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  • 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.

  • Glow of Christmas lights gives city bit of buyer's remorse

    In the merry month of May, Kingston City Council members have another kind of merry on their minds — Christmas.

    At the council’s workshop Tuesday, officials will continue a discussion launched last month on the fate of Christmas lights the city places on utility poles along Kentucky and Race streets.

    It turns out that the lights, which are left on night and day during the Christmas season because there is no easy way to turn them on and off, have been costly.

  • Technology Nelson's aim in clerk's office

    Modernization has been one of Kim Nelson’s focal points during her first eight months as Roane County circuit court clerk.  

    “I embrace technology,” she said. “I’ve been all about making sure that we put things on the computer, that we’re using email, try to be as paperless as possible and not take up a bunch of storage space.”

    Nelson hopes to get more modern with the implementation of the Tennessee Court Information System.