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  • Scarfin’ up the biz

    Some people put up neighborhood lemonade stands.
    Claudia Brown sells crocheted scarves from her yard in Kingston.
    On nice days, Brown can be seen in her yard at 507 Race St., sitting in a lawn chair and making more scarves while traffic hums by.
    A basketful of her wares holds an array of colors, but the University of Tennessee orange-and-white ones are a good guess for best sellers.

  • Tight spot lands school bus in Harriman ditch

    Several students suffered minor injuries after a bus went into a ditch Monday afternoon on Hassler Mill Road near Harriman.

    Trooper Robert Woody said the accident happened around 3:55 p.m. Monday.

    Nine students were taken for medical treatment.

    Woody said one went to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The remaining eight were taken to Roane Medical Center either by ambulance or by family.

    “I think they were all released fairly quickly,” Woody said.

    Woody said the narrowness of the winding road may have been a factor.

  • Miller, Farmer Howard tops for Rockwood administrator

    Rockwood City Council narrowed the list down to three, but officials couldn’t get four votes to name a city administrator at their meeting Thursday morning.

    “Well back to the drawing board,” quipped city councilman Jason Jolly.

    The council plans to schedule a meeting in the next week or so to again look at all the candidates, hoping the presence of all six members and time to reassess the candidates might bring out a stronger favorite.

  • Roane Republicans calling for primary in 2012 county races

    The Roane County Republican Party has called for a primary for next year’s county election.

    “I don’t know if it’s the first time for Roane County, but it’s the first time in a long time,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said. “Normally, Roane County is just the general election in August.”

    Roane County Republican Party Chairwoman Flo Charles said the decision was made a few weeks ago.

  • Ex-assessor hopeful in altercation

    Steven Robinette, a mixed martial arts instructor and former candidate for county property assessor, was involved in an altercation outside a Mexican restaurant in Rockwood on Oct. 19.

    According to a Rockwood Police Department report, Robinette showed up at the station at 2:30 a.m., and wanted to talk about an assault that occurred at the restaurant.

    “Steven stated he had been inside eating and had gotten into his vehicle,” the report said.

  • What if an audit isn’t in on time?

    While officials have taken retired city recorder Jim Hines to task for the turnaround on the audit, the state has little power to enforce when the municipality completes its audit.

    Community members have taken to Facebook to discuss Rockwood recently, and one post by John Evans, Vice Mayor Peggy Evans’ son, encouraged people to contact the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury because of concerns about some of the audit findings and the delay in completion.

  • Outstanding Volunteer 2011: Anita King’s works earns props from Southeastern Aging Network

    Anita King has worked tirelessly with her husband Earle King for 23 years to help elderly East Tennesseans in the Public Guardianship program through the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

    Her dedication was recently honored with the Outstanding Volunteer in Aging Award at the Southeastern Aging Network Conference in Memphis.

    Anita King has done more than 17,000 hours of volunteer service and recruited, organized, trained and supervised 25 Public Guardianship Volunteers, but she believes so many others deserve more credit than she.

  • No surprises on budget committee

    There was no surprises last Monday night when the Roane County Commission took up a resolution electing the membership of the budget committee.

    The vote to appoint Commissioners Copper Bacon, Bobby Collier, Jerry Goddard and Steve Kelley to the committee was unanimous.

    At the September meeting, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Commissioner Ron Berry shocked him when he abruptly withdrew from consideration when the resolution came up for discussion.

    That prompted Woody to withdraw the resolution.  

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