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  • Kingston department fires up the grill for Michael Dunn Center

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon was dealing with fire Monday morning, but in a good way.

    Gordon and the Kingston Fire Department hosted a picnic for Michael Dunn Center at Kingston City Park.

    “We’re doing a fun day for Michael Dunn Center,” Gordon said after grilling more than 100 hot dogs. “It’s a way for us to give back to the community.”

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  • Commissioner working for Road Dept.

    Randy Ellis, Roane County commissioner and chairman of the Road Committee, will be working for the Roane County Road Department.

    According to county payroll records, Ellis was hired by Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson for the position of “office personnel” effective Sept. 13.

    “He’s doing the litter, the fuel and the payroll,” Ferguson said. “He’s also helping with a beautification project we’re working on and the new internal controls we have to do for county offices.”


    Roane County residents joined the rest of Tennessee in feeling the crunch of a gas panic that ensued after word that a pipeline was temporarily shut down because of a leak.

    That panic led many people to rush to the pumps to fill up in fear of a gas shortage and prices jumped about 10 cents since last week.

    Stations in the area typically hovered around the $2 mark last week. Now prices are ranging from $2.09 to $2.19 per gallon of regular gas in Roane County.

  • No breach of account info in Credit Union texting scam

    Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union representatives said a texting scam that began this weekend is not a data breach for the agency.

    Credit Union representatives also said this week all account information is secure and has not been hacked.

    “Please remind all citizens no financial institution will ever text or call a customer to request personal information,” said Rebecca E. Lawson, chief support officer/administration for Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union.

  • Eblen, Simmons portraits now at courthouse

    Retired judges E. Eugene Eblen and Russell E. Simmons Jr. returned Friday to the courtroom they presided over for many years.

    They weren’t back to hear another case, however.

    Eblen and Simmons were there to witness the unveiling of their portraits that will hang in the Circuit/Criminal Courtroom at the Roane County Courthouse.

    That’s a big honor for a judge, according to judicial officials.

  • Rockwood teen hurt in crash, father charged with DUI

    A Rockwood father was arrested on Friday after he allegedly caused a car crash that injured his teenage daughter.

    Steve Eugene Frizzell, 44, is charged with driving under the influence, child endangerment and vehicular assault.

    The accident happened near the intersection of Hwy. 70 and Delozier Lane around 6 p.m.

    According to warrants filed by Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Woody, Frizzell was behind the wheel of a 1999 Buick that was headed south when the crash occurred.

    “The suspect was intoxicated,” warrants said.

  • Narramore’s happy harvest

    Fall is in the air and that is evident in the Midway community as Narramore Farms Pumpkin Patch and Corn Maze is set to open on Saturday, Sept. 24.

    This is the second year owners Blake and P.J. Narramore, along with 3-year old daughter Willow, have had a pumpkin patch, but this will be the first year for the corn maze.

  • Harriman eyes old hospital for new use

    City of Harriman officials continue to ponder what to do with the old Roane Medical Center in downtown.

    “It is a big building and it is just sitting,” new Mayor Wayne Best said. “We need to come to a determination on what we are going to use that building for. I think there is plenty of room in there to do a lot of things.”

  • Harriman tries to sell raising local sales tax

    Harriman officials hope residents who want to see infrastructure improvements will support a proposed .25 percent sales tax increase.

    A sales tax referendum on the ballot for Nov. 4, proposes raising the city’s local sales tax from 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent. The increase would bring the total city and state sales tax rate to 9.75 percent.

    “We think that would generate about $458,000 a year. All that would be set aside for infrastructure improvements,” said city manager Kevin Helms.