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  • Record-setting profs surface

    Two Roane State Community College professors had their first breath of fresh air Monday after a record-breaking adventure living underwater for 73 days.

    Jessica Fain and Bruce Cantrell emerged to their first glimpse of sunlight on a warm Florida day and high fived each other. Breaking the surface was surreal for the pair, who have been underwater since Oct. 3.

    “It still didn’t seem real until we actually broke the surface and saw so many friends and family and well-wishers,”Cantrell said.

  • TRAPPED: Sparta man caught in trench for four hours

    A man working on a sewer project Friday afternoon became trapped in a ditch when a portion of it collapsed.

    Authorities were releasing neither the man’s name nor his condition at press time.

    “I was just praying he fell just the right way and they could get to him quick enough,” said Emily Clark, who lives near the construction site on Midtown’s Moses Lane.

    “They got his face and chest uncovered before anybody got here,” added her mother, Kim Clark.

  • Condo owners’ tax bills decrease

    The change in the way a group of Kingston condominiums are classified has resulted in a lower total market appraisal for those condo owners.

    Among them is Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan, whose property’s total market appraisal dropped $9,300.

    “Our area supervisor, Keith Gibson, actually pointed out that any buildings that were classified as condos, but owned the land underneath them by deed, were actually supposed to be listed as a townhouse,” Morgan said.

  • Indiana company acquires Rockwood’s Capstan

    Netshape Technologies of Floyds Knobs, Ind., has acquired Rockwood’s Capstan Tennessee Inc. and expects only growth in the future.

    Don Leonard, chief marketing officer for NetShape Technologies Inc., said employees at the Rockwood facility should not be concerned about their future.

    “We really don’t see any significant changes — especially in the short term,” Leonard said.

    “The only thing we’ll see in the long term is growth.”

  • Group wants to help Rockwood shelter

    Rockwood Animal Shelter is in need of a makeover, and some Rockwood residents are gearing up to help make it a reality.

    In fact, One Stop Pet Shop owner Joseph Clapp is starting an organization not only geared at helping with volunteer manpower but funds to help make needed repairs at the shelter, but once that is complete to help needy pet owners in the area.

    “If we can fix that place up down there, we’ll do it,” said Clapp.

  • Westcare Foundation to assist with substance abuse, mental health issues

    Westcare Foundation will have an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today, Monday.

    The organization focuses on providing assistance with substance abuse and mental health issues.

    It is opening outpatient services at 229 Carter Ave., Harriman, former site of Courts of Praise Church.

    For more information about the program visit www.westcare.com or call Jenny Tippens at 306-3746 or Lori Rodgers at 394-1356.

    Refreshments will be provided.

  • Caney Creek Road fire under investigation

    A one-story wooden frame structure at 321 Caney Creek Road, Rockwood caught fire Thursday evening.

    West Roane Fire Chief Charlie Redwine said no one was injured or living in the structure.

    “Right now, it is suspicious in nature and is under investigation,” Redwine said.

    East Roane, Blair and Midtown Volunteer Fire Departments assisted in getting the blaze extinguished.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘When cops are scared, they kill.’ Constance Rice

    Our headline is a quotation from Constance Rice, an educator-expert from Los Angeles who has studied and worked with various police departments over a protracted period of time.

    She was interviewed on Public Radio last week and gave some of the most perceptive comments we have as yet heard about the current national debate which has arisen over the killings in Ferguson, Missouri, and Staten Island, New York, of unarmed black men by policemen whom local grand juries have refused to indict.

  • TDEC fines trucking company for unapproved air contaminant source

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined Rogers Group Inc. $750 last month for operating a generator without a valid permit.

    According to TDEC, the generator was installed at the Rogers Group’s Roane County facility on Quarry Road in 1999.

    “The respondent (Rogers Group) took ownership of operations of this facility in July 2008, which included a nonpermitted air contaminant source (non-emergency generator),” the order said.

  • Zoning change attempt gets pushback

    Residents have to wait until January to hear the Roane County Commission’s decision on a controversial rezoning in East Roane County.

    Although it was on this month’s agenda, commissioners postponed the vote at their Dec. 8 meeting.

    William and Joanna McCarroll have asked that their property at 4709 Kingston Hwy. (Hwy. 70) be rezoned from developing agricultural to rural business.

    The Dollar General chain is planning to build a store there if the property is rezoned.