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  • Rockwood moves on cleanup efforts

    Property cleanup was a hot-button issue during Rockwood city election campaigns, and it looks like officials took note.
    Rockwood City Council recently approved a resolution moving $10,000 from the sale of property to a line item for cleanup such as burned homes in the area.
    “To work on them, you have to have money and you have to go to court ...” said Mayor James  Watts.
    Councilman Mike Freeman brought the issue up most recently.

  • Reluctant pastor celebrates 30 years

    The Rev. Ottis Ball celebrated 30 years of ministering to his congregation at Harriman Church of God this week.
    “It’s been a great 30 years,” Ball said. “We’ve got a great bunch of people here and always have had, that they love one another, love me and my wife and love the Lord. And and you know it’s just been a good ride.”
    Ball, who is from Newport originally, came to Harriman after feeling led to shift gears after spending five and a half years at Green Meadow Church of God in Alcoa.
    He’s had a lot to enjoy.

  • Harriman cuts deal on guns, truck

    A recent change in state law now allows seized weapons to be traded for weapons for police departments.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said the change, passed this summer, will allow him to trade in 104 seized weapons to go toward the purchase of four AR15 rifles from Mohawk Armory.

    Heidle said the local distributor makes good weapons.

    “We know the weapons we’re trading and believe fully that it is a pretty good price,” Heidle said.

  • Fundraiser for little 'angel'

    The story of Emilie Gregg, a Rockwood girl facing a rare genetic disorder, has touched many lives.

    The angelic-faced youth and her family inspired two Avon representatives to find an organization to do a fundraiser for them.

    “I can’t get her out of my mind,” Alicia Webb said.“She was brought into our lives for a reason I think.”

    Angie Thompson and Webb both found a partnership with the Avery Trace Civitan Club, which includes members Tonya Watts, director of residential habilitation at Michael Dunn Center.

  • Ambulance rate hike recommended

    People with no insurance have a hard time paying for their use of the Roane County ambulance service.
    “I think it’s 13 percent of our total transports are non-insured, and most of those accounts are delinquent,” said Howie Rose, director of the county ambulance department.
    The uninsured could have an even harder time paying in the future.
    The Roane County Ambulance Committee is recommending a rate increase.
    “We’re leaving a lot of money on the table,” Chairman James Brummett said.

  • Hold-up attempt at Bluff Road Rocky Top

    A woman tried to rob the Rocky Top on Bluff Road Monday night.
    The clerk told sheriff’s officials a white female with dark hair approached the register and demanded $250.
    “He tried to stall her by counting out the money, hoping someone would walk in the store,” the report said.
    The clerk also told authorities that the female, “stated that she had no problem killing him and raised her left hand inside the pocket of her hoodie as if to have a gun.”

  • Fire burns Harriman house

    A Harriman fire Friday night heavily damaged aresidential home that was being prepared for occupation.
    Harriman firefighters were called to 516 Henderson St. around 10:30 p.m. and fought the fire while neighbors watched from their yards.
    At one point — before Harriman Utility Board crews shut off the electricity — a live line to the home was a concern.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said it appears the fire started somewhere in the rear of the home.

  • Kingston may widen liquor base

    Kingston Council took the first step in opening the city’s retail liquor business to competition from all comers at its October meeting, but not without a rare note of dissent.
    Councilman Kevin McClure spoke out prior to the first reading of an ordinance that would alter an existing city ordinance that limits retail liquor sales to individuals who live in Kingston.
    If the ordinance passes on an eventual second reading, eligible business interests from outside the city would become eligible to open liquor stores here.

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