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  • TVA dedicating 9/11 memorial with WTC steel

    The 9/11 memorial at the TVA Kingston Fossil Plant will be dedicated during an 11 a.m. ceremony on Tuesday.

    The memorial will be located at the public-access area along the river.

    The memorial will include steel from the World Trade Center.

    A motorcade of police vehicles led the flatbed truck carrying the steel into the plant last August. The ceremony that marked its arrival also featured a 21-gun salute, the playing of taps and “Amazing Grace.”

  • Harriman cashing in on sales of city properties

     

    Harriman Industrial Development Board member, from left, Chris Ahler and Chairman Bill Alexander present Harriman Mayor Chris Mason with a portion of the wealth the board has acquired through the sale of city properties. The check for $176,211.89 was presented last month. This was a portion of the money that’s been obtained from the sale of buildings including the former Harriman National Guard Armory in north Harriman. Mason said the city had already anticipated the money and budgeted it as revenue in this fiscal year budget.
     

  • Miffed attorney wants look at sheriff’s emails

    Chris Cawood’s quarrel with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office is not fading away.

    The Kingston attorney said he mailed a lengthy public records request to Sheriff Jack Stockton on May 22.

    That was a day after Cawood stormed out of the office cursing after being informed he couldn’t give an inmate client a piece of mail.

    Cawood’s records request asks to inspect the personnel file of every sheriff’s office employee.

  • Rockwood budget rejected

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts says the $6.56 million city budget he’s prepared for the upcoming fiscal year is balanced and meets all requirements of state law.
    That may be so, but it wasn’t good enough for his fellow city leaders. On Tuesday, they rejected the budget on first reading.
    “We are increasing the property tax rate by a third,” noted Rockwood City Councilman Bill Thompson about the mayor’s proposal. “I’m not ready to pass on first reading.”

  • Miller erupts over proposed job loss

    Outraged Rockwood City Administrator Jack Miller made some heated accusations at a Rockwood City Council meeting Tuesday when Rockwood Mayor James Watts broke a tie vote on whether to amend his proposed budget to include money to finance Miller’s position.
    Later that same day the council failed to pass the proposed budget, however, and a new special-called meeting has been set for Wednesday, May 30, at 2 p.m.

  • Bad-burger caller a no-show

    Donna Marie Nichols, a Roane County woman who gained national attention after she allegedly called 911 over a bad hamburger, was a no-show in General Sessions Court on Monday.
    Nichols, 50, was scheduled to appear on a charge of abuse of the 911 system.
    Rockwood police said Nichols called 911 twice on March 28 to complain about the hamburger she purchased from Hardee’s.       

  • Raises possible for county employees

    Raises for employees are still under consideration as the 2012-13 Roane County budget process nears an end.
    “Once we get the general fund completed, we will look and see the prospects of raises,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “We hope to be able to include some this year.”
    The next meeting of the county budget committee is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston. Woody said officials don’t anticipate a property tax rate increase.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Give me a break—wait, not that kind of break

    For a long time, a gray-and-white longhaired tabby has been as big a fixture on my ridgetop landscape as the azalea bushes in front of my living room windows.
    In fact, that’s often where you could find Pony — comfortably tucked under one of those bushes, sleeping in the shade. Otherwise, he’d be napping under the car.
    That’s where he was last Friday evening when I backed over him.
    His scream was horrible, and he ran off with his leg dangling. It was nearly 24 hours later before I finally caught him and got him to the emergency vet.

  • Krazy Camp

    Harriman High School students deal with the unfolding chaos of the musical comedy “Krazy Kamp,” in which the enrollees of a misfit boys camp find their way to an upscale, sedate girls camp. The play was presented on May 21. Mizea McDowell, playing Officer Dumm throws up his hands. Seated on the right is Logan Stewart who played Elmer Crumb.

  • McGriff says goodbye

    Retiring Roane County Schools Director Toni McGriff shares a laugh with Midtown Elementary School Principal Glenna Treece at a reception for McGriff Wednesday.