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  • LocoDocs fans rally cause on Facebook

    Rockwood residents past and present have taken to social media to rally support for LocoDocs, a company that has promised to bring 75 jobs to Roane County if city officials will agree to sell them property near a sports complex.

    But just in case the groundswell of Facebook support that’s come LocoDocs’ way in the past few days doesn’t sway city officials, the company is looking at other options.

  • Rockwood officer draws weapon

    A woman came close to getting shot by a Rockwood police officer last week, according to an offense report.

    Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to 111 E. Dunn St. on a stolen car investigation. The near shooting happened when the officer was on scene.

    “I noticed movement on the right side of my vehicle,” Thomas’ report said. “I saw Ms. Terry Fisher shutting the driver’s side door of the car in question and start walking my way with something shinny in her right hand.”

  • Beer board wants to reconvene without notice

    The Roane County Beer Board plans to reconvene its special-called meeting on Aug. 29 at 6:30 p.m.

    The purpose of the meeting is to hear the county’s petition to revoke the beer permit of Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton.

    The board met Aug. 15, but recessed the meeting without taking any action.

    Some of the board members said they didn’t have to provide public notice of when they planned to reconvene, but those views weren’t shared by the Tennessee Office of Open Records Counsel.

  • Scam dashes job hopes

    It wasn’t the rolling hills or beautiful Watts Bar Lake that attracted Bracey Bahm to Roane County.

    Hopes of a job brought him here from North Carolina. Unfortunately for Bahm, what looked like a good opportunity turned out to be a scam.  

    “I not only paid for my trip up here and my wife’s, but also the guy that actually scammed us,” he said.

    Bahm is not the only victim. Authorities said more than two dozen people may have been duped by a man identified in Kingston police records as Rickey K. Hubbard.

  • At last! Long-awaited Midway school kitchen open

    Midway Middle School eighth-grader Tanner Seymour works his way through the cafeteria line at lunchtime Friday, the first day the new school kitchen was open and food was prepared onsite.

    The school had been built without a kitchen.

    Previously, food was prepared at nearby Midway Elementary School and taken to the middle school to be served.

  • Repairman wants $165,000 for storage of sheriff's vehicles

    A dispute over storage fees has an auto repairman and the Roane County Sheriff’s Office suing each other in Circuit Court.

    Some big money could be at stake.

    Calvin M. Trew is seeking about $165,000 from the county — alleging that’s how much he’s owed for storing vehicles that belonged to the sheriff’s office.

    “This is all about the price of storage,” Trew contended. “They wouldn’t pay their storage fee.”

  • Largen land deal done

    Roane County’s newest recreation area is unnamed and undeveloped, but at least it’s now official.

    After all the surveys were completed, the contracts drawn up, Roane Countian Gerald Largen donated the 112 acres of rural and lakefront land to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency  with a few strokes of the pen.

    The property, which is on both sides of Bowman Bend Road is to be maintained for the enjoyment of Roane County residents and other visitors.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: What's the buzz? Ummm, it's certainly not me

    My failure is abject — that realization came to me recently.

    What I’m referring to is my last, best attempt to play a musical instrument.

    Let’s go over my instrument resume:

    • My grade-school attempts at the flutophone were awful.

    • I couldn’t manage the simple chords on guitar.

    • A long-ago boyfriend worked with me for months on the basics of the banjo before throwing in the towel.

  • LocoDocs gets mixed reception on proposed move to Rockwood

    LocoDocs, a train engine  service company interested in purchasing several acres in Rockwood, has chugged by the first barrier in a process that may culminate in the  purchase of several acres nearby to the Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex.

    However, it has been met with opposition.

    Rockwood Planning Commission had unanimously approved rezoning the slender lot that runs along a rail line from commercial to light industrial.