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  • Bin Laden burial at sea: Roane Countian on ship

    Sandra Steele is a little closer to history these days.

    Her son, Rockwood High School graduate Chad Steele, is a sailor on board the USS Carl Vinson, the ship that carried out Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea after the terrorist leader was killed.

    “Me and my husband are so proud,” she said. “We’re just about to bust.”

    Bin Laden, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks and America’s most wanted man, was killed by U.S. Navy SEALs who were sent in to find him at his compound in Pakistan.

  • Second THP building placed on register

    The second of Rockwood’s two old Tennessee Highway Patrol buildings has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The first, which fronts Kingston Avenue, was added to the list in 2001.

    This year, an amendment to the registry adds the second one, which fronts Gateway Avenue.

    A museum is in the Kingston Avenue building.

  • Eagle Furnace may get cable

    Residents in the Eagle Furnace area may someday get the opportunity to have cable television and natural gas.

    Ron Berry, who sat as the interim general manager of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas and is helping transition new manager Kimberly Ramsey, has recommended looking at extending gas service to the customers in this area and approaching Comcast about sharing the cost of the ditch to extend cable to that area as well.

  • Woody demands better terms before more investment in Plateau Park

    Part of Gov. Bill Haslam’s strategy for bringing jobs to Tennessee is getting rural communities to work together to spur economic development.              
    “The only way they’re going to do that is if they don’t get in a bind like Roane County, and one county pays for it and another county reaps all the benefits,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.
    Roane, Cumberland and Morgan counties could be a test case of how well multi-county alliances work.

  • Wilderness first responder classes offered

    Roane State Community College instructors will teach a Wilderness First Responder course May 16-23 at Camp Wesley Woods in Townsend.
    The course provides extensive training in handling medical emergencies in the wilderness.
    The class is designed for those who operate extensively in the outdoors, such as outdoors enthusiasts, wilderness guides, environmental educators and missionaries.

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  • OR team to finish K-25 Site cleanup

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday awarded a $2.2 billion contract for the cleanup of the former K-25 Site to the URS/CH2M Hill team at Oak Ridge.

    The team succeeds Bechtel Jacobs, which has been involved since 1998 in the environmental cleanup of the former Manhattan Project site now known as East Tennessee Technology Park on Hwy. 58 in Roane County.

    URS/CH2M Hill will be responsible for the remaining environmental cleanup and support functions at ETTP, according to a DOE release.

  • Audit reveals utility system's financial snarls

    If new members of the Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas Board weren’t fully aware of the daunting work ahead of them, a briefing on the most recent annual audit brought the full scope of the utilities’ problems into focus.

    Besides repayment of interdepartmental loans to the water and sewer departments from gas operations, other repeat problems were detailed during the briefing on the audit from June 30, 2009 to June 30, 2010.

  • New look in store for office

    Commissioners approved a resolution last month that will allow Roane County Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson to give the General Sessions Court Office a makeover.

    A new setup is badly needed, she said.

    “On high-traffic days, such as Mondays or Friday mornings for traffic court, the volume at the window at the front of the office is such that there is constant disruption of my staff,” Nelson said.

    “They have no opportunity to just sit there and quietly get their worked finished because the traffic is non-stop.”

  • Former EMS director retires

    Former ambulance director Gloria Wright is no longer employed with the county.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said her departure was treated as a combination of termination and retirement.

    Woody removed Wright as director of the ambulance department to a lower administrative position on April 25.

    Wright told Woody via email the next day that she planned to take early retirement.