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  • Dr. Bill Bass to speak at free event at Harriman High

    STAFF REPORTS
    The founder of University of Tennessee’s Body Farm, Dr. Bill Bass, will be sharing his first-hand accounts of unusual and interesting forensic cases he’s worked on during a free event at Harriman High School auditorium on Tuesday, June 5, from 6 to 9 p.m.
    A press release said many of his cases have inspired his numerous novels, works of fiction with some basis on true-to-life crimes.

  • TVA siren test June 7

    TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant on Thursday, June 7, at 11:30 a.m.
    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries.
    This is only a test.
    The sirens are used to notify plant personnel in the event of a chemical release at the plant.
    TVA routinely conducts training and drills at Kingston and other fossil plants where chemicals are stored, to ensure proper procedures are followed if a spill or release of the materials were to occur onsite.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Simplify! Unplug, get outdoors and reconnect

    I went camping over Memorial Day weekend, even though temperatures were unseasonably high.
    It felt good to get out of the air conditioning and spend my days like people did when I was a child.
    Back then, when many people lived and worked without air conditioning, real exertion was reserved for cooler times of the day.
    And so it was in the morning that I would pull out my bicycle and ride the back roads of Crawford.
    I spent evenings strolling the length of the big farm I was camping on.

  • Rockwood pool open for splashing good fun

     

    Five-year-old Kaylee Kilby makes a splash after taking a dive at the Rockwood Community Center swimming pool earlier this week. Rockwood’s pool is open for public swimming from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday throughout the summer.

  • Property assessor's candidate declared dead of self-inflicted shot

    Roane County property assessor candidate J.T. Woods is dead after he allegedly shot himself in the head at Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham's house Thursday morning, according to police. The incident was reported around 8:30 a.m. Kingston police and fire responded to the incident.

    Woods was 56. Kirkham was home at the time of the incident, police said.

    The road leading up to Kirkham's Brentwood residence was blocked that morning by a Kingston police car and yellow tape.

  • 9/11 memorial up at TVA

    People visiting TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will now be able to reach out and touch a piece of the World Trade Center that crumbled to the ground on Sept. 11, 2001.
    The agency held a dedication ceremony for its 9/11 memorial on Tuesday. It includes steel from the World Trade Center.

  • Council unsure on Hines’ legal fees

    Rockwood City Council approved paying $1,960 in legal fees for Vice Mayor Peggy Evans that were incurred after an ethics violation was filed against her by building inspector and one-time city recorder Jim Hines.
    Council had mixed reactions, however, about a similar request made by Hines, who asked for his fees of $840 to be paid.
    Council agreed with new city attorney Greg Leffew, who said he hadn’t had a chance to study the issue and said he could come back with an opinion.
    Hines was represented by Kingston attorney Richard Evans.

  • Rockwood gets new swim team

    Rockwood has a new opportunity for children looking for a sport that doesn’t involve a ball.
    Children can now be part of a swim team at the Rockwood Community Center pool complex.
    “Some kids aren’t ball sport oriented; they aren’t great at baseball or basketball. It is an alternative,” said Cassandra Dothard, a Rockwood Middle School science teacher. She and her family — including husband, Jason, and two sons Devin, 7, and Braden, 4 — are avid swimmers.

  • Road changes through Rockwood

    Kingston Avenue in Rockwood between Hwy. 70 and Dunn Street is closed temporarily because of construction.
    Hwy. 70 is also referred to as State Route 1.
    “This closure was necessary to construct its new alignment and for the relocation of the existing waterline,” said Mark Nagi, a Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman.
    “It is scheduled to be re-opened to through traffic on or before June 11th,” Nagi said
    Hwy. 70 is currently in the first phase of construction with all traffic on the existing northbound lanes.

  • Cutting hypertension risk

    SENIOR NEWS LINE
    By Matilda Charles
    Some with high blood pressure have adjusted out diets and medications to bring it under control — to no avail. Chances are those who still struggle with hypertension inherited the condition.
    Or perhaps we don’t have it yet but seem destined to by family medical history. Having just one parent with high blood pressure dramatically increases the odds of being hypertensive.
    Genes are tough to beat. But there might be an answer.