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  • Testing the waters

    The Rockwood Fire Department is in the process of checking all 400 hydrants in the city. Fire fighter and first responder, Jason "Lunch Box" Kilby, and Capt. David Kirby worked on North and South Chamberlain Avenue Monday.

    Hydrants that aren't used often the water at first is a muddy color to it due to the lack of water circulation.
    It takes around 4 to 5 weeks to check every hydrant to make sure nothing has changed and that the water pressure is in good working order Kirby said.

  • Three juvenile girls — ages 11-14 — accused in break-in, vandalism at Ridge View school

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said his department took out petitions in juvenile court for vandalism and burglary against the three female suspects who allegedly broke into and ransacked Ridge View Elementary School on May 24.

    “Their ages were 11, 12 and 14,” Stinnett said.

    Juvenile court is not one of public record, so what happens to the suspects if they’re found guilty of the charges might not be aboveboard.

  • Letting go: After 31 years, Bowers principal calls it a career

    Educating Harriman’s children has been a big part of Candace Lett’s life.

    From classroom teacher to superintendent of the now-defunct Harriman City Schools system, she’s played a major role in the lives of generations of Harriman students.

    After spending years as principal of Bowers Elementary, Lett is drawing that part of her life story to a close. She retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year.

  • Rockwood eyeing second tax rate hike in two years

    Last year’s 15-cent property tax rate increase met squabbles amongst Rockwood City Council members.

    But a proposed 5-cent hike to 95 cents per $100 valuation in the 2014 draft budget didn’t get a lot of debate during recent budget talks.

    In fact, the usually vocal Vice Mayor Peggy Evans has remained largely silent so far, although earlier in the year she said she would not support raising taxes.

  • Ready to hear about ash cleanup progress

    Donna Campbell of Harriman waits for the TVA public meeting to start Thursday in the Roane County High School auditorium.

    The meeting was to address progress on the cleanup of the area affected by the December 2008 fly ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    According to TVA, 94 percent of the ash had been removed from the Middle Embayment as of May 26.

  • Neighbor accused of robbing Harriman eatery

    A Harriman woman is accused of getting more than take-out at the Chinese restaurant Yum Yums No. 8 last Tuesday.

    Rebecca Lee Sandifer, 34, 1108 S. Roane St., was arrested for aggravated burglary for allegedly taking off with $325 from the cash register.

    Sandifer lived across the street from the restaurant.

    “We kind of had a good suspect within 30 minutes of the robbery,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

    “By 2 a.m., we had her in custody.”

  • Church raising money with ice cream to feed Roane County hungry

    Harriman Courts of Praise Church is starting its daily meals today, Monday.

    The meals, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays, are the church’s effort to ensure that area children don’t go hungry during the summer months.

    The church is always seeking donations for its ever-expanding food program, and it has hit on a unique plan to raise money during the summer months.

    Starting Friday, the church is opening its Epic Delight ice cream shop next to Rocky Top General Store.

  • New or bigger jail in near future? Interest close to amount borrowed to build facility

    Less than four years after opening, the Roane County Jail is already dealing with the overcrowding problems that prompted its construction.

    But long before the jail debt is paid off in 2033, the county may have to build a new facility or add on to the current one.

    “At the rate the population is growing, it will probably have to be within the next six to eight years,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

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  • Store has beef with shoplifter

    Another person has been accused of trying to steal steaks from IGA in Rockwood.

    This time it was rib eye instead of filet mignon.

    According to a Rockwood police report, the store’s assistant manager allegedly saw Christina Marie Evans and an unidentified person stuff five rib-eye steaks into her purse.

    Evans was confronted by the store’s manager when she tried to leave.