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  • Lifted credit cards pay for higher prices at the pump

    The cost of food might not be the only thing on the rise because of higher gas prices.

    “I’d say that crimes, burglaries and that sort of stuff is going to increase as well,” Roane County resident Patsy Ruppe said. “For some people, that’s going to be the alternative they choose to deal with the higher gas prices.”

    Ruppe knows from experience. Someone broke into her minivan on Easter weekend and made off with her debit card and credit cards that she left in the console.

  • Ballfields to rise from the ash

    Roane County’s plea for a place to play has been heard by TVA.

    A spokeswoman for the agency said 75 of the approximately 900 acres it acquired after the fly ash catastrophe will be used for ballfields.

    “That might be the No. 1 question we got at every meeting we spoke at,” TVA’s Katie Kline said.

    Area officials responded positively to the news.

  • Ratepayers sound off to Harriman candidates

    Some frustrated Harriman Utility Board ratepayers spoke directly to some of the city’s leaders during the most recent of their meetings last month.

    Several candidates heard from residents who began meeting because of their displeasure with their utility rates.

    Despite HUB rates on paper being comparable to — and sometimes lower than — other utilities, ratepayers still say the sting of their bills are worse.

  • Man who fought with officer who died being held in Roane

    A man who allegedly fought with a Wartburg police officer before the officer died is being held at the Roane County Jail.

    According to the Morgan County News, Eddie Dean Patterson is charged with aggravated assault for fighting with Wartburg Police Capt. Ralph Braden on April 22.

    Braden died on May 2 at Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.  

    The Morgan County News said District Attorney General Russell Johnson was weighing the evidence and planned to make a presentation to the Morgan County Grand Jury later this month.

  • Candidate forums in Kingston, Rockwood

    Municipal elections are less than a month away, and two upcoming forums are planned to introduce voters to candidates and help them make an informed decision in the voting booth.

    The city of Kingston will have its forum at 6:30 p.m. May 12 in Kingston Community Center.

    Residents will have an opportunity to meet Kingston City Council candidates on the ballot for the June 7 election.

    Three council seats are open. Candidates include incumbent Norm Sugarman, Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Brenda Timm.

  • Rallying together for a cure
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  • Love of llamas: Oliver Springs couple rescues gentle creature

    Tall and sensitive, llamas are often used as pack animals.

    But at a secluded farm outside Oliver Springs, the South American mammals have the run of the place.

    Owners George and Pat Brandon’s interest in llamas quickly grew into making their farm a refuge, and Indian Creek Sanctuary was born.

    The couple say there is a lot to admire in the quiet animals.

    “I just like being with them. They are calm,” George said.

  • Got storm damage? Call the property assessor

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham wants to hear from people impacted by the severe weather that moved through the area on April 27.

    She is requesting that property owners with any loss or structural damage to buildings on their property from the storms contact her office at 376-4362.

    The information is necessary to ensure the 2011 appraisal information is correct.

    Kirkham said she was prompted to make the request after hearing reports about property damage while out in the public.

  • Why so many helicopters lately?

    An increase in helicopters in the area isn’t cause for alarm.Some are TVA helicopters doing storm-damage assessments.

    “I’ve confirmed that the helicopters that you have seen have been flying the region to assess storm damage on the TVA transmission system,” said Barbara Martocci, a TVA spokeswoman.

    On Wednesday many people noticed some low-flying helicopters along the waterways of Watts Bar.