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  • Kingston Skyhoundz event postponed

    With just a short time to get ready, Kingston has postponed a championship Frisbee-dog event it hoped to hold on May 14.
    City parks and recreation director Rick Ross said staff had not had time to line up a sufficent number of participants, and is looking at possibly holding the event in the fall.
    “We will postpone to try for Oct. 1 during our country fair and reach out for more dogs,” Ross said. “We have a year to host and will try to combine with another event to draw more interest.”

  • City going after funds for airport

    Peggy Evans remembers when Rockwood students were regularly flown to Knoxville via Rockwood Municipal Airport.

    A teacher at the time, she remembers how the students looked forward to those trips. That sense of community — and the facility on Mount Roosevelt that provided it — won her heart.

    “My passion has been for that since the ’60s,” confirmed Evans, who sits as the city’s vice mayor more than 40 years later and is one of Rockwood’s more outspoken airport advocates.

  • Lifted credit cards pay for higher prices at the pump

    The cost of food might not be the only thing on the rise because of higher gas prices.

    “I’d say that crimes, burglaries and that sort of stuff is going to increase as well,” Roane County resident Patsy Ruppe said. “For some people, that’s going to be the alternative they choose to deal with the higher gas prices.”

    Ruppe knows from experience. Someone broke into her minivan on Easter weekend and made off with her debit card and credit cards that she left in the console.

  • Ballfields to rise from the ash

    Roane County’s plea for a place to play has been heard by TVA.

    A spokeswoman for the agency said 75 of the approximately 900 acres it acquired after the fly ash catastrophe will be used for ballfields.

    “That might be the No. 1 question we got at every meeting we spoke at,” TVA’s Katie Kline said.

    Area officials responded positively to the news.

  • Ratepayers sound off to Harriman candidates

    Some frustrated Harriman Utility Board ratepayers spoke directly to some of the city’s leaders during the most recent of their meetings last month.

    Several candidates heard from residents who began meeting because of their displeasure with their utility rates.

    Despite HUB rates on paper being comparable to — and sometimes lower than — other utilities, ratepayers still say the sting of their bills are worse.

  • Man who fought with officer who died being held in Roane

    A man who allegedly fought with a Wartburg police officer before the officer died is being held at the Roane County Jail.

    According to the Morgan County News, Eddie Dean Patterson is charged with aggravated assault for fighting with Wartburg Police Capt. Ralph Braden on April 22.

    Braden died on May 2 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.  

    The Morgan County News said District Attorney General Russell Johnson was weighing the evidence and planned to make a presentation to the Morgan County Grand Jury later this month.

  • Candidate forums in Kingston, Rockwood

    Municipal elections are less than a month away, and two upcoming forums are planned to introduce voters to candidates and help them make an informed decision in the voting booth.

    The city of Kingston will have its forum at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in Kingston Community Center.

    Residents will have an opportunity to meet Kingston City Council candidates on the ballot for the June 7 election.

    Three council seats are open. Candidates include incumbent Norm Sugarman, Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Brenda Timm.

  • Rallying together for a cure
  • On the quilt trail
  • Love of llamas: Oliver Springs couple rescues gentle creature

    Tall and sensitive, llamas are often used as pack animals.

    But at a secluded farm outside Oliver Springs, the South American mammals have the run of the place.

    Owners George and Pat Brandon’s interest in llamas quickly grew into making their farm a refuge, and Indian Creek Sanctuary was born.

    The couple say there is a lot to admire in the quiet animals.

    “I just like being with them. They are calm,” George said.