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  • Mobile devices head to college

    Roane State Community College is following the lead of one of its sister schools by utilizing mobile learning devices in the classroom.
    Several members of the Roane State faculty are now using iPads to help teach courses, an idea pioneered in East Tennessee by Walters State Community College in Morristown.
    “Students expect us to have technology integrated into the courses. I kind of see this as the next step,” said Mike Hill, Roane State’s director of teaching arts and technology and, as of August, director of learning centers and learning support.

  • Rockwood's lovin' its new McDonald's
  • Manson follower Davis gets parole

    Bruce Davis, a Roane County High School graduate who was a member of the murderous Charles Manson Family, was granted parole on Oct. 4 by a California parole board.
    However, he remains incarcerated in a California prison because the board’s decision has to undergo a 120-day review.

  • City revision a sign of the times

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The words from the old Five Man Electrical Band 1960’s hippie-rock nugget “Signs” could have been the soundtrack to a lengthy discussion that opened this month’s Kingston City Council work session:
    Signs, signs, everywhere signs. Blockin’ up the scenery, breakin’ my mind …
    Council discussed a new, significantly revamped sign ordinance for the city, though it ultimately decided to table the issue until November at the suggestion of City Manager Jim Pinkerton.

  • Rabies shots to be available Saturday in Oliver Springs

    A rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at Greene Farm and Garden at 645 E. Tri County Blvd., Oliver Springs.
    Rabies shots are $10; annual distemper and parvo shots for dogs are also available for $10.
    Call Green’s at 435-4808 or Planned Pet-Hood at 882-9966 for details.

  • Band complaints prompt Kingston proposal limiting late-night noise

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston City Council members tried speaking softly to a repeat violator of local noise ordinance.
    Now they’re pulling out the big stick.
    In this instance, the stick comes in the form of a revised ordinance that specifies actual decibel levels allowable at various times of day.
    Council members agreed at the Oct. 2 work session to vote on the ordinance’s first reading at the Oct. 9 full session.

  • Pizza may come with fire truck in Harriman

    Order a pizza at Domino’s in Harriman during Fire Prevention Week and customers might get a visit from the Harriman Fire Department.
    City firefighters are partnering with Domino’s Monday through Friday of this week from 5 to 7 p.m.
    A fire truck will tag along with delivery drivers to some of the calls in the city limits of Harriman.
    Residents who are visited by the fire trucks will get their order for free if they have working smoke alarms. 
    It’s a good deal, even for those without working smoke alarms.

  • Evacuation blamed on critter

    Residents of Harriman Gardens apartment complex were evacuated from their residences Sunday evening because of a fire.
    Authorities said a fluffy-tailed rodent was to blame.
    “There was a squirrel that got into a main bank of HUB’s power grid block,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said. “It kicked breakers and caused some electrical fires in both buildings, 925 and 929 Sewanee (St).”

  • ‘Big one’ work set to start in 2013: Upgrades to intersection at Hwys. 58, 70

    Don White has a succinct and appropriate name for the planned intersection upgrade to Hwys. 58 and 70 — the single most-significant project pending in Kingston right now at a half-million dollars.

    He calls it, simply, “the big one.”

    White, Kingston City Council’s transportation committee chairman, had both in-person and mail correspondence with Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional Director Steve Borden this summer.

  • Vets told clinic closing

    Roane County veterans began receiving letters last week informing them of the pending closure of the Roane County Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood.

    The clinic, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, is scheduled to close Oct. 31, according to the letter.

    One of those who received notification was U.S. Navy veteran Ray Collett, a former Rockwood City Council member.

    Collett said on Friday he had been calling all morning to find out where he will go if he needs medical treatment.