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  • Mother, daughter arrested after fight

    A mother and daughter were arrested Sunday morning after a sheriff’s deputy couldn’t figure out which was the main attacker during an alleged fight.
    Ashley Gail Andrews, 22, and her mother, Teresa Gail Andrews, 44, both were charged with domestic assault.
    “The smell of alcohol was also present on both parties while speaking to them at the scene,” the report said.
    Mother and daughter had reportedly been together at Claudia’s Bar in Midtown before the altercation took place at an apartment they share.

  • Contract with TVA outlines next step in modular nuclear reactor project

    The effort to build a small modular reactor at TVA’s Clinch River site in Roane County continues to move forward.
    Last week, TVA and Babcock & Wilcox announced a contract was signed between the two on Feb. 7.
    “The agreement is the first definitive milestone in the U.S. Department of Energy’s recently initiated SMR Licensing Technical Support Program, which aims for commercial demonstration of SMRs by 2022,” TVA said in a news release.

  • More popular Ladd Park needs, drumroll ... even more parking

    With Ladd Park shaping up as first-rate outdoor recreational facility, Kingston officials have found themselves in a strange predicament: possessed with an ample waterfront but with an inadequate supply of dry land.

    To be more specific, they lacked the kind of dry land with parking spaces on it. And having the nicest park facility in the world is useless if it can’t accommodate those who would come to visit it.

  • Rockwood budget is fill-in-the-blank

    A blank slate. Rockwood officials essentially are getting one this month.

    Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe created a document of budget expenditures and revenues for council members to fill in the blanks for what they would like to see the city spend in each line item.

    Members of the finance committee got theirs at the recent comittee meeting. The forms include budget figures for previous years and information about the actual budget expenses in recent years.

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  • Ordinance would allow non-Rockwoodians to own liquor stores in city

    Owners and operators of Rockwood liquor stores are required to live in the city at least three years before applying for a liquor store privilege license.

    Rockwood City Council will consider changing that requirement with the first reading of an ordinance at its meeting today, Feb. 25.

    “I asked the city attorney to get a legal opinion of the Rockwood ordinance as it was written,” said Mayor James Watts. “The legal opinion is you cannot put a residency restriction on a liquor ordinance.”

  • ‘She’s a heckuva cook:' Rockwood police clerk does a sweet turn for N.J. officers

    Thomas Boyd, the police chief in Seaside Heights, N.J., has never met Kathy Griffin in person, but he knows something about her.   

    “She’s a heckuva cook,” he said.

    Seaside Heights was one of the towns devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Griffin, a Rockwood Police Department records clerk, said she saw Boyd and some of his officers on TV during a benefit concert held for the victims last year.  

  • State antes up funds for Roane State security

    The Tennessee Building Commission last week approved $306,000 for Roane State Community College to extend security upgrades to its campuses, including the main campus in Roane County.

    “In this day and age, unfortunately, there are increasing numbers of incidents and threats to educational institutions,” Roane State President Chris Whaley said.

    “We want to take every step we possibly can to increase security for Roane State students, faculty and staff and for community members,” he added.

  • Keeping kids safe: Price tag high to protect priceless resource

    Beefing up security at schools in Roane County won’t be cheap.

    A committee tasked with making a recommendation on how to make schools safer estimates the cost at $1.8 million. The figure includes the price of hiring 12 school resource officers and upgrading camera systems at some schools.

    “I’m committed to trying to make our schools more secure,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said during the committee’s meeting last week.

  • No true bill on Kirkham

    The Tennessee Comptroller’s Office looked into some issues that involved former Roane County property assessor Teresa Kirkham and current Property Assessor David Morgan.

    Neither resulted in criminal charges. An addendum posted on the District Attorney General’s website said the Roane County grand jury chose to take no action on the matters when it met last week.

    Kirkham’s involved the reduced appraisal on the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman.