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  • Crossville man Rockwood’s choice

    Former Crossville city manager Jack Miller may be taking charge of Rockwood’s administration this month.
    The Rockwood City Council met on Halloween to select one candidate from their short list of seven to begin negotiations with.
    “We’re excited about going ahead and getting this filled and going ahead to get things started,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • Nuclear regulatory meeting set on Unit 2

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a Nov. 8 meeting in Athens to discuss the status of construction at the Watts Bar nuclear plant’s second unit. 
    The meeting, at Comfort Inn, 2811 Decatur Pike, will begin at 1 p.m. with a presentation by NRC staff on the Unit 2 construction schedule, including major milestones and potential challenges.
    After the business portion of the meeting, the NRC staff will be available to answer questions from the public about the plant near Spring City.

  • Sad times for Vol fans
  • Giving Mom and Dad a taste of freedom
  • New security for Kingston parks
  • Nationwide emergency alerting system testing scheduled for Nov. 9

    The first cooperative presidential-level, nationwide test of the broadcast Emergency Alerting System is planned for 2 p.m. on Nov. 9.

    Americans are advised to note that the test, conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission, will only be a diagnostic exercise to determine the reliability and effectiveness of the national emergency information system.

  • Meeting to offer voters more about photo IDs

    People in Tennessee have to show a photo ID to buy cigarettes, liquor and Sudafed.

    Starting next year, they’ll also have to show one in order to vote.

    In an effort to educate the public about the new state law requiring voters to show a photo ID, town hall meetings are being held in all 95 counties on Tuesday.

    Roane’s is scheduled for 6 p.m. at the Office of Emergency Services at 230 N. Third St., Kingston, which is next to the Dollar General Store.

  • Kingston clogging teams rack up big wins

    It’s not hard to love the exuberant young girls moving in sync, their shoes stomping and madly clicking.

    And all season long, judges have felt the same way about three South Eastern Clogging Co. Three competitive teams have excelled at various events.

    “They are all really good,” praised instructor Paulette Ray.

    Two of those teams, SECC Platinum and SECC Electric, even placed in the America’s Clogging Hall of Fame World Championships.

  • Collett never wrestled with career choice

    Rockwood’s Jeff Collett learned very early he wanted to be a professional wrestler when he grew up.

    “When I was 5 years old,” confirmed the man whom wrestling fans know as “The Southern Gentleman.”

    “As soon as I saw it, that is what I was going to be.”

    The family, including former Rockwood City Council member Ray Collett, moved to Virginia when Jeff was 3 and a sportswriting neighbor would give the family his free tickets to area wrestling shows.

  • Golf cart adds to brouhaha in neighborhood

    Knoxville attorney Greg Isaacs said a case authorities presented to the Roane County Grand Jury earlier this month was one of a kind.  

    “It may be the first case in the history of Tennessee where someone was arrested for having an abandoned golf cart on their property,” Isaacs said.

    His client, Colleen Landaiche, was indicted on Oct. 17 for theft of property between $1,000 to $10,000.

    The property in question was a golf cart owned by her neighbor, Jack Elkins.