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  • Credit union gathers wooly wear to warm kids

    It was four years ago when Enrichment Federal Credit Union in Kingston began collecting gloves, scarves and hats for needy Roane County children.

    “It keeps getting bigger and bigger,” said manager Becky Woody.

    The credit union collected more than 1,200 items in 2011. And collections are well under way this year.

    Late last week, items piled along multiple tables ranged from simple mittens to handcrafted items.

    Enrichment staff members will add to the collection by purchasing additional wintery items.

  • School shooting renews vigor for preparedness

    After Friday’s deadly school shooting in Connecticut, Roane County Office of Emergency Services Director Howie Rose said he hopes there is a renewed vigor for being as prepared as possible for those kind of events.

    “There’s so much confusion that ensues anytime something happens at a school,” he said. “You have so many outside responders that are coming in. You have so many objectives that you have to accomplish that it’s quite complicated.”

  • County jail water bill has officials sputtering

    For Tim Phillips, being chief deputy of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is about more than finding bad guys.
    Lately it’s been about finding the reason behind the jail’s exorbitant water bills. The average bill the first nine months of this year is $14,011.
    According to a spreadsheet Phillips provided, the highest bill the jail got in 2011 was $7,244.61.
    “It just doesn’t make sense,” the chief deputy said about the increase.
    The city of Kingston is the jail’s water provider.

  • Board tackles lack of quorum issue for TVA

    The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors at a special meeting on Monday approved delegations of authority to enable TVA to manage with maximum effectiveness while the process for filling board vacancies continues.

    “We’re making these authorizations and delegations today as contingencies, in case the board does not have a quorum in the coming weeks,” said Chairman Bill Sansom. “These decisions will ensure that TVA continues to operate effectively.”

  • County jail water bill has officials sputtering

    For Tim Phillips, being chief deputy of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is about more than finding bad guys.

    Lately it’s been about finding the reason behind the jail’s exorbitant water bills. The average bill the first nine months of this year is $14,011.

    According to a spreadsheet Phillips provided, the highest bill the jail got in 2011 was $7,244.61.

    “It just doesn’t make sense,” the chief deputy said about the increase.

    The city of Kingston is the jail’s water provider.

  • HARRIMAN HOUSE BURNS

     

    A house at 517 Old Valley Road, Harriman, is engulfed with flames Wednesday evening. Multiple agencies responded to the fire. Midtown Volunteer Fire Department Chief Randy Scarborough said no one was in the house. He said the cause of the blaze is under investigation. Wednesday was a busy day for firefighters. A house at 317 Lakemont Drive, Rockwood, caught on fire Wednesday morning. According to emergency dispatch records, West Roane County Volunteer Fire Department assisted Rockwood Fire Department in fighting that blaze

  • 12-12-12: Hopping day to get hitched

    December is a common month for weddings, but a number of Roane County residents decided to make their wedding anniversary extra special — and easy to remember.

    As of 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, four couples had visited the Roane County Clerk’s office to apply for their marriage license and to tie the knot there with former Roane County Commissioner Una Coffman as justice of the peace.

    They were following a common theme.

    Many couples around the world decided to make it official on 12-12-12.

  • Gas-leak fix multi-agency emergency

    Several residents were evacuated in the Pine Hills area of Harriman on Dec. 1 because of a significant gas leak.

    “We had to evacuate,” said Bill Young, Harriman Utility Board manager. “We didn’t have to, but we did for safety.”

    Young said the situation was tricky because utility workers had to fix the leak while the line was still “hot” or under pressure.

    The utility recently purchased fire suits for employees working in gas for such situations.

  • County still hasn’t filled parks and recreation job

    Months after the position came open, Roane County still doesn’t have the parks and recreation director job filled.

    “We’re not just going to hire anybody off the street,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We’re selective on our side about the candidate we want.”

    The job opened up over the summer when Tony Brown left to go work for the road department.

    Woody said six interviews were conducted. He said the job was offered to one of the candidates, but the person turned it down.

  • Kingston riverboat dock coming down

     

    Hammer-wielding Thomas Cook of Harriman works with a crew dismantling a dock at 58 Landing in Kingston. The dock once served a privately owned Watts Bar Belle riverboat the city allowed to operate there, but it was left behind when the enterprise left because of financial problems. After determining that it was built below standards, the city decided to take it apart and salvage usable material to expand the docks at the Ladd Park boat ramp.