday at that point.

    A friend once deemed him “the dog God gave us.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: In praise of rabbit and the uncommon foods

    While reading the most recent contributions of our old friend, Bethel Poston, to this gazette, i.e., “Out to Lunch,” wherein he told of his recent peregrination with the lovely Carol to Rugby and the Harrow Road Café, we encountered this sentence: “I’m glad it’s not a real rabbit.”

    This was the concluding sentence in his paragraph describing, one of the restaurant’s special offerings, the so-called Welsh Rarebit, a concoction of melted cheese, condiments and accompaniments served over toasted English muffins.

  • Leader, REACH founder mourned

    Longtime Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier died Wednesday night at the University of Tennessee Medical Center. He was 72.

    “We lost a very influential and passionate county leader,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    “His heart was with the county, the school system and the children. We lost a great leader.”

    Collier was a resident of Kingston and represented District 6 on the County Commission. He was elected to his fifth four-year term last year.

  • Educator succumbs after stroke suffered in classroom

    A treasured retired Harriman educator died earlier this week after suffering a stroke while in the classroom as a substitute teacher at Harriman High School.

    Ray Andrews, 73, was a one-time principal at South Harriman Middle School and history teacher at Harriman High School.

    “He was substituting because he still loved to be around the kids,” said Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    “The kids loved him. He was just a good man — a good educator.”

  • TVA gets OK to store ash onsite

    TVA will be able to store fly ash in its Class II landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation announced Tuesday that it has approved the agency’s request for a permit modification.

    “The approval of the permit modification allows TVA to continue storing coal combustion residuals on site at Kingston Fossil Plant as intended,” a prepared statement from TVA said.

    “This also ensures the plant can continue operating as an asset for Roane County and TVA into the future.”

  • Mental evaluation ordered for ‘Star Trek: Voyager’ star

    Former “Star Trek: Voyager” actor Jennifer Lien has been ordered to undergo an evaluation at Moccasin Bend Mental Health Institute in Chattanooga.

    Lien has two separate criminal cases pending in Roane County General Sessions Court.

    One stems from an April encounter with Harriman police, in which Lien allegedly rammed a police cruiser.

    She’s charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault in that incident.

  • IT’S OFFICIAL: Kingston tax increase OK’d

    With only one dissenting vote, and no outside remarks — negative or otherwise —Kingston City Council approved a 23-cent property tax increase Tuesday during a special-called meeting.

    Council voted 6-1 to raise taxes from $1.21 for each $100 valuation to $1.45, rounded up, which will balance the city’s $6.029 million budget.

    Tony Brown’s was the only “no” vote Tuesday, and was consistent with his opposition to the increase since it was proposed earlier in the month.

  • Tea Party members still miffed over county hike

    The Roane County Tea Party is visibly upset about the recent 30-cent property tax increase by the Roane County Commission, and they want the rest of Roane County to show their displeasure. too.

    To that end, a sign covers one side of the organization’s oversized vehicle listing the name and phone number of commissioners who voted for the tax increase, inviting citizens to call them and tell them what they think of the increase.

  • Kingston lawyer threatened

    Kingston attorney Jason Hines contacted authorities on Tuesday after someone called his office making threats.

    “They called and threatened to come get my wife and all that, so we did a police report,” Hines said.

    Kingston Police Sgt. Roy Montgomery responded to Hines’ office to look into the matter.

    “They took it very serious and I told them to take it serious,” Montgomery said. “I think it was somebody who may have been under the influence of something or maybe a little intoxicated.”

  • TVA lowering lake levels in anticipation of Joaquin rains

    TVA is taking steps in the likelihood the Tennessee Valley will be hit with heavy rain from Hurricane Joaquin.

    Even if Hurricane Joaquin doesn’t directly strike the Valley, it could still have a major impact on the area. The Tennessee Valley Authority is already taking steps to deal with the anticipated runoff from heavy rains over the weekend.