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  • Honoring Roane County’s vets

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    A slight movement of his hand was all Melvin Page could muster as his badly injured body was taken off a battlefield in Vietnam in January 1968.
    “When they came in to get me, they done had me in a body bag,” Page said. “My hand just moved, and they saw my hand. They were zipping it up.”
    Page was injured multiple times while serving in Vietnam, but the injuries he suffered Jan. 4, 1968, were the last.

  • HONORING ROANE COUNTY VETERANS: 'Twenty-one was old age in Vietnam'

    A slight movement of his hand was all Melvin Page could muster as his badly injured body was taken off a battlefield in Vietnam in January 1968.

    “When they came in to get me, they done had me in a body bag,” Page said. “My hand just moved, and they saw my hand. They were zipping it up.”

    Page was injured multiple times while serving in Vietnam, but the injuries he suffered Jan. 4, 1968, were the last.

  • HONORING ROANE COUNTY VETERANS: 'I've been very lucky all my life'

    “I’ve been very lucky all my life,” United States Air Force veteran Joseph Boyd said.


    After Boyd, now 90, was shot down in by the Germans during the Invasion of Salerno in World War II when he was only 23, he treaded the Mediterranean Sea for approximately 24 hours before being rescued.


    While the Germans were invading Italy, Staff Sgt. Boyd and seven other P-38 pilots in the 1st Fighter Group were flying patrol over the Mediterranean.

  • HONOR ROANE COUNTY VETERANS: 'I was trying to stay alive and trying to kill the enemy'

    Marine Corps veteran Tom Pemberton, 86, of Rockwood lost his arm during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.


    Pemberton, 19 at the time, was a staff sergeant attached with the 6th Marine division.


    The primary objective of their mission was to take control of the airport on the island of Okinawa, more than 300 miles off the coast of Japan, so they could use it to easily invade Japan.

  • Donations likely for nonprofits

    Area nonprofit organizations could soon be receiving their annual donations from Roane County Government.

    The budget committee voted last Thursday to recommend the nonprofit resolution to the full commission.

    The resolution is on the tentative agenda for tonight’s – Nov. 8 – commission meeting at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • New jail hits overcapacity

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the jail was over capacity recently.

    “I knew it wouldn’t be long,” he said.

    The jail opened in September 2009. It was built for 172 inmates.

    Stockton said they had 182 prisoners on Oct. 28. A day later, the number had dropped to capacity, he said.

    “It seems like there’s been a rise in the crime rate as far as thefts and things of that nature under $500,” he said.

  • What's cooking at the Christmas Ideas Fair?
  • Expo Center may close in July

    Roane State Community College President Gary Goff said he doesn’t want to see the school’s Henry/Stafford Exposition Center closed.

    However, Goff vows that’s exactly what will happen if he doesn’t receive any financial help.

    “I will close the Expo Center come July 1 if I don’t have any support to cover the gap of about $75,000 to $100,000,” Goff said.

  • Some Harriman leaders want another go at negotiations over Pinnacle Pointe

    Negotiations failed the first time around between developers and Harriman over who owes whom in a disagreement over a project involving public and private work.

    Two Harriman City Council members, however, were ready last week to give it another go.

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson’s motion to have himself, Councilman Kenyon Mee and City Attorney Harold Balcom meet with the opposing was quickly voted down.

    Sampson said he had been contacted by Steve Kirkham about reopening negotiations.

  • Rockwood OKs settlement; King out

    The controversial twists surrounding three of Rockwood’s public utilities took an Election Day turn that had nothing to do with what was happening at the polls.

    But even this turn — the settlement of a lawsuit that included releasing Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas General Manager Rod King from his contract of employment — wasn’t without its bumps.