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  • Mission Lazarus Roane dentist committed to helping build Honduras clinic

    Each year doctors, dentists and other medical personnel donate time, equipment and more to help the less fortunate.

    Mission Lazarus is one such program, which helps individuals in Honduras and Haiti, and Raymond Holmes is one of the many Tennessee dentists who has donated time on trips and is helping to get a dental clinic formed in Honduras so they can do more than pull and clean teeth.

  • Making repairs after the thaw

     

    Shawn Clark with the Kingston Water Department works on sawing out asphalt to repair a water main break along Hwy. 70 due to below-freezing temperatures that swept over East Tennessee the week of Jan. 6. This was the fourth repair Kingston had. Oak Ridge Utility District helped locate the break.

  • Rockwood area may boast biggest race

    Roane County Commission’s 1st District race could turn out to be one of the biggest, if the number of qualifying petitions picked up is any indication.

    As of 4 p.m. Friday, incumbents Ron Berry and Benny East could face five contenders for three seats to represent the district that includes Rockwood and surrounding areas.

    Both Berry and East picked up their qualifying petitions last week from the Roane County Election Commission. The third incumbent, Copper Bacon, said last week he does not intend to seek re-election.

  • Yager: No bill deal struck with Caldwell in exchange for condo

     

    State Sen. Ken Yager said his condo deal with Kingston developer Matt Caldwell had nothing to do with a bill he got passed that could benefit Caldwell financially.  

    “I keep my private business totally separate from my legislative work,” Yager said.

    Yager was the sponsor of Senate Bill 1346 that allows property owners to get a break on their delinquent tax penalties because of the TVA ash spill. 

  • Shillings tapped for alderman

     

    Don Shillings was selected on Thursday to fill the remainder of James Brummett’s seat on the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen.

    He was one of two applicants.

    “Council made the motion to put Don in,” said Oliver Springs Mayor Chris Hepler.

    “I think he’ll do fine. He’s served two terms before. It is good to have a full council,” Hepler said.

  • FEDS RAID OS FACILITY

    Federal agents raided a Department of Energy subcontractor’s Oliver Springs facility Thursday.

    FBI agent Marshall Stone would only confirm the agents were at the Oliver Springs headquarters of Transportation, Operations and Professional Services on Thursday.

    “We don’t want to jeopardize the ongoing case,” he said.

    Stone said the ongoing investigation is a joint effort between the FBI, DOE and the Internal Revenue Service. 

  • Goddards face bittersweet celebration

    District 2 Roane County Commissioner Jerry Goddard and his wife, Sherron, will celebrate their 49th wedding anniversary next month.

    The keepsakes gathered over those years were lost in a fire at the couple’s Cemetery Lane home last month.

    “Every single thing was lost,” he said. “Forty-nine years of saving stuff gone down the drain.”

  • Rockwood to look in on elderly

    The Rockwood community was devastated by the hypothermia death of resident Ray Knight during a recent cold snap.

    Officials are keen to try out a new way to help prevent such tragedies in the future.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright and Fire Chief Mike Wertz have come up with a program they call R U Safe, which allows needy elderly to be referred to the city for wellness checks during extreme weather.

    They hope to build a database of all those who might need looking in on.

  • Ren Fair clears city hurdles

    The last government obstacle to a Renaissance Festival in Harriman was handled when the city passed final reading of an ordinance to rezone the property.

    “C2 (commercial) would be a better fit for the Renaissance Festival,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    Nobody opposed the rezoning from open space during a public hearing Tuesday.

    Barrie and Lars Paulson originally wanted to open this summer, but after the late start, decided to move their opening to the fall.

  • Consignment sale also helps food pantry

    Tulle and twinkling sequins covered the walls at the Kingston Community Center last weekend as a charity prom dress sale went on.

    The “Say Yes to the Dress” consignment sale was put on by Roane County High School senior Amber Luttrell.

    Girls from all over the county donated dresses to be sold during the community event.

    These girls are doing more than just getting a little money back; they are also helping Roane County.