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  • Aytes, Rose, Woody make top 10 cut

    Three Roane County Schools employees who applied for the director of schools position were among the 10 people recommended for an interview with the Board of Education.

    The group includes Gary Aytes, Elizabeth Rose and Keevin Woody. The board plans to interview them along with seven other candidates this month.

    “I’m glad that all Roane County candidates got in the top 10,” Board Member Darrell “Drack” Langley said.

  • ‘Friend to Rockwood’ loses battle with illness

    One of Rockwood’s longest-serving public servants has ended his work here on Earth.
    City Attorney Elmer Rich died at his home Thursday from a recent illness.

    He had been city attorney almost continuously since he was first appointed in 1969 and served during the administrations of eight mayors.

  • Woman’s 911 call on burger beef lands her in jail

    From staff reports

    Rockwood police arrested a woman on March 28 after she allegedly called 911 to complain about her Hardee’s hamburger.

    Donna Marie Nichols of 1503 Post Oak Valley Road, Rockwood, was charged with abuse of the 911 system.

    She’s scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court on May 21.   
    Nichols, 50, called 911 twice, according to the arrest report.

  • Kingston touts designation as Tree City USA

    Kingston may not have an ocean, as in the Beach Boys utopian vision for every town across the land in their ’60s pop hit “Surfin’ USA,” but they do have a commodity that’s just as important: trees.

    As such, they’ve been recognized by the Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forestry Service as a Tree City USA.

  • Amateur vintner enjoys fruits of labor

    A vineyard isn’t required to make your own bottle of wine. All one really needs is fruit, a willingness to learn, a few tools and some patience.

    B.J. Gillum of Rockwood enjoys the process — and the excitement that each new batch brings.

    “It’s like digging for gold,” Gillum said. “Each fruit batch that you pick or gather could be better than the last, and you don’t know until it’s in the bottle. So you hope it’s going to be really good.”

  • Guilty man released in mom’s death

    Prosecutors got a conviction against Milford Barnett.
    It wasn’t the one they were seeking.
    “I respectfully ask you to find the defendant guilty as charged,” Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy appealed to the jury in final arguments Wednesday.
    Barnett was charged with second-degree murder. The jury, which was sequestered for the trial, found him guilty of voluntary manslaughter. The verdict was returned Thursday morning.

  • No charges in fatal Rockwood accident

    STAFF REPORTS
    The driver of an SUV that struck a pedestrian on North Gateway Avenue in Rockwood will not face charges, Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said this week.
    The accident happened around 8:30 p.m. on March 22 in the 300-block.
    According to the crash report, Robert E. Nelson stepped into traffic on Gateway while Larry A. Thompson was traveling north in a Ford Expedition.
    “Witness, Jesse Scozzaro, states that he (Nelson) was narrowly missed by an unknown northbound truck in front of her and that he continued on into the path of Unit 1 (the Expedition),” the report said.

  • TVA to sound sirens in test Thursday

    TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant on Thursday, April 5, at 11:30 a.m.
    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries.
    This is only a test.
    The sirens are used to notify plant personnel in the event of a chemical release at the plant.
    TVA routinely conducts training and drills at Kingston and other fossil plants where chemicals are stored, to ensure proper procedures are followed if a spill or release of the materials were to occur onsite.
    This is a regular monthly test of the notification system.

  • Men injured when scaffold tips at school

    Two workers who were painting inside the Roane County High School gym during spring break were injured when their scaffold tipped over.
    Kingston fire and police responded to the school around 1:30 p.m. on March 23 after E-911 received a call about a fall.
    “When we arrived, we found Gregory K. Mead and Jerry L. Roberts lying on the gym floor,” the report said.
    The workers were on the scaffold pulling it along when the wheels struck an electrical cord and it fell over, the report said.
    Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said it was about a 30-foot drop to the floor.

  • Relay for Life roadblock set Saturday in Harriman

    STAFF REPORTS
    Roane County Relay for Life will be holding a roadblock fundraiser Saturday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 at the intersection of Hwy. 27 and Hwy. 29 in Harriman. This intersection is near the Dollar General Market. Teams participating in the fundraiser will share the total collected toward their fundraising goal.