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  • Rockwood to meet on sewer upgrades

    Rockwood City Council will meet Thursday at 4 p.m. to approve resolutions regarding more than $1.4 million in Rural Development loan money to complete upgrades at the wastewater treatment plant.
    The upgrades are required under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.
    “This goes back to the same project we have talked about more than a year now. We are just waiting on jumping through these last hoops,” said manager Kim Ramsey, who inherited the aging system’s problems from previous management.

  • Morgan slip-fall lawsuit settled

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan settled his slip-and-fall lawsuit.
    He sued the Villages of Center Farm L.P., claiming it was responsible for an ankle injury he suffered in 2006. 
    The case was set for trial in Roane County Circuit Court on Jan. 24, but it settled on Jan. 23.
    Terms were not disclosed, but Morgan owes $7 in court costs.
    In the lawsuit, Morgan alleged that he fell from a curb when he was taking out his trash because a street light wasn’t working.

  • RSCC has help for human resources pros

    Human resources professionals who want to review before taking the Professional in Human Resources or Senior Professional in Human Resources certification exams can take advantage of a class at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus.
    The college’s Office of Community Outreach and Professional Training is presenting a course that utilizes the SHRM Learning System, the most widely used tool available to prepare for the certification exams. The class will be Thursdays, 6-9 p.m., from Feb. 7-April 25 at the Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.

  • Black History Month show at RSCC

    “Lift Every Voice,” a one-act play that tells the story and influence of the Harlem Renaissance, will be held at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus on Wednesday, Feb. 6.
    Performances will be held in the O’Brien Theatre at 12:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
    The WordPlayers, a nonprofit theatre company, will perform “Lift Every Voice” as part of Black History Month. The 50-minute play features drama, song and dance.

  • DA says no proof of theft in bar death

    Witnesses reported seeing someone go through David Harvey’s pockets as he either lay dying or dead in the parking lot of a bar outside Harriman.

    No one, however, has been charged with theft or robbery, and that’s not gone over well with Harvey’s family.

    “We’ve talked to the family,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “The family wants us to charge theft or robbery, but we can’t prove anything was taken.”

    Harvey, 46, died outside the Grill & Pub on July 23, 2011.

  • More meth labs seized in Roane over the last year

    Meth labs continue to proliferate in Roane County, despite state laws passed in recent years that were supposed to curb the problem.

    “We’ve dealt with more labs than we care to deal with, but they’re there and we got to deal with them,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said.

    Kristin Helm, a public information officer for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, said complete statistics for 2012 were not available.

  • Get Connected: Clearinghouse aims to help match volunteers, agencies for perfect fit

    Finding volunteer opportunities that match your skills and interest just got easier.

    The United Way went live late last week with the Roane County Volunteer Clearinghouse, an easy centralized way for organizations to promote their volunteer opportunities and a way for those interested in volunteering to search with ease.

    “So many people here in our community want to serve,” said Amy Harmon, executive director of Roane County United Way.

    “They want to give, but they just don’t know how.”

  • Beer board to consider permit for Maggie’s Place

    The Roane County Beer Board is scheduled to meet on Tuesday to consider an application for an on and off premises beer permit.

    The applicant is Deborah Violet, 181 Tacoma Road, Oak Ridge.

    The permit is for Maggie’s Place, 3015 Harriman Hwy., Harriman.

    The property is owned by Tony Clough. According to Violet’s application, Bill Lassiter held the last beer permit at the location.

    Members of the public can appear before the Beer Board to express approval or disapproval of the permit.

  • Ice storm? ‘Please stay home’

    Roane County officials are advising people to stay off the roads if icy conditions develop.
    “We can’t stress that enough,” Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose said. “Please stay home.”
    According to the National Weather Service Office in Morristown, significant icing is possible across the East Tennessee Valley late Thursday through Friday evening.

  • Fake money allegedly passed

    An alleged counterfeiter was arrested on Jan. 18.
    Larry Dale Griffis faces two counts of counterfeiting and theft.
    According to the warrant on the counterfeit charges, Rockwood police were dispatched to Hardee’s on Jan. 3 in reference to fake money being used.
    “The complainant advised that she received a $20 bill that was counterfeit,” the warrant said. “She stated that she knows the man who passed it. She advised that it was the defendant Larry Dale Griffis, whom she had worked with in the past.”