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  • Oliver Springs: Don’t close our school

    No decisions have been made to close any Roane County schools, according to officials.

    That didn’t stop a large group of Oliver Springs High School supporters from showing up at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    “As you can tell, we’ve come out in force,” Oliver Springs resident Glen Haney said. The show of support was because of rumors that Oliver Springs High School may be closed.

  • Amendment language not clear to voters

    Amendment 1 opponents are complaining about the language voters will see on the ballot when they head to the polls today — Wednesday — for the start of early voting.

  • Hopes high for grants for Rockwood’s Fuller Park

    Rockwood officials have big goals for Tom Fuller Park. They kicked off renewed attempts to make them a reality at a public hearing Monday.

    The first public hearing was to explore applying for a transportation enhancement grant for a possible trailhead, with walking trails (or sidewalks) to where they stop past Ridge View Elementary School.

    Those plans include construction of a possible pavilion with restrooms and other amenities.


    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.”