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  • Red Cross helped fire victims

    Volunteers from the American Red Cross provided emergency assistance to three Harriman residents after a fire last week destroyed their home at 517 Old Valley Road.  

    In addition to providing food, clothing and comfort items, volunteers are working with the residents to help them access community resources.

    The Red Cross is seeking additional volunteers in Roane County.  

    For information about volunteering, call 210-9605.

  • More indecision over Harriman city manager

    Harriman’s discussion of the city manager form of government pops up regularly throughout the years, always ending in indecision.

    It was much the same at a special-called meeting last Tuesday.

    This time, Councilman J.D. Sampson broached the issue, asking for the meeting initially but sticking with his support of an administrator over changing to a city manager-style government.

    “I want an administrator-type government where the council can control what is going on,” Sampson said.

  • Support for road not shared by county officials

    Sharon Brown usually comes alone when she addresses the Roane County Commission about road problems in her subdivision.

    Last week’s meeting was different, however.

    “I have several people from Pioneer Village standing up (in the audience),” she said.

    Brown lives on Bournemouth Drive south of Rockwood. The ruts are so bad on the dirt and gravel road that Brown said delivery trucks have stopped coming. For months, she’s been asking commissioners to do something about the situation.

  • Rockwood may hire parks, recreation head today

    Rockwood City Council will consider hiring a parks and recreation director during its regular monthly meeting today, Monday.

    The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    Mayor James Watts is recommending Jody Mioduski for the position.

    “He has a tremendous knowledge of not only areas in parks and recreation, but he has a degree in accounting,” Watts said.

  • Former Kingston mayor Humphreys dead at 81

    Robert D. “Bob” Humphreys, a community businessman and leader who served three terms as Kingston’s mayor, died Friday at age 81.

    Though retired for the most part from public life, Humphreys was on Roane County’s E-911 board of directors at the time of his passing. He had served on the board as a representative for Kingston for 20 years.

  • Mayor in D.C. to pitch VA proposal

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is scheduled to be in Washington D.C., today (Monday) to present a proposal to locate a Veterans Hospital in Harriman.

    It will be the first chance to officially take the city’s proposal directly to Veterans Affairs.

    Mason plans to offer the present Roane Medical Center building to the VA for $1-a-year lease when the hospital moves from the downtown Harriman facility to its new campus in the Midtown area.

  • Youth arrested in A-1 break-in; THP badges not recovered

    Kingston police arrested a juvenile last Thursday in connection with a burglary that occurred at a store that stocked police supplies.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said Friday the investigation was still ongoing, and more arrests are possible.

    The break-in happened last month at A-1 Tactical on 901 E. Race St.

    The stolen items were described as being “police-specific in nature,” and included handcuffs, flashlights, pepper spray, socks and four Tennessee Highway Patrol chaplain badges.

  • 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.