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  • WHOOPS!: Steakhouse actually for New York

    A new restaurant looking for employees in Midtown is not talking about Midtown, Tenn., despite what job postings might indicate.
    Job seekers have gone to websites like Indeed.com and seen postings like a dining room manager advertised for Midtown, Tenn.
    A link then takes them to a website talking about NYY Steak Midtown.
    Coyne Public Relations officials say the restaurant is opening in Midtown  Manhattan, which is an upscale area of New York City.
    NYY Steak, under the Hard Rock Restaurant umbrella, is a New York Yankee-themed eatery.

  • Jail-fence fix about $20,000

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said jail inmates have become quite resourceful at making holes in the fence at the exercise yard.

    The problem could cost thousands of dollars to fix.
    “Once they get in a semi-circle and somebody starts working the fence, it’s easy to manipulate,” Stockton said. “They’ve actually got now where they can pull the strips out on each end of the fencing and you can just slide it back.”

  • More money added to county schools budget

    The Roane County Commission approved a budget amendment for Roane County Schools by an 11-3 vote Monday.
    In July, the Board of Education made cuts to the school budget after the commission refused the board’s request for a property tax rate increase. The commissioners approved allowing school officials to take $447,218 from their instructional reserves.

  • Former Houston lawyer takes Bayside owner’s assault case

    Bayside Marina owner Alan Lee Schneider has retained Athens attorney Randy G. Rogers in his aggravated assault case.
    His previous attorney, Terry L. Stevens II of Kingston, was allowed to withdraw in May.
    Rogers notified the court in June that he would be representing Schneider.
    Rogers represented Rocky Houston when he faced first-degree murder charges for the 2006 deaths of Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Bill Jones and his ride-along Mike Brown.

  • Man Tasered for running from police

    Timothy Wayne Sanders, a 42-year-old Rockwood man, is in trouble with the law.
    His problems aren’t in state court, however.

    Sanders is charged in federal court with two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was arrested in Rockwood last week by members of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.
    He’s since been transferred to the Blount County Jail in Maryville where he’s being held without bond.  
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  • OLYMPIC-GOLD VISITOR: Swim team to get tips from best

    Olympic gold-medal swimmer Claire Donahue will be teaching Rockwood’s swim team a trick or two that might advance them beyond their third-place finish in their league this year.

    Swim coach Cassandra Dothard said her team has been excited since learning about the opportunity after Dothard got to know Donahue’s mother, who works at a swim store in Knoxville.

    Donahue will be at the Rockwood pool Aug. 19 at 5 p.m.

  • United Way campaign kicks off Aug. 22

    Roane County United Way will have its 2014 campaign kickoff from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Aug. 22 in the Michael Dunn Center at 629 Gallaher Road, Kingston.  
    This year’s goal is $400,000.
    Roane County United Way, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, works to maximize the impact of individual and business donations as partner agencies work together to serve all Roane Countians.

  • One solar farm down, one to go

    Kingston City Council members glimpsed a bright future for the city’s two solar projects off Hwy. 58 at the Aug. 6 council work session.
    According to project updates, the smaller of Kingston’s two planned solar farms — a 50-kilowatt installation behind the water distribution plant — is finished, inspected and operational.

  • Bonus possible for county employees

    Roane County employees could find some extra money in their paychecks later this year.
    County Executive Ron Woody said the county is in position to give one-time bonuses to employees after closing its records for the 2012-13 fiscal year with a $229,773 increase in fund balance.  
    “We came in positive for a couple of reasons,” Woody said.
    “One is because we didn’t increase operating costs with salaries,” he noted, “and two, our employees helped us get
    to where we’re at by either

  • Free smoke alarms offered in Harriman

    Harriman Fire Department continues to offer free smoke alarms.
    The department recently received 200 Kidde Firex brand smoke alarms.
    “These were gotten through the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s office through a federal grant,” said Fire Chief Brad Goss.
    Harriman residents wishing to have the smoke alarms, which have a 10-year sealed battery, can call station one to schedule installation.
    “You must be a homeowner inside the city of Harriman,” Goss said.
    Call 882-3072 to schedule an appointment.