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  • Rockwood pair top volunteers

    Roane County’s two 2011 Volunteer Stars were awarded last month.

    Michael Ann Begley and Joey Goss, both of Rockwood, were recognized for their services contributed to the community through the past year.

    Goss, a student at Rockwood High School, was the youth recipient. He has been volunteering at The Bridge at Rockwood, spending five hours there on school days and between seven and nine on the weekends.

    “I love doing it,” he said. “It’s my favorite thing.”

  • Injuries don’t keep salon owner down

    The road to recovery has taken April Scandlyn to a familiar place – J. Lynn’s Salon in Kingston. Scandlyn, the salon owner, was run over by an unlicensed teenage driver in the Food City parking lot on Nov. 28.

    “It was a scary ordeal,” she said.

    Scary and painful. Scandlyn said she suffered multiple injuries, which included a broken shoulder, torn ACL, fractured leg and concussion.

    The injuries caused her to miss work. That was painful as well.

  • Pursuit ends with arrest of man who tried to run over Oak Ridge officer

    A 27-year-old man who allegedly tried to run over an Oak Ridge police officer was arrested on Dec. 20.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, Oak Ridge police were in pursuit of a Mazda 626, but lost track of the vehicle near the Kingston city limits.

    A sheriff’s deputy noticed the vehicle while on patrol in Midtown.

    “Oak Ridge advised they had charges on the driver for trying to run over one of their officers,” the report said.

  • Woman gets dose of pepper spray

    Rockwood police used pepper spray on a woman on Dec. 18 for not complying with orders, according to a report.

    Jena Lynn Davidson, 30, was charged with DUI, violation of implied consent law, resisting arrest and evading arrest. The report said she also had an outstanding warrant for violation of probation.

    The report said Davidson was hiding in some woods when she was ordered to show her hands.

  • Alleged huffer nabbed after leading chase

    A Knoxville man who reportedly led Rockwood police on a chase on Dec. 21 is facing several charges.

    Taylor Lee Helton, of 1651 Chenoweth Road, Knoxville, was charged with evading arrest, DUI, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, aggravated assault on a police officer and inhaling aerosol.

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said the officers involved in the pursuit were OK.

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    Rockwood police said they had to use a TASER to get a 24-year-old man to comply with commands on Dec. 19.

  • Scam artists claim to be utility workers

    If someone approaches your home proposing to do in-home energy evaluations for a price don’t necessarily believe it’s a good deal.

    Officials from Volunteer Energy Cooperative recently received information from a
    neighboring utility that its customers had been visited by scam artists claiming to be evaluators.

    “The victims have reported that two men have been going door-to-door asking to conduct energy audits and promising to save the residents money on their utility bills. Victims report the scammers are very per-

  • Yager opposed to changes in Sunshine Law

    The move to weaken the state’s open meetings law does not have the backing of state Sen. Ken Yager. The Harriman Republican announced his opposition to the movement on Thursday.

    “Citizens need to understand how government decisions are made,” Yager said in a news release. “Lack of transparency prevents the public from actively participating in government and from raising questions or expressing their opinions.”

  • May all your Christmases be bright
  • Secret Santa pays off layaways

    Several people who were unable to pay their layways on time at Walmart in Rockwood didn’t see their Christmas festivities dampened.
    An anonymous person came in and paid off several layways  — to the tune of about $700 — on Saturday.
    That was the day store associates were contacting customers to make arrangements or return the layaway items to the sales floor.
    Walmart manager Ken Miget did not meet the Secret Santa who helped some of his customers, but he did witness the reaction of one man whose order was paid off.

  • Swan Pond sports fields years off

    TVA often refers to the $43 million it made available for different community projects as an example of the agency’s commitment to helping the area recover from the ash spill. 
    However, a member of TVA’s Valley Relations staff said it was only a coincidence that the foundation responsible for doling out the money met on Wednesday, a day before the three-year anniversary of the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster.