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  • Collett declares write-in Rockwood candidacy

    Ray Collett has a rough row to hoe if he hopes to win a seat on Rockwood City Council in November.

    The former council member decided to be a write-in candidate for the race after the deadline had passed for submitting qualifying petitions to be in on the ballot.

    “I know it is not going to be easy,” said Collett, who said he was convinced to seek election after he’d received several phone calls and emails asking him to run.

    He’s undaunted, though.

  • Hooks taking on prayer-leading role for county

    The Roane County Commission’s practice of praying before meetings will continue, according to Chairman James Brummett.

    Ray Cantrell led the opening prayer the past four years, but Mike Hooks defeated him for District 5’s commission seat in the Aug. 7 election.

    The newly elected commission holds its first meeting today – Monday.

    Cantrell took over the opening prayer responsibilities after former commissioner James Harmon lost his re-election bid in August 2010.

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  • Truckers land in jail following crash

    An out-of-state tractor trailer driver is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court today – Monday – on charges stemming from an Aug. 14 accident on Interstate 40.

    Alexandru Cotruta is charged with DUI, tampering with evidence, following too close, failure to maintain lane and failure to exercise due care.

    Cotruta, who has a Washington driver’s license, was driving a 2008 International tractor trailer. He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville following the accident, which involved seven vehicles.

  • Kingston ‘agin’ county sales tax hike

    If Roane County Commission is considering a sales tax hike at its Sept. 8 meeting, Kingston City Council members have gone on record with their opposition to it.

    “I’m agin it; I’m agin it; I’m agin it,” said Kingston Mayor Troy Beets at the council’s Sept. 2 work session.

    His quote, he said, was nicked from the late Knoxville grocer and politician Cas Walker.

    Roane County Commission has no power to raise the county’s sales-tax rate to 2.75 percent.

  • Harriman aims to replace more traffic signals

    Driving on Harriman’s busy Roane Street will soon be safer.

    Harriman officials have already replaced a number of downtown traffic signals, but they’re getting ready to do one more.

    This time it’s the bustling Roane Street at Emory Street corner, which like many of those lights already replaced, can be a struggle to tell the signal color at certain times of day in particular.

    “Especially around sundown, you cannot see those lights,” agreed Councilman Ken Mynatt.

  • It’s official: Traffic tickets in Rockwood now more expensive

    Paying for a traffic ticket isn’t ever cheap, but now those going to Rockwood City Court will pay a little more.

    Rockwood City Council approved a $5 technology fee onto its court fees late last month.

    “It is our recommendation we don’t touch it the first year,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright at a previous meeting.

    Wright said the department has computers, tablets and software needs that the money would go toward.

    He wants to see the fund build up so the city can use it to upgrade technology as needed.

  • Cause of Bazel Road blaze undetermined

    An empty house at 897 Bazel Road was destroyed by fire late last month.

    Police responded to the scene around 1:55 a.m. Aug. 27 to find the home already engulfed.

    “The police department was the first on the scene, and upon arrival, it was already fully involved,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “The whole roof area had already collapsed into the basement.”

    Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours.

    Goss said the cause of the fire is undetermined.

  • Brickyard Springs gets some TLC

    Rockwood did a lot of tidying up around town lately.

    One of those places that got a much-needed loving touch was Brickyard Springs Park, and Stephanie Floyd, who was part of the Brickyard Park Reunion held this summer, was particularly thankful.

    “Probably nothing has been done to that park in 20 years,” Floyd told Rockwood City Council.

    City labor did a number of projects, including painting the benches, goals and court as well as adding a picnic table and two grills and taking existing tables to the site.