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  • Rockwood ready to sell industrial parcel

    Rockwood has set a minimum price for the Tenclo building, the name given to the industrial park tract owned by the city.
    A resolution giving the Rockwood Industrial Development Board permission to sell the property for no less than $175,000 was approved by Rockwood City Council recently.
    Roane Metals Group has expressed interest in the property and made an offer.

  • Animal shelters mend relations

    A short while ago Rockwood officials decided to end the city’s contract with Roane County Animal Shelter.
    City officials were upset they were getting billed for animals other than those brought by their animal control officer.
    That relationship has now mended, with Rockwood officials wanting to make a new contract with Roane County to deal with any overcrowding that may occur at Rockwood Animal Shelter. They hope to get approval of a new contract that would limit the animals the city paid for to those brought in by the animal control officer.

  • Bonuses for county workers?

    Elected officials will be allowed to grant employee bonuses if a resolution calling for such passes the Roane County Commission next week.
    “I hope it passes, because the county employees deserve it,” Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson said. “All of my deputy clerks work hard, and I would like to see them rewarded.”
    The commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the courthouse in Kingston.
    The budget committee voted 4-0 on Aug. 28 to recommend the employee-bonus resolution to the full commission.

  • NET GAIN

    Andrei Dume spent Wednesday’s good weather netting for gizzard shad off the old campground bridge of off Hwy. 70 in Caney Creek. Dume, a Kingston resident, planned to use the shad as bait for catfish.
     

  • TVA hikes power rates

    Electric customers can expect an increase in their rates this fall.
    TVA announced a 1.5 percent retail rate increase, which a news release said is the first in two years.
    Both Harriman Utility Board and Rockwood Electric Utility Board are passing those rate increases on to residential customers.
    “I think the first of October you’ll see increased electric rates,” said Rockwood Councilwoman Peggy Evans recently.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Presidential coverage you don’t read about

    Last month, I read with interest the Chattanooga Times Free Press coverage of President Obama’s visit to their city.
    Nearly two decades ago, when I lived and worked in Chicago, I covered presidential visits as a member of The Associated Press news bureau. Me and my ilk from other Chicago news outlets often sat through presidential dinners, unfed at side tables. Meanwhile, the Washington press corps — the ones who traveled with the president — were in the center of things and eating pretty well, too.

  • Kids Cafe program saved by community

    When Second Harvest decided to end its funding to the Kids Cafe program, that could have been the end for the community outreach to the youth at Rockwood Housing Authority.
    However, an anonymous donation cemented the funding for the coming year.
    Now RHA employee Jennifer Watson said the donations and volunteers are in place in the community to continue the program.
    “We are going to be just fine,” she said.
    Watson said community members organized a drive that sparked a lot of donations.

  • Police pull unruly man from stands in Harriman

    A Harriman man was arrested for disorderly conduct in the visitors stands at Harriman High School last Friday.

    Harriman police received reports a man was yelling profanities and threatening a woman.

    Albert Kelly Sargent, 46, refused police requests to go to the bottom of the bleachers, shaking his head, according to police reports.

    Police said after they went up to get him, he started complaining and denied doing anything wrong.

  • Austin Peay rocks with Roane County High

    Austin Peay State University’s band sat in the visitors stands Friday at Roane County High School, but band members made it clear they supported their host school.

    Austin Peay band members, including former Roane County High student Shelley Starkey, cheered loudly for the Kingston Yellow Jackets, who fell to Grace Christian.
    “It is really exciting,” she said. “I feel kind of famous. Everybody keeps saying, ‘Hey Shelley, how have you been?’”

  • VW seeks 10, more to come

    Officials hope the 10 warehouse workers Volkswagen plans to hire in the coming weeks is a sign of things to come.
    “We anticipate them hiring more over time,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “I know initially they’re just going to hire a few, but we hope they’ll ramp up to 40 to 60 employees over the next 12 to 18 months.”