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  • BIG RED DEBUT

    Rockwood Fire Department welcomed its new Sutphen G-2 pumper truck earlier this month. Community supporters turned  out for the unveiling. “This is a $410,000 investment for Rockwood,” Mayor James Watts said.

    Rockwood Assistant Fire Chief Matt Crabtree, center, holds a teary-eyed Fire Chief Mike Wertz as the new fire truck rolled into town. Wertz was overwhelmed with the support he had been given by the city of Rockwood. The new truck will replace another vehicle in the department’s aging fleet.

  • Authorities still focused on killing

    Another Roane County grand jury session has come and gone, and still no one has been charged in the 2012 shooting death of Russel Charles Blevins.
    Sheriff Jack Stockton said the case remains under investigation.
    “We’ve definitely not forgotten about it,” he said.
    According to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, family members found Blevins, 85, dead of multiple gunshot wounds in his home at 138 Hart Orchard Road, Kingston, on Aug. 12, 2012.

  • Airport Road to reopen soon

    A popular shortcut from Cumberland and Morgan counties to Rockwood may soon reopen.
    “We are actually in the process of trying to open Airport Road back up,” said Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.
    Ferguson said he hopes to have the road open in the next couple of weeks, but completion of work may postpone the opening until the first of December.
    “We took the asphalt top layer down to the dirt,” Ferguson said of the process to mend the sinking roadway.

  • Leon Houston federal trial to start today

    After multiple delays, Leon Houston could finally face a federal jury this week.
    As of late Friday, his trial on a firearms charge was still listed on the U.S. District Court calendar.
    According to the calendar, the trial is scheduled to start today – Monday – at 9 a.m. in the federal courthouse in Knoxville.
    Houston was previously scheduled to stand trial in March, August and September, but all those trial dates were postponed.
     He’s charged with possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

  • SPONGEBOB IN ROCKWOOD?

    Two-year-old Kameron Pelfrey, dressed as SpongeBob SquarePants, is among the trick-or-treaters frequenting Rockwood’s Kingston Avenue on Halloween night. Superheroes, princesses and those wearing spooky garb to reflect the season are among those scooping up the treats. Look for more little goblins and sweethearts in Wednesday’s issue of the Roane County News.

     

  • Special bowling for special people

    Jasmyn Stinnett stares intently, bowling ball in hand.
    “Let’s go, Jasmyn!” cheered Ericka Pesterfield, who said Jasmyn is one of her best friends.
    Jasmyn, however, wasn’t happy with her efforts.
    She snuggled on the lap of her mother, Sophia Stinnett, in the crowded seats around Tri-City Lanes in Midtown.
    “I need to work on my bowling skills,” Jasmyn said plaintively.
    “You have awesome bowling skills,” Sophia Stinnett assured her daughter.

  • Be wary of callers claiming to be IRS

    The Internal Revenue Service is warning consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.
    Victims are told they owe money to the IRS. and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer.
    If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license.
    In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

  • State veterans affairs head to speak at Rockwood BPW

    Tennessee Commissioner for Veterans Affairs Many-Bears Grinder will be the guest speaker for the Rockwood Business and Professional Women’s meeting on Nov. 19.
    The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in Victorian Square at 214 S. Chamberlain Ave.
    Dinner will be $10 per person. Reservations are required no later than Nov. 8 and many be made by calling Gladys at Victorian Square at 354-1133.

  • New faces, new places at 9th District DAG office

    Expansions, departures and shifts in manpower have resulted in substantial changes at District Attorney General Russell Johnson’s office.
    Today — Friday — the 9th Judicial District office will have a swearing-in ceremony at the Roane County Courthouse for new assistant district attorney generals Tiffany Smith and Alyson Kennedy.
    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood will do the honors.

  • Court forces EPA’s hand

    More than three years after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency held a Knoxville hearing for input on its plan to regulate coal ash, the agency has failed to implement the regulations.
    This week, a federal judge may have given the EPA the spark it needs to get moving.
    Judge Reggie B. Walton ordered the agency to file a written submission with the court setting a proposed deadline “for its compliance with its obligation to review and revise if necessary its Subtitle D regulations concerning coal ash.”