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  • Be more aware of dangers of radon exposure in homes

    January is Radon Action Month, and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is educating Tennesseans about the dangers of radon exposure, encouraging actions to identify and to address radon problems in the home.

    The American Lung Association, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and various county health departments serve as partners in this outreach effort, designed to raise awareness about the health risk and the importance of testing.

    According to the EPA, Americans spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors.

  • Big year for Chamber’s shopping spree

    Thanks to the overwhelming response from Roane County Chamber of Commerce members, this year’s Shopping Spree Contest provided even more cheer for the holiday season.

    Three winners were awarded an overall $1,000 in cash prizes during drawings at The Roane Alliance’s annual Christmas open house.

    Tammy Darland of Kingston won the $500 grand prize, and Jo Ann Jones of Harriman and Dennis Ellis of Monroe County each won $250.

    Single mother Darland was excited to hear she had won.

  • Freezing temperatures after math

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas workers had their hands full Wednesday repairing multiple water-line bursts around the city. A 6-inch main line break flooded some of North Gateway Avenue. Workers estimated the break happened during the evening hours, but they didn’t receive a call until morning.

  • Light-headed

    Someone was feeling a little light-headed outside the Rockwood Police Department as a dismembered Betty Boop head lay next to a trash can.

  • Giving a little more

    Malcolm Springs of Rockwood gave blood for the second time ever when the Medic Regional Blood Center made its way into Harriman on Dec. 30. Phlebotomist Ashely Shultz helped work with the donors who lined up in the cold outside the Medic bus at  the KFC. Medic Regional Blood Center has been struggling to meet the needs of area hospitals. It was offering with special holiday incentives — in this case, free movie tickets — hoping to entice more people to roll up their sleeves. 

  • Man falls through floor, freezes

    A Korean War veteran, former Rockwood American Legion Post 50 commander and longtime veterans service officer was found dead in his home at 620 Elm Ave. Tuesday, apparently from the freezing temperatures.

    Ray Arley Knight Jr., 85, was found around 4 p.m. by Rockwood Police Sgt. Kelly Pittman, who went to the home on a welfare check request.

    It appeared Knight fell through the floor of the sagging woodframe house and was stuck at his armpits.

  • Schools use three snow days, eight left to go

    Roane County students returned to school on Thursday after three unexpected days off. Officials canceled classes on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday because of the cold spell that gripped the area.

    “Hopefully, we won’t see this frigid weather again for a while,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.

    If the frigid temperatures do return, the school system has eight more inclement weather days to use this school year.

    “Those should get us through,” Aytes said.

  • State brags on Roane County audit

    From STAFF REPORTS

    Roane County government’s annual audit turned up a perfect score of zero. That is, the state Comptroller’s auditors found no examples of problems with the county’s management or bookkeeping practices for the fiscal year that ended last June 30.

    Auditors found no problems with the county’s financial statements.

  • Civil War talk set at Kingston library

    From STAFF REPORTS

    Author and Civil War historian Gerald L. Augustus will speak at Kingston Public Library on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 6-8 p.m.

    The topic will be “The Civil War in Tennessee,” concentrating on events in East Tennessee.

    Augustus is a retired teacher and principal from Lenoir City Schoools.

    Originally from Kentucky, he received his master’s degree from the University of Tennessee. He is an avid collector of all things Civil War.

  • TVA ASH SPILL: Cleanup workers: Protection requests rejected

    Knoxville attorney James K. Scott has asked a federal judge to deny a motion to dismiss filed by Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

    Scott filed a lawsuit against Jacobs in federal court last year claiming the contractor lied to TVA ash spill cleanup workers about the safety of fly ash and rejected requests to wear masks and respirators.

    The lawsuit listed 49 plaintiffs. Jacobs has asked for a dismissal, contending its entitled to discretionary function immunity.
    Scott disagrees.