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  • Brrrrrr ... Blue Bell stocks ice cream to the rafters in massive freezer

    The biggest part of Blue Bell Creameries Roane County expansion is its massive freezer.

    Company officials said that part of the building is around 10,000 square feet.

    “As you can see, we have ice cream that runs all the way up to the rafters,” said Chad Staten, Blue Bell’s branch manager in Nashville.

    Staten and other Blue Bell officials were in town last month to celebrate completion of the company’s new branch distribution center in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

  • On first day of third term, sheriff says he’ll run again

    The opponent was different this year, but the result was the same for Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    He will start his third four-year term today – Monday – after another decisive election victory.

    “It’s an honor to serve as sheriff of this county,” Stockton said. “I hope to serve this four years the same way I served the last two terms.”

  • Midtown Elementary takes on bullying

    Midtown Elementary School is tackling the bullying issue using a well-known national program.

    They’ve implemented the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, which was developed by Dan Olweus.

    “We want the community to be aware we are doing something about bullying,” said principal Kim Inman.

    On Thursday, Sept. 4, parents will be introduced to the Olweus program, and the families will experience some of the same activities their children will take on the next day during school hours.

  • Rolex among items taken in Kingston heist last week

    A Seymour man was allegedly robbed in Kingston last Wednesday morning.

    Madison Rhea Bolden, 18, Darian Blake Julian, 22, Chad Ray Burgess, 36, and Carrie Michelle Watson, 21, have all been charged with aggravated robbery in the incident, in which property valued at $12,681 was allegedly taken from 23-year-old Asa Crawford.

    The property included Rolex and Nixon watches valued at $11,250.

  • 100-plus pills in woman’s purse

    A Rockwood woman arrested at Walmart last month had more than 100 prescription pills in her purse, according to police.

    Jessica Faith Martin, 27, was charged with manufacture, sell or delivery of a controlled substance, possession without a prescription, theft of property and criminal trespassing.

    According to the arrest warrant, police were dispatched to Walmart on Aug. 14 regarding shoplifting.

  • Free talk focuses on East Tenn. English

    “East Tennessee English,” a free brown-bag lecture by Paul Reed, will take place at noon Sept. 10 in East Tennessee History Center at 601 S. Gay St., Knoxville.

    Those participating are asked to bring a brown-bag lunch for the program. Soft drinks will be available.

    Most natives of Appalachia are aware that their speech is different from that of others, but they may not understand exactly why and how.

    Reed will explain the variations and contributing factors and how their rich linguistic system is

  • New rule mandates giving consumers access to auto, motorcycle recall details

    Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper wants Tennesseans to be aware that they will now have access to vehicle recall information under a new National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rule.

    The new rule requires automakers and motorcycle manufacturers to provide vehicle specific recall information for consumers on the NHTSA’s SaferCar website – www.safercar.gov.

    It was recently determined as many as 30 percent of recalled vehicles do not receive the necessary repairs, according to NTHSA research, which leave many drivers at risk.

  • Arby’s food truck a hit

    Roane Countians like roast beef.

    When the Arby’s franchise in Knoxville parked a food truck in Midtown Wednesday, people — hundreds at a time — stood on hot pavement in snaking lines, waiting to order. Some brought their children. Several brought their dogs.

    One Wendy’s employee waited clad in her work uniform.

    Did she feel guilty about that?

    “Not in the least,” she said.

    Michael and Amy Daugherty drove from Rockwood for a chance at some different fast-food fare.

  • Money for ‘God’ plaques slow to come

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said her office has received $1,300 for the “In God We Trust” resolution the County Commission approved on July 14 — significantly less than what officials said was needed.

    The resolution calls for the phrase to be posted over the north and south entrances of the courthouse and in the commission meeting room.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis, the sponsor of the resolution, said the cost to post the phrase at those locations will be about $4,200.

  • Oliver Springs’ colorful past captured in glass

    Oliver Springs Historical Society captured the city’s rich history in an elaborately colorful way.

    Above the entry into the society’s home in the Abston Building ― which has had lives as a theater and garage ― it’s a stained-glass image of long-gone Oliver Springs Hotel.

    “It is way over 1,000 pieces. Even the fence, every little fence (post) is a piece,” said Eddie Coker, a part of the historical society. The design accurately depicts the hotel and nearby surroundings.