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  • Rockwood recall petition push on for Nov. 29

    Recall supporters in Rockwood are dedicating all day Nov. 29 to getting signatures for the petitions for a recall election for Rockwood Mayor James Watts and Councilwoman Jane Long.

    “What I was wanting to do was have a petition signing day on Tuesday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at The Rec (Rockwood Event Center),” said recall originator Steven Rose. It’s at 116 W. Rockwood St.

    “It is a central location where everyone can come and sign the petition,” Rose said.

  • Harriman speeders may not have to drive far to work off violations

    Speeders and other traffic violators may now have an alternative to driving to Kingston or Knoxville for driving school.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle and Harriman City Judge Charles Crass have talked about starting a four-hour driving school.

    Heidle believes the setup cost is about $1,995.

    “We have the facility to actually do it at my place to actually give the classes,” he said, referring to facilities at police headquarters in South Harriman.

  • Harriman buys vehicle already in police fleet

    Harriman City Council recently approved purchasing a vehicle that is already part of its police fleet.

    The Toyota Four Runner was seized in a drug operation.

    However, drug fund regulations stipulate that it has be sold, with money returning to the Harriman Police Department’s drug fund.

    “I would like to be able to keep it at the police department to utilize it to provide emergency services during bad weather,” Police Chief Randy Heidle appealed to council members.

  • ROANE TREASURES: Meet the Class of 2011

    A Navy World War II veteran, two U.S. Army Air Force veterans, former school board chairman, a renown basketball coach, bus driver and the first female member of a local jury

    “The list could go on and on,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    He was referring to this year’s group of Roane Treasures and Golden Treasures, who are local residents who have made significant contributions to their communities.

  • State electronic library getting some billboard time

    The Tennessee Electronic Library has launched a statewide billboard campaign to raise awareness about the services it offers to Tennesseans.
    The campaign includes 20 billboards stretching from Memphis to the Tri-Cities.
    TEL is an online resource with more than 400,000 reference materials, journals, essays, podcasts, videos and e-books.
    It provides free test preparation, family history materials and access to Tennessee’s metropolitan newspapers and the World Book Encyclopedia.

  • Grant funding getting harder to come by

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    There’s no better money than free money.
    That was the sentiment expressed by Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, and avidly seconded by members of Kingston City Council, upon hearing a report from the city’s grant coordinator Steve Jacks at an October work session.

  • Wallace put ‘family’ in family practice

    The mountains and lakes are what drew Dr. Marty Wallace to establish her family medicine practice in Harriman in 1993.
    She is retiring on Dec. 2, so now she might have time to enjoy them.
    “I hate to go. It is just so hard to tell the patients,” Wallace said. “A lot of them are just coming in squalling.”
    Insurance companies’ control of the medical profession, mounting paperwork and rising overhead are all behind her decision to hang up her stethoscope.

  • Bad drugs: Stores put on notice

    Synthetic drugs are becoming a problem in Roane County, officials report. The drugs have names like bath salts, K-2, spice, potpourri and plant food.
    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, the drugs act as a stimulant on the central nervous system and can result in increased blood pressure and increased heart rate, which can cause severe chest pain, heart attacks or even strokes.
    Authorities plan to crack down on businesses that sell the drugs.

  • U.S. EPA wants to tweet you

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 4 is now on Twitter.
    EPA Region 4 serves eight states in the Southeast: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
    Existing and new Twitter users can follow @USEPASoutheast to get the latest environmental news that is relevant to them. Followers of the Twitter feed will receive updates on public meetings, events, accomplishments, new laws and policies.

  • 11-11-11 not just any day to special boy

    For some, this Friday — 11-11-11 — will be little more than an anomoly on the calendar.
    It gets a whole lot more interesting for Elijah Daniel Reeder of Kingston.
    According to his birth certificate, Elijah will turn 11 years old on 11-11-11. He was born at, get this, 11:11 a.m.
    His grandmother, Carol Ann Kendrick of Kingston, noted that he was born on Veterans Day 11 years ago while his parents, David and Tracy Reeder, were stationed at Minot Air Force Base in North Dakota.
    He was a bit small a birth at 6 pounds, 5 ounces.