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  • 'Aggressive action' key to problem at tavern

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton was asked what he plans to do about the Grill and Pub during a sheriff’s liaison committee meeting on Monday.

    “We are going to aggressively pursue some type of action,” Stockton told the committee.

    The Grill and Pub, which is also known as the Big Orange Bar, is at 2224 Harriman Hwy.

    A homicide occurred outside the bar on July 23. This past Saturday, two people were arrested in the parking lot for fighting.

  • County looking to buy another white house

    Roane County is looking to purchase another white house near the new jail.

    However, County Executive Ron Woody said don’t expect a repeat of the county’s last “white house” episode.

    There are no plans to renovate this one for office space, he said.

    “The intent would be to purchase the property so we could have additional parking,” he said.

    The Roane County Commission meets on Monday at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

  • It's fishing rodeo time again

    Dennis Ferguson’s Fishing Rodeo for Kids  is being held Aug. 6 at Roane County Park .

    Free to children 5-14, registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. and fishing starts at 8:30.  

    The rodeo was started by Ferguson, a former state representative, who promised the event would continue even after he lost his re-election bid last November.

    “I’m never going to stop it so long as I’m able,” said Ferguson, who added that he has it set up as a nonprofit.

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  • Math camps give kids a jump start to ease transition

    The transition from middle to high school math might not be as daunting for Alexis Tuttle.
    Last month she and dozens of other local students took part in some interactive math programs offered for rising freshmen and rising sixth-graders.
    “I really want to pass my freshman year, so I wanted to get help with my math and stuff,” said Tuttle, who will be attending Midway High School. “Hopefully, it won’t be as hard because I’ll already know some of it.”

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  • OS judge to delve into Rockwood complaints

    Rockwood City Attorney Elmer Rich has bowed out of serving as the ethics officer looking into complaints filed against Vice Mayor Peggy Evans.
    Rockwood City Council approved hiring Oliver Springs City Judge Joe Van Hook to conduct the investigation of charges brought against Evans by Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines in the wake of questions about the insurance bidding process.
    Rich believes it’s improper for him to serve as the ethics officer because of his role as legal representative to the council.