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  • Ishman has credentials for inspector job

    In reading my backlog of Roane County News papers following our return from vacation in Florida and the Caribbean, I noticed comments by Rockwood Councilwoman Peggy Evans in a Sept. 27 article written by Cindy Simpson.
    In reading other issues to date, I did not see that anyone took issue with Evans’ unsubstantiated comments regarding Harold Ishman’s qualification as part-time building inspector for the city of Rockwood.

  • Feds win on Leon Houston appeal

    The government does not have to give Leon Houston the names and addresses of law enforcement officers who were present when he was arrested on Jan. 11. The decision by U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. ordering the government to do so was reversed on appeal by U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves.
    “In short, the defendant has not carried his burden of demonstrating that the disclosure of the identities of these unknown law enforcement officers is necessary or appropriate,” Reeves said in the order setting aside Shirley’s order.

  • Rockwood man aims gun, rifle

    Ronald Lewis Underwood, a 54-year-old Rockwood man, was arrested on Oct. 12 for allegedly pointing a handgun and a rifle at one of his neighbors.
    Officer Charles P. Haubrich said he encountered Underwood when he was responding to Tedder Street to investigate the incident.

  • Rockwood first responders change call response

    Rockwood Fire Department wanted a solution to its call outs for lifting and non-emergency calls.
    The department got its answer in regards to what emergency and lift assistance calls it would go to at Rockwood City Council’s meeting last month. First, the Rockwood City Council passed a resolution limiting the first responder calls to priority one calls only. Priority one calls are serious.

  • Accident at mile marker 343

    Rain and wind are believed to be the cause of a one-vehicle accident at mile marker 343 on I-40 Thursday afternoon. A 2001 GMC Sierra with a camper trailer lost control and flipped. Randall Ray, Castalian Springs, Tenn., was taken to Roane Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. The westbound roadway was temporarily closed while it was being cleaned up that afternoon. 

  • Sewer project change order nixed

    After fielding one request for a project change order — somewhat begrudgingly — Kingston city council members told another group seeking a change order to think again.
    Change orders — amendments to the cost of a project, after the project is underway — can be for cost over-runs or under-runs. Both of the requests council presented at their Oct. 1 work session were for overages, however.

  • Phone scam targets seniors

    A caller is trying to get the bank account information of senior citizens, telling them it is because of changes to their Medicare.
    Billy McGhee said the caller said he was with the federal government and changes were being made to his social security and Medicare.
    “He wanted my bank account number so he could send my check,” McGhee said.

  • Temperance Building doors remain closed

    Harriman’s most iconic landmark remains closed for the foreseable future, but it’s all part of the plan to return it to the distinction it once held.
    The work to stabilize the Temperance  Building in the basement now make way for the next step, stabalizing the outer walls. The city project has received multiple grants administered from the Tennessee Historical Commission. The most recent preservation grant this year was $40,355.

  • Kingston eyeing several grants

    November is the time when applications for many state and federal grant options come due, and Kingston officials have eyes on a couple of big ones this year.
    One of them is the so-called Safer grant, a FEMA grant for local fire departments. According to Kingston Mayor Troy Beets, Safer grants vary in size, according to the needs of the department. “You apply for whatever you need — equipment, personnel, whatever — and then you make your case for that need,” Beets said. “You really have to sell yourself, and your needs to become eligible.”

  • Kingston signs on to 911 contract

    After nearly two years of uncertainty, Kingston City Council members finally signed on to a 911 agreement calling for more money from local governments.
    Council unanimously approved the agreement at the Oct. 8 full council session.
    “We got our itches scratched, so we went ahead and voted for it,” Kingston Mayor Troy Beets said. “All’s good now.”