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    The Kingston candidates story in the Monday, Oct. 13 edition says Troy Beets “admitted the original plan put forth by former Roane Alliance President Leslie Henderson was for the county to get the full $1 million.”

    Beets says: “I did not agree with the statement that Leslie Henderson had proposed a million dollars. What I agreed with was that the county had agreed ― had wanted — to spend the whole million dollars for the county.”

  • KINGSTON Jobs, economic development pivotal to all candidates

    Kingston’s mayor and City Council candidates focused on lakefront utilization and economic development as the major issues of interest for the city’s progress.

    The biggest race is likely for Kingston mayor. Incumbent Troy Beets is being challenged by Kingston Councilman Tim Neal.

    “I think I’ve done a good job for the past nine years and I’d like to continue for the next four years,” Beets said.

  • ROCKWOOD: Mayoral hopefuls strive for jobs to keep youths in area

    While two Rockwood organizations gave voters separate opportunities last week to hear from candidates wanting to lead their city for the next four years, another political commitment kept a mayoral candidate away from one of them.

    Peggy Evans and Mike “Brillo” Miller had both committed to attending the Rockwood 2000 forum last Tuesday and the Rockwood Merchants Association event on Thursday. But on Thursday, Evans sat alone at the table in Rockwood Event Center.

  • Harriman woman gets 40 months for Alcoa thefts

    Harriman resident Kathy Winters was sentenced to 40 months in prison for theft of government funds from the U.S. Department of Education. 

    Winters, who was sentenced by the U.S. District Court Judge Pamela Reeves on Oct. 7, pleaded guilty in May to one count information charging her with the theft, according to a release from the office of United States Attorney William C. Killian. 

    Upon her release, Winters will be under supervision of the U.S. Probation Office for three years. 

  • City STEPs up to handle sewage

    Kingston City Council members made it clear at their October work session: They’ll take your sewage, but they won’t take any flack.

    Council placed an item on the Oct. 14 meeting agenda that establishes a policy for the city to start receiving septage from Septic Tank Effluent Pumping systems — septic systems whereby household waste is moved from septic tanks to a central processing plant, rather than a leach field.

  • Candidates for Council split on how to attract industry to city

     What’s the biggest concern voters have shared with Rockwood City Council candidates?

    “Feral cats carrying viruses that are killing the other folks’ house cats, believe it or not,” Sam Seat declared.

    “That beats my answer,” replied Shane Trew, while Bobby Anderson added, “Well, I can see me and Sam’s been to the same house.”

  • Kingston’s choice: Beets or Neal for mayor?




    Kingston Vice Mayor Tim Neal believes he would bring a better level of communication to city affairs should he win his bid for the mayor’s seat.

    Asked what separates him from his opponent, Neal said, “I think the fact that I’ll bring an open mind, that I will listen to citizen concerns and listen to the rest of council when it comes to decision making.”

  • Focus 30 at Bowers Elementary

    Bowers Elementary second graders read in small groups as part of the Focus 30 program.  
    "Focus 30 is an intense focus on the skills that each child needs to be working on to improve in reading and math," Brenda Arwood, principal, said. From left, Eli Blake, Andrew Brown and Emily Roswell.
    While Connor Williams, a second-grader at Bowers Elementary School, learns about the seasons in a small group of classmates.

  • City ready for important decision



    The final three candidates for Harriman’s first city manager were unique in their qualifications and experience.

    “I thought all three candidates were extremely good candidates, and any of the three could do the job well for us.” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

    “Each of the three had their own styles so it will be which style best fits us at this time,” he added.

  • Is there a double-duty problem for Meadows?



    Until he’s told otherwise, Roane County Commissioner Darryl Meadows said he plans to continue serving on the Industrial Development Board that oversees Plateau Partnership Park.

    The park is a joint venture between Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties. Each county has three representatives on the board.

    When Meadows became a Roane County commissioner on Sept. 1, some questioned whether he could continue to serve on the board.