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  • Shared training firing up cities

    Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood Fire Departments are collaborating more than ever and the most recent partnership is to host leadership classes at the different departments.

    Rockwood Fire Chief Matt Crabtree said the idea was born from a discussion between himself, Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon and former Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey. Harriman Deputy Chief Brad Daniels was fully supportive as well, Crabtree noted.

  • Omni Visions CEO addresses lawsuit

    Omni Visions President/CEO Steve Norris said his company will be zealous in its defense of a lawsuit filed by a former employee.

    “We’re going to vigorously defend ourselves against the allegations in the complaint,” Norris said Monday.

    Omni Visions operates Roane Academy, which is located in the Roane County Industrial Park.

    The facility houses male juveniles for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

    “We haven’t even seen the complaint yet,” Norris said.

  • Heidle, Mayes new to Rockwood police force

    The city of Rockwood has two new police officers on the job and is looking to hire two more.

    Police Chief Bill Stinnett said that the two new hires, Randy Heidle and John Mayes, are already on the job.

    Mayes, who has been working for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office as an investigator, has taken the position of Deputy Chief. Mayes is a former Rockwood police officer.

    “John is already doing an outstanding job,” Stinnett said.

  • Trio charged with theft after Harriman burglary

    From staff reports

    Harriman Police officers arrested three men on theft and weapons charges following a burglary in Harriman Saturday.

    According to the report, officers responded to a 911 call of a burglary in progress at 806 Trenton Street.

    The complainant identified Tyler Bryant and two other males entering the residence and on the porch. On arrival, the three male subjects were detained pending the investigation.

  • Weed foes seek volunteers

    The Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council is expanding its board of directors and looking for volunteers.

    Several dozen volunteers met Monday at the Rockwood Community Center to discuss the ongoing evolution of the council, which was formed over the past few months in response to the challenge of invasive weeds on Watts Bar Lake.

    The council has already named at least a dozen stakeholders to its board of directors and is looking for volunteers to chair the various committees that are in the process of being organized.


    If it wasn’t for proximity, officials with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission might have never heard from Jake Almond on Monday.

    “I never wanted to be a NIMBY – not in my backyard,” he said.

    That changed when TVA began flirting with the idea of putting a small modular nuclear reactor at its Clinch River site in Roane County.

  • Paving, sidewalks on tap for Rockwood

    Rockwood residents won’t see a property tax increase this fiscal year if the Rockwood City Council approves Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller’s proposed budget.

    Miller presented his 2018 fiscal year budget at a workshop last week.

    The $5.2 million budget shows a beginning fund balance of $841,891.

    “Things are better. They aren’t where I want them to be, but they are better,” said Miller.

    One item Miller plans on tackling this year is some paving, albeit at this point it’s not a huge amount.

  • Harriman wreck numbers crashing

    Harriman has some bustling streets, so traffic accidents are to be expected.

    Harriman Police Department has been trying to turn that trend on its head, however — and it appears they are getting results.

    “Last month, I believe, was the first time we have only had one accident with injury in a month,” said Police Chief Derek Pacifico at his recent State of the Police Department address.

    In April, that one crash with injury was a minor one on Emory Drive.

    There were 14 total accidents for the month, slightly up from March.

  • Ambassadors give new look to Boys & Girls Club

    Boys & Girls Club of Roane County attendees found a different building when they returned to the club last Friday afternoon.

    Thanks to donations from Lowe’s Home Improvement Store and dedicated volunteers from the Roane County Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, the club got a needed facelift, with new paint, new shelving, counters and other storage space and new supplies.

    “I’m forever grateful,” said Director Zack McFarland.