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  • ‘You are destroying this town’

    Monday was Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines’ last council meeting with him serving in that position.

    He made the most of it, letting everyone know what he thought of Vice Mayor Peggy Evans.

    Hines took Evans to task for talking about the draft audit findings before a final copy was completed — and for what he felt was an attack on his office.

    “It seems your measure of our competence is whether we cozy up to you,” Hines said.

  • Nitty-gritty binds club together

    The roar of engines, mud, boulders and grit — these are the ingredients for lasting bonds, members of the Windrock ATV Club say.

    The club, chartered in 1994, has around 150 members throughout the Southeast and is one of the largest ATV groups in the state.

  • Kingston workers get ‘evac’ insurance

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    After a moment’s uncertainty, Kingston City Council decided to allow the whirlybirds of Air Evac Lifeteam whisk city employees to safety — in the event of catastrophe.

  • Corn maze distills learning

    Rolling green hills and the smell of cut grass make for the perfect playground.

    That’s just what people can find at Windrock Valley Farms corn maze on Old Harriman Highway near Oliver Springs.

    The maze opened for the first time to the general public Saturday under a brilliant blue sky. Business kicked off to a brisk start.

    “There is probably 30 or so so far, and we’ve only been open an hour,” said Amy Haney, who owns the farm with her husband, Wade.

  • High school pride
  • Inspector: TVA pros left out of report

    The credibility of a scathing report put together by TVA’s watchdog was called into question last Thursday.

    During cross-examination at the civil trial over the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill, TVA attorney Edwin Small got TVA Inspector General Richard Moore to admit things that could have been favorable to TVA were left out of the report.

    “Is it possible someone on your staff had an agenda to get TVA management?” Small asked.

  • Administrator may serve city and its utilities

    Rockwood officials will discuss the city administrator position and the handful of applicants they have received during the Rockwood City Council meeting on Monday.

    In addition to looking at the applicants they have so far, the council will discuss possibly expanding the position to work in conjunction with Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Mayor James Watts said there has been discussion of sharing some of the costs of an administrator — whose duties include dealing with city finances — with the utilities.

  • Rockwood speeder eyed for attempted murder in Hamilton

    A man stopped for speeding in Rockwood earlier this month was wanted for attempted first-degree murder in Hamilton County.

    According to an arrest report, James Christopher Armstrong was pulled over shortly before 6 a.m. on Sept. 17.

    The officer radioed dispatch to check his driving record and was informed that Armstrong, 39, was wanted.

    After two other officers arrived on scene, they approached Armstrong’s vehicle with guns drawn and ordered him out of the vehicle.

  • Crabtree appointed asst. fire chief in Rockwood

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz once again has a second in command.

    Wertz announced at last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting Monday the appointment of firefighter Matt Crabtree as the new assistant chief.

    Crabtree officially assumed the role last Tuesday.

    “I think Matt will do a good job,” Wertz said.

    Crabtree had already made plans to meet with firefighters. The city plans to send him to additional schooling.

  • Budget may be finalized Tuesday

    Harriman officials may approve the city’s fiscal 2012 budget Tuesday.

    Behind the curve compared to surrounding communities, Harriman City Council didn’t pass first reading of the budget until this month.

    A public hearing and special-called meeting for second and final reading will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley had more optimistic figures on the city’s unappropriated fund balance since the council last addressed it.