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  • Pirate Fest holds last weekend

    The Tennessee Pirate Fest has one more weekend, Oct 20-21, from 11-6 p.m. at 550 Fiske Road, Harriman.

    This weekend the professional live entertainment will include The Tortuga Twins (PG comedy show), Up Down Go (circus duo), and Blackbeard Simplified (interactive comedy). There will be live music by The CrossJacks (Pirate duo), Black Mass Hollow (Traditional/Celtic duo), and Vere Henry (steel drum). Entertainment schedules will be available online and at the gate.

  • Harriman not on board with metro government

    By Richard Evans

    The idea of metro government received a chilly, if not downright icy reception during the Harriman City Council workshop Tuesday evening.

    “We looked at this [metro government] back in 1999-2000 and it worked its way up through the early part of 2000s, seeing the benefits, the pros and cons, and I know at that time the council never did form a committee but they did their own research and study,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • County approves plans for Midway, OS schools

    The Roane County Commission took some action on the Board of Education’s building program Monday.

    It approved two of the projects over the objections of school officials.

    “We did not vote to send just the Midway and Oliver Springs project to you,” School Board Chairman Nadine Jackson told the Commission.

  • Kingston’s first female mayor dies in Nashville

    Ruby Luckey Fielden, a long- time fixture on the Kingston political scene, passed away last month at 94.

    Known to most as Ruby Luckey, she distinguished herself as the first woman mayor of Kingston.

    She served on Kingston City Council as well.

    She was also known for her involvement in many other civic projects including senior housing, walking trails and the World’s Fair Committee.

    “We were close friends from the first time I met her,” said Gerald Largen, former County Executive and columnist for the Roane County News.


    More than three dozen people are expected to testify during the ash spill worker trial. It looks like former TVA executive Anda Ray won’t be one of them.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Guyton quashed her subpoena.

    Ray’s attorney, Ronald T. Hill, filed the motion to quash last week.

    Guyton announced his ruling after listening to arguments on the issue Monday.

  • Kingston police investigate robbery at KenJo gas station on Gallaher

    Kingston police responded to a report of a robbery at the KenJo gas station on Gallaher Road last week.

    The store clerk told police the suspect took cash from a drawer.

    “Nobody was hurt,” Kingston Police Department Sgt. Roy Montgomery said.

    According to the report, Kingston Police Officers Brent Barger and Dustin Arnold responded to the gas station around 1 a.m. on Oct. 12 after being notified by dispatch.

  • Man injured in crash still at hospital

    One of the people involved in a head-on crash last week was still in the hospital.

    The crash happened on Gallaher Road.

    Kingston Police Department Sgt. Roy Montgomery said Wayne Redman was traveling toward Oak Ridge around 7:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 in a Toyota pickup truck when he was hit head-on by Calvin Goldberg. Montgomery said Goldberg was driving a white Ford van.

    “Goldberg stated to me that he fell asleep at the wheel, crossed over four lanes of traffic and hit Mr. Redman head-on,” Montgomery said.