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  • Ambulance rate hike recommended

    People with no insurance have a hard time paying for their use of the Roane County ambulance service.
    “I think it’s 13 percent of our total transports are non-insured, and most of those accounts are delinquent,” said Howie Rose, director of the county ambulance department.
    The uninsured could have an even harder time paying in the future.
    The Roane County Ambulance Committee is recommending a rate increase.
    “We’re leaving a lot of money on the table,” Chairman James Brummett said.

  • Hold-up attempt at Bluff Road Rocky Top

    A woman tried to rob the Rocky Top on Bluff Road Monday night.
    The clerk told sheriff’s officials a white female with dark hair approached the register and demanded $250.
    “He tried to stall her by counting out the money, hoping someone would walk in the store,” the report said.
    The clerk also told authorities that the female, “stated that she had no problem killing him and raised her left hand inside the pocket of her hoodie as if to have a gun.”

  • Fire burns Harriman house

    A Harriman fire Friday night heavily damaged aresidential home that was being prepared for occupation.
    Harriman firefighters were called to 516 Henderson St. around 10:30 p.m. and fought the fire while neighbors watched from their yards.
    At one point — before Harriman Utility Board crews shut off the electricity — a live line to the home was a concern.
    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said it appears the fire started somewhere in the rear of the home.

  • Kingston may widen liquor base

    Kingston Council took the first step in opening the city’s retail liquor business to competition from all comers at its October meeting, but not without a rare note of dissent.
    Councilman Kevin McClure spoke out prior to the first reading of an ordinance that would alter an existing city ordinance that limits retail liquor sales to individuals who live in Kingston.
    If the ordinance passes on an eventual second reading, eligible business interests from outside the city would become eligible to open liquor stores here.

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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.