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  • WINDPOWER

    One hundred and eight pinwheels were planted in front of the Roane County Courthouse last week in honor of Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    Each pinwheel represents a Roane County child who was identified as a victim of abuse during the 2012-13 fiscal year.

    Chris Evans-Longmire, executive director of the Child Advocacy Center of the 9th Judicial District, said the even more troubling thing about that number is many more victims go unidentified.

  • Farmer OK’d three raises in final days

    Former Roane County executive Mike Farmer allowed raises to be granted for three employees less than a week before he had to leave office in 2010.

    Heather Stooksbury, who worked in purchasing, received a $3,200 raise.

    Jacque Coleman, who also worked in purchasing, received a $1,000 raise.

    “I have met with the county executive and he has authorized me to make the following adjustments in the purchasing budget with an effective date of Aug. 22, 2010,” purchasing agent Lynn Farnham said in an email to payroll clerk Linda Stooksbury.

  • Scammer claims to be officer at Rockwood

    A caller claiming to be from the Rockwood Police Department and telling people to send money is a scam being investigated by the department.

    Rockwood Police Department Chief Danny Wright said the department has received reports of a man claiming to be a Lt. John Davis from the Rockwood Police Department telling people either they missed a jury summons or have an outstanding warrant and instructing them to mail him a prepaid debit card for $486.13.

    Wright said no John Davis works for Rockwood Police Department.

  • Wamp: ‘Obamacare’ tactic childish

    Weston Wamp called Congressman Chuck Fleischmann childish for his recent “Unhappy Birthday Obamacare” campaign.

    “Sometimes they’ll talk about me being the young candidate,” Wamp said. “If he’s wishing a piece of legislation an unhappy birthday, I don’t know who the more immature candidate is,” he added.

    “It sounds like him.”

    March 23 marked the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, often referred to as “Obamacare.”

  • ‘Heart of Caring’ offers pampering to caregivers

    Carolyn Moore gets a well-deserved break, visiting with other caregivers like herself while bright hues are painted on their fingernails.

    For years, she cared for her husband Billy, who suffers from dementia, at home before she had to put him in a nursing home.

    “I had him at home I guess four years,” Moore said.

    “Last year, he fell and broke his pelvis. He couldn’t stand up, so I had to go take him to the nursing home.

    “I’m down there pretty regular.”

  • Director of accounts didn’t receive full salary budgeted in first year

    Kaley Walker started her job as Roane County director of accounts and budgets on Oct. 1, 2010.

    The salary budgeted for the position that fiscal year was $69,461.

    Walker, however, was only paid $41,344, which included $1,220 for board and committee meetings.

    “We hired her at the total budget amount, but we did not pay her at that rate immediately,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody said he wanted to give Walker some incentive to prove herself worthy of the job.

  • Police stun combative man

    Joel Glenn Willis, a 55-year-old Kingston man, was charged with assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and criminal trespass last week.

    Kingston Police Officer Brian Luttrell said he was traveling on North Third Street when he saw Willis standing in the road, yelling at cars.

    “When Mr. Willis saw me, he started walking toward the United Community Bank located at 223 N. Third St.,” the report said. “Mr. Willis made entry into the bank.”

    Luttrell said Willis became combative while inside the bank.

  • Hair donation drive part of Relay for Life events

    One of the most dramatic experiences cancer patients have during treatment is losing their hair.

    Locks of Love is a charity that helps collect natural hair to make wigs for ill children, including those impacted by cancer treatment.

    A Locks of Love donation drive will be part of this year’s Roane County Relay for Life event April 25.

    Those who wish to donate 10 inches of hair to make wigs for those who lost their hair while undergoing cancer treatment can go to the event to have their hair cut by a licensed beautician at 8 p.m.

  • Chamber awards banquet set April 25

    Spring has finally arrived, and with it comes one of Roane County’s most-anticipated social events – the Roane County Chamber of Commerce awards banquet.

    The banquet, set for April 25 in Whitestone Country Inn, is now in its 68th year and still one of the more popular events for Roane County businesses and community leaders.

    Tickets are now available, as well as opportunities to donate items to the silent auction.

  • Habitat to start accepting home applications April 15

    Roane County Habitat for Humanity will accept applications for home ownership from April 15-May 15.

    Applications are available at the Habitat website at www.roanehabitat.org.

    Appplications will also be available at public libraries in Harriman, Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood; Harriman and Kingston Food City; and Mid-East Community Action Agency, Harriman.

    Contact 376-5770 or vicepresident@roanehabitat.org for details.