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  • Rockwood utility truck hit by car

    A Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas truck and a car were involved in a Friday morning accident on Wheeler Street not far from the utilities’ warehouse on Church Street.

    The front driver’s side of the Buick and a toolbox on the utility vehicle were damaged.

    Trooper Gary Snow said the fault was the driver of the Buick, Jimmy Charles Sexton Sr., who was traveling east on East Wheeler Street. The truck was traveling west on Wheeler Street toward Gateway Avenue.

  • New finance officer for city

    Rockwood City Council recently approved the hiring of a new finance officer.

    Belinda Puckett has 25 years of hands-on experience in financing, starting with banking after graduating high school and seven years with Spring City, where she lives.

    Until working for Spring City, she spent the rest of her career in Roane County.

    “I am very excited to be with the city of Rockwood and will work hard to be an asset that will help the city be successful financially,” Puckett said.

  • ‘Good neighbor’ gets wedged under house

    It took a bit of work to get a former Harriman City Councilman out of a tight spot underneath a Harriman residence.

    Johnny “Sambo” Plemons was at 102 Vann Drive to turn on the pilot light for a relative, something he was known to do for neighbors in his community.

    He reportedly slipped, fell and became wedged under the home.

    Michael Galyon was trimming weeds when Harriman Fire Department and Rescue Squad vehicles started to arrive. He said Plemons, who lives nearby, is always helping people around their homes.

  • Church knife attack stopped: Woman chases pastor’s wife

    No one was injured in a knife-wielding incident in a Harriman church last week in which the pas-tor’s wife was chased in the sanctuary.

    A bystander at Potter’s House Fellowship was able to wrest the knife away from the suspect, Gina K. Mueller.

    Mueller, of 918 Rosedale Ave., Kingston, was taken into custody by Harriman Police Department officers after the incident at 10:31 p.m. Sept. 5.

    She is charged with aggravated assault and possession of a prohibited weapon.

  • Bright digs for a dark problem

    It’s hard to believe that a place so bright and inviting would be on the front lines of child sexual and physical abuse, but that’s the case for the Kids First Child Advocacy Center in Loudon County.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said when there’s an allegation of abuse in the Ninth Judicial District, which includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties, the child is taken to the center for a forensic interview as part of the investigation.  

  • Turf experts put Emory course back in the green

    A group from South Carolina was in Harriman last week putting the finishing touches on the new grass on the greens at Emory Golf Course.

    Harriman City Council recently approved a $32,250 quote from Modern Turf Care, Rembert, S.C.

    Sprinklers cascaded down onto the new mini verde Bermuda grass turf that was laid down while the staff of Modern Turf Care finished laying the sod at another green.

  • From banks to snakes? Lots to peruse at Midway career fair

    Ashley Howell knew what career path she wanted to pursue.

    Thanks to a career fair Thursday morning at Midway High School, the senior now has a technical school to attend when she graduates next spring.

    Howell was one of 285 students who participated in the career fair, the first of its kind at Midway in seven years.

    “I wanted to go to school for accounting, and my mom said I needed to go work for a bank afterward,” Howell said.

  • Retired assessor worker up for county contract

    Roane County officials are considering contracting with a former employee of the property assessor’s office to assist the Comptroller of the Treasury’s general counsel in appeals pending before the Tennessee Board of Equalization.

    The Roane County Commission meets at 7 p.m. today – Monday – in the courthouse in Kingston. The resolution to contract with the former employee is on the agenda. If commissioners don’t like the idea they can vote it down.  

  • Noisy eateries perplex Kingston leaders

    Kingston City Council members made a lot of noise about noise at their Sept. 4 work session about how to handle complaints against a restaurant that features loud outdoor music.

    The Smokehouse Grill on West Race Street is the focus, although nearby Red Bones Restaurant had also received noise complaints.

    Smokehouse features outdoor music on Friday and Saturday night. Even more problematically, it hosts music on Wednesday, when nearby residents are trying to get ready for school or work early the following day.

  • Sonny’s streak

    George W. Bush was nearing the end of his first term as president of the United States when Sonny Hunter of Kingston began the streak.
    That was June 10, 2004, almost three weeks before Hunter’s 54th  birthday.
    In the eight years and three months since, neither sickness, nor bad weather, nor fatigue has kept Hunter from running at least two miles for more than 3,000 consecutive days.
    And at age 62, the Cal Ripken Jr. of the running world shows no signs of slowing any time soon.