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  • Rockwood may hire parks, recreation head today

    Rockwood City Council will consider hiring a parks and recreation director during its regular monthly meeting today, Monday.

    The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    Mayor James Watts is recommending Jody Mioduski for the position.

    “He has a tremendous knowledge of not only areas in parks and recreation, but he has a degree in accounting,” Watts said.

  • Former Kingston mayor Humphreys dead at 81

    Robert D. “Bob” Humphreys, a community businessman and leader who served three terms as Kingston’s mayor, died Friday at age 81.

    Though retired for the most part from public life, Humphreys was on Roane County’s E-911 board of directors at the time of his passing. He had served on the board as a representative for Kingston for 20 years.

  • Mayor in D.C. to pitch VA proposal

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is scheduled to be in Washington D.C., today (Monday) to present a proposal to locate a Veterans Hospital in Harriman.

    It will be the first chance to officially take the city’s proposal directly to Veterans Affairs.

    Mason plans to offer the present Roane Medical Center building to the VA for $1-a-year lease when the hospital moves from the downtown Harriman facility to its new campus in the Midtown area.

  • Youth arrested in A-1 break-in; THP badges not recovered

    Kingston police arrested a juvenile last Thursday in connection with a burglary that occurred at a store that stocked police supplies.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said Friday the investigation was still ongoing, and more arrests are possible.

    The break-in happened last month at A-1 Tactical on 901 E. Race St.

    The stolen items were described as being “police-specific in nature,” and included handcuffs, flashlights, pepper spray, socks and four Tennessee Highway Patrol chaplain badges.

  • Credit union gathers wooly wear to warm kids

    It was four years ago when Enrichment Federal Credit Union in Kingston began collecting gloves, scarves and hats for needy Roane County children.

    “It keeps getting bigger and bigger,” said manager Becky Woody.

    The credit union collected more than 1,200 items in 2011. And collections are well under way this year.

    Late last week, items piled along multiple tables ranged from simple mittens to handcrafted items.

    Enrichment staff members will add to the collection by purchasing additional wintery items.

  • School shooting renews vigor for preparedness

    After Friday’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut, Roane County Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose said he hopes there is a renewed vigor for being as prepared as possible for those kind of events.

    “There’s so much confusion that ensues anytime something happens at a school,” he said. “You have so many outside responders that are coming in. You have so many objectives that you have to accomplish that it’s quite complicated.”

  • County jail water bill has officials sputtering

    For Tim Phillips, being chief deputy of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is about more than finding bad guys.
    Lately it’s been about finding the reason behind the jail’s exorbitant water bills. The average bill the first nine months of this year is $14,011.
    According to a spreadsheet Phillips provided, the highest bill the jail got in 2011 was $7,244.61.
    “It just doesn’t make sense,” the chief deputy said about the increase.
    The city of Kingston is the jail’s water provider.

  • Board tackles lack of quorum issue for TVA

    The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors at a special meeting on Monday approved delegations of authority to enable TVA to manage with maximum effectiveness while the process for filling board vacancies continues.

    “We’re making these authorizations and delegations today as contingencies, in case the board does not have a quorum in the coming weeks,” said Chairman Bill Sansom. “These decisions will ensure that TVA continues to operate effectively.”

  • County jail water bill has officials sputtering

    For Tim Phillips, being chief deputy of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is about more than finding bad guys.

    Lately it’s been about finding the reason behind the jail’s exorbitant water bills. The average bill the first nine months of this year is $14,011.

    According to a spreadsheet Phillips provided, the highest bill the jail got in 2011 was $7,244.61.

    “It just doesn’t make sense,” the chief deputy said about the increase.

    The city of Kingston is the jail’s water provider.

  • HARRIMAN HOUSE BURNS

     

    A house at 517 Old Valley Road, Harriman, is engulfed with flames Wednesday evening. Multiple agencies responded to the fire. Midtown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Randy Scarborough said no one was in the house. He said the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Wednesday was a busy day for firefighters. A house at 317 Lakemont Drive, Rockwood, caught on fire Wednesday morning. According to emergency dispatch records, West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department assisted Rockwood Fire Department in fighting that blaze