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  • State pulls Roane job center

    Roane County residents will have to go outside the county now for help with much of their career services.
    Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development is pulling out of 34 career centers in June “in order to continue job placement activities with fewer federal dollars,” Acting Commissioner Burns Phillips announced this week in a news release.

  • Emergency chief leaves for TVA spot

    Howie Rose is continuing his career in the emergency field, just not with Roane County.
    The director of the county’s Office of Emergency Services has resigned his position and accepted a job with TVA. 
    “My last full time day of employment will be May 3, 2013,”  he said in a letter to County Executive Ron Woody.
    Rose said now is the time for him to move on.  

  • Junior Ranger program seeks kids

    Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Ranger Program offers children ages 6-14 excellent outdoor educational opportunities.
    There are two ways to become an official Tennessee State Parks’ Junior Ranger.
    Interested children may attend a Junior Ranger Camp in June and July at various parks throughout the state; or complete a series of activities found in the Junior Ranger Adventure Guide.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Now I remember why I got that bike

    Some of you have been asking me about the motorcycle I bought last fall.
    I rode it a bit over the winter — just enough to keep the battery charged and the carburetor from fouling.
    Now that spring has made its reluctant appearance, I’m logging more miles and remembering why it is I decided to purchase this rumbling roadster.

  • Odd behavior nets meth arrests

    Harriman police were dispatched to Walgreens recently on a report that several people had purchased medicines containing pseudoephedrine in close intervals.

    The call resulted in the arrest of a Wartburg man and woman.

    Jeffery Wayne England and Nicole Denise Eubanks are each charged with initiation of the process to manufacture methamphetamine.

    Pseudoephedrine is found in common cold and allergy medicines and is the main precursor to making meth.

    Harriman police said Eubanks was attempting to make a purchase when they arrived at the store.

  • Tax breaks for firefighters?

    Counties often use tax breaks to attract businesses.

    West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department Chief Charlie Redwine said he sees another use for tax breaks.

    “If we can do it for businesses, I don’t see why we can’t do it for volunteer firefighters,” he said.

    Roane County has five volunteer fire departments.

    Redwine said he believes offering property tax breaks would help with recruitment and retention of  volunteer firefighters.

  • Yager addresses Watts Bar shooting incident

    State Sen. Ken Yager  of Harriman said the recent exchange of gunfire by a security guard and unknown assailant at Watts Bar nuclear facility near Spring City shows the need for a law he sponsored in 2012 that allows security officers to carry firearms.  

    The new law gives security officers at Tennessee’s two Category 1 nuclear power plants, Watts Bar and Sequoyah, the authority to use deadly force to prevent an act of radioactive sabotage.

  • Tournament could be tourism home run

    Rockwood’s demographic will soon have a profound, although temporary, shift in late July.
    The town will soon be bustling with 7- and 8-year-olds and their families from Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.
    Rockwood will be hosting the 2013 Dixie Youth AA baseball world series.
    “It is a huge deal for Rockwood,” said Rockwood Park and Recreation Director Jody Mioduski. “I need a lot of help; I need a lot of donations to pull this thing off.”
    He said it will be worth it.

  • Schools could cost you more

    Roane County Board of Education members wrestled again with the prospect of a tax increase to balance the proposed 2013-14 school budget last week.
    “We’re about $3 million short. Is that right?” Board member Sam Cox asked.
    “Yes,” schools business manager Eric Harbin responded.
    “What kind of tax-rate increase would that be?” Cox asked.
    “Twenty-six cents,” Harbin responded.

  • No easy path for Kingston greenway

    Even as the main installment of the Ladd Landing Greenway nears completion, other planned portions — including a fourth greenway and a parking lot expansion — have snagged on bureaucratic issues.
    Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton reported at a recent meeting that the project, comprising greenway sections A, B, and C in the city’s Ladd Landing development, should be finished in May.