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  • Bechtel Jacobs employee accused of poisoning co-worker

    A LaFollette woman is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court in September for allegedly poisoning her co-worker’s Mountain Dew. Ashley Nicole Carroll, 27, was arrested on July 13. She’s charged with reckless endangerment and assault.
    Carroll and the victim,
    Cheryl Lofton, were employed by Bechtel Jacobs as building service workers at East Tennessee Technology Park in Oak Ridge. The alleged poisoning occurred last month.

  • Rockwood’s water rates decided tonight

    Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas customers should know Monday night whether they will begin paying an additional 30 percent increase in water.
    A public hearing and second reading are on the agenda for the regularly scheduled Rockwood City Council meeting, today, Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m.

  • Sheriff adds new detective

    Becoming a detective has been a lifelong dream for Brandon Kittrell. It was fulfilled on Thursday when the command staff at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office hired him as the new detective.
    “I applied for it, and God bless, I was selected for the position,” he said. “My dream is to work investigation.”
    Kittrell will be coming from the patrol division, where he spent the last few years doing traffic enforcement.

  • Harriman library may have period lighting, updates

    The century-old Harriman Public Library will be showing its age a little better soon.
    The facility, which is one of the historic libraries built with funds from famed industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie more than 100 years ago, wants to use TVA restitution monies it received in the wake of the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill to continue work to return the library to more of its period look.

  • Campers ‘get out’ at Kingston park summer festivities
  • Country drive no smooth ride for traveler
  • Roane Medical staff dedicate portable chapel

    Roane Medical Center’s first portable chapel came with the help of a family with a rich history in divinity.
    The Mason family dedicated the chapel in the memory of the Rev. Anthony Harvey Mason, a longtime Methodist pastor, and his son, Anthony P. “Tony” Mason, who taught Sunday school and was a lay-person in his home church and the United Methodist Church Holston Conference.
    “It is just really an honor for our family,” said Scott Mason, one of Tony Mason’s sons.

  • Schools may seek more money in 2012

    Roane Countians could be asked to contribute more to schools in 2012 due to an anticipated $1.3 million reduction in state funding.   

    “There will be some substantial potential cuts in education or a substantial request for a property tax increase next year,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Discussion about the amount of local funding Roane County

    Schools already receive came up during this year’s budget process.

  • Schools: Or will cuts do the trick?

    Roane County Schools are facing a $1.3 million cut in state funding next year, according to school officials.

    “It’s in effect this year, but we’re in the hold-harmless, so it actually takes effect 2012-13 budget,” Director of Schools Toni McGriff said.

    School system business manager Eric Harbin said the cut stems from a decrease in students and a reduction in the capital component of the state’s Basic Education Program.

  • Rockwood assistant fire chief dies of cancer

    The Rockwood Fire Department is mourning the death of assistant fire chief Rondal McNeal.

    He died from cancer on Tuesday.  

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz said the loss has been difficult for the station.

    “Everybody is just trying to stay strong for his family,” he said.

    Wertz said McNeal had been employed with the city of Rockwood since 1972.

    He started out in the street department before moving to the fire department.