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  • 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.

  • One curious hen and one startled chick
  • Moving on

    Rockwood High School graduate Reanna Henderson loaded up her packed belongings and hit the road this week to embark on the next stage of her life — a private two-year all-girls school, Cottey College, in Nevada, Mo.

    Nervous, yet excited, Henderson is just one of many young folks in the area who are leaving the nest for places near and far and commiting another two to four years or more to their education.

    “I don’t know anyone in Missouri,” Henderson said.

    So why Cottey College?

  • Roundin’ up some fish
  • No Child Left Behind changes may be coming

    Relief could be on the way for schools struggling to make adequate yearly progress toward No Child Left Behind mandates.

    The federal program, which has been sharply criticized by education officials and politicians alike, requires 100 percent of students score proficient in reading/language arts and math by 2014.

    Another requirement is a 90 percent graduation rate by 2014.

    Schools and school systems that fail to meet mandated benchmarks are designated as “target” or “high priority.”

  • Lawyer: Police calls from embattled bar light to normal

    The lawyer for Grill & Pub owner Grover Norton said there’s been average to minimal police involvement at the establishment over the past 10 years.
    Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs bases those claims on information obtained following a public records request.

  • Drowning victim's body recovered from quarry

    A drowning victim was retrieved from a rock quarry in Harriman Sunday evening.

     


    Emilio Smithwick, 35, of Harriman, was swimming with others at the Walnut Hills quarry Sunday afternoon when he and another man jumped off a cliff into the water.

    Smithwick did not emerge and the second man was injured in the jump and taken by ambulance for treatment of his injuries.

    “There was another man diving off some cliffs with him. He apparently has some broken ribs, possibly,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

  • Water loss drains ratepayers

    Water loss in aging utility systems is a growing concern.

    Rockwood is putting water losses at a costly 35 percent of what it produces, but Kingston and Harriman have dealt with them, too.

    Of them all, Kingston seems to have made the quickest turnaround.

    City Manager Jim Pinkerton, who is also over the city’s water department,  said 10 years ago the water loss was as high as 50 to 60 percent of the water treated.