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  • 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.

  • EPA has good news for Harriman

    Harriman’s been eyeing the former papermill site off Emory Road for recreational use for years.
    The city is getting closer to the reality, according to a letter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
    “We anticipate that once any cleanup that may be required is done that the land will be suitable for commercial, industrial, or recreational uses,” said Scott Miller, EPA project manager.

  • Seven arrested after Harriman meth labs found



    Seven people were arrested on meth-related charges Wednesday night after Harriman Police searched a home at 942 Sevier Drive.

    “This has been a problem house,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    Detectives went there in search of two theft suspects, and smelled the odor of methamphetamine, police said. Everyone inside the residence were evacuated for safety reasons. Detectives found three active one-pot meth labs in the walls.

    Heidle said the house may be condemned.

  • Schools architect plan has critics



    Some officials are skeptical of the school system’s plan to hire an architect.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said an architect will look at the school system’s operations and make recommendations.

    “That’s kind of the problem with the architects that do that,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “They’ll always come up with a building program.”

    Aytes didn’t dismiss the notion.

  • School closing rumors swirling



    With talk about consolidation and steep cuts in education, rumors are swirling around Roane County about school closings.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said his advice to people who are concerned is to contact the central office and don’t rely on Facebook and other social media.