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  • $1.25 million loan needed to comply with order

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas wants to borrow $1.25 million to build an oxidation ditch required for the city’s sewer system under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.
    “We have basically been able to tiptoe around that and defer it and put it off and have the order pushed out, but the day is here to do that,” said board Chairman Darryl Meadows. “We have no choice. We have to comply with that order.”

  • Sheriff’s office hours changing on Monday

    From staff reports
    Hours are changing for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    Beginning Monday, April 9, the business office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
    The change will not affect inmate visitation hours, which are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Friday.
    The business office and inmate visitation will be closed for all government holidays.
    The sheriff’s office is at 230 N. Third St., Kingston.
    For non-emergencies after office hours, call 354-8045. For emergencies, call 911.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Paul Ryan’s budget may have sealed GOP fate

    Note: Longtime readers will recall that a couple of seasons back we wrote of a white-flowered Paulownia (Princess tree) located on Highway 72 just above Paint Rock.

    On the way back from Vonore Wednesday morning, we passed the site of the tree and are pleased to report that it was in full flower.

  • Ben*Jam sweeps music awards on state, national level

    Rockwood-based Southern Gospel band  Ben*Jam received three major awards at the recent 2012 North American Country Music Association International.

    The band picked up honors for most promising band, most promising songwriter and Horizon album at the March event in Pigeon Forge.

    Ben*Jam also did well at the Tennessee Country and Gospel Music Association, with wins for best album, best video, Horizon vocalist, two-time best songwriter and most promising band.

  • Humane Society goes green to help pets
  • Easter parading baskets to Head Start
  • Friends don’t let friends drive drunk
  • Less than 2 weeks left to file taxes

    With the tax filing deadline two weeks away, the Internal Revenue Service today reminded taxpayers that quick and easy solutions are available if they can’t file their returns or pay their taxes on time, and they can even request relief online.
    The IRS expects more than 600,000 Tennesseans to file tax returns in the next two weeks and about 170,000 to request filing extensions.
    "Don’t panic, but be sure to act by the April 17 deadline" said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.

  • Glitterville’s Brown to judge on TLC series

    Rockwood native and artist Stephen Brown will be a judge on the new TLC series “Craft Wars.”
    The show, which focuses on craft enthusiasts, is hosted and executive produced by actress Tori Spelling.
    TLC’s website announced the show as well as Brown’s Glitterville website, www.glitterville.com.
    It debuts June 26.
    Brown’s company Glitterville sells whimsical products for festivities from birthdays to Christmas.
    The company also has a Halloween craft book for presale at vendors including Amazon.

  • Support urged at VA hospital meeting

    The kickoff meeting for the effort to get a Veterans Administration hospital in the Roane Medical Center building in downtown Harriman is at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Harriman American Legion 53 on Morgan Avenue.
    Tommy True, who has been instrumental in organizing the event, said it’s key that a large crowd shows up so that government officials take their endeavors seriously.
    “If people want this to happen, they really need to show up at this meeting and show a concern that they’d like to see it completed,” True said.