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  • Come Sailing With Me


    CINDY SIMPSON/Roane Newspapers
    Midway Elementary kindergartners Kaitlyn Klein, left, Kallie Caswell and their classmates use motion to remember their lyrics to a traditional Italian song, “Come Sailing With Me.” It was the kindergartners’ presentation on Italy during Midway’s Celebration of Nations, an event that allowed students to explore various countries, traditions and cultures. Each grade was given a country for special study.

  • Work to shut down Airport Road

    From staff reports
    Rockwood’s portion of Airport Road will be temporarily closed on Monday.
    The closure will allow for that portion of the road to be tarred and chipped, weather permitting, said Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe.
    The closure will be canceled in case of rain. Dry weather is required for the work.
    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said it will be some time before city and Roane County officials will be able to use state funds to repair the roadway, which is in disrepair.
    The state grant has

  • Kingston awarded $500,000 for sewer upgrades

    The city of Kingston got an early Christmas present this week — a $525,000 grant for sewer improvements.

    Mayor Tim Neal shared the news during Tuesday’s regular City Council meeting, and said he received the notifying email late Monday.

    “This is really great for the city,” he said, noting that the grant will be used to upgrade the sewer plant and its systems.

    “This will give us a chance [to install] top-of-the-line enhancements.”

  • Road ruling sent to attorney

    Property owners who live on what they believe is a private drive off Chamberlain Cove Road may get their wish to be left alone.

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said the county’s road list shows that the drive is part of Chamberlain Cove Road.

    But he and the County Commission’s road committee on Wednesday expressed support of  property owners who wish for it to be recognized as a private drive.

  • Vote early, vote often in 2016

    Voters will have three opportunities to let their voices be heard at the polls in 2016.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway went over the dates and other important things about the 2016 election calendar during his appearance at a Roane County Tea Party meeting earlier this month.

    The Presidential Preference Primary is March 1.

    The State Primary, County General and Harriman City elections will be on Aug. 4.

  • Trenton Street Baptist Church: 125 years of saving souls

    Back before the University of Tennessee had a football team, Trenton Street Baptist Church was formed.

    The church that overlooks downtown Harriman has withstood time and will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a special service this Sunday.

    Many churches have come and gone, but Pastor Tony Boswell believes there are several reasons why his church has survived and is thriving.

  • Harriman up for business growth spurt

    Harriman may be seeing more business growth in Midtown and downtown.

    A preliminary plat will be presented to the city’s planning commission this month for a small retail space next to Weigel’s Farm Store and in front of Physicians Medical Plaza.

    Officials will likely be looking at that at the Harriman Regional Planning Commission meeting on Oct. 21.

    “They are scheduled to come to the planning commission this month,” said building inspector Maria Nelson.

  • Whose road is it, anyway? Committee asked to rule if private drive or county lane

    Some residents don’t want to see Roane County take ownership of what they believe is a private drive — but they are concerned that might be exactly what happens.

    “It is private property,” maintained Brian Mullins. “It is a private drive, and that is how we intend to keep it.”

    Mullins said he and his siblings own property that includes a portion of the private drive, which Mullins said starts off Chamberlain Cove Road. Their property once belonged to their late mother.

  • Cobb’s estate wins judgment

    James Cobb’s estate won a judgment against Tammy Rosado in Roane County General Ses-sions Court earlier this month.

    Cobb died at the University of Tennessee Medical Center on April 7, 2012, days after Rosado reportedly shot him at a home on Rosedale Avenue in Kingston.

    Rosado, who was in a relationship with Cobb, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in July and received a five-year prison sentence.

    The estate filed suit against Rosado a few months after Cobb’s death over a 2010 Hyundai Accent.

  • Rockwood seeing progress in cleanup of city eyesores

    Houses continue to be razed in Rockwood.

    “People can really see the cleanup we are getting done in this community,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Cleanup was one of the most-often cited issues during the 2014 city election. Steps continue to be made toward that progress.

    Most recently, Rockwood officials moved forward with relinquishing the property which was the former Myrle’s Florist and former Dandron and Webb property at 128 and 130 Chamberlain Ave. and the demolition and sale of property at 526 W. Rockwood St.