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  • 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.  

  • Washing up after a catch

    Paul Lingerfield of Oak Ridge scrubs his boat after cruising on Watts Bar Lake last week.

    He caught a 14-inch largemouth bass on his outing.

  • An afternoon of fishing with Grandpa

    Jacie and Taryn Underwood spend an afternoon bonding with their grandfather, John, on a Watts Bar Lake fishing outing last week.

  • Fire at Kingston United Methodist

    Fire broke out at Kingston United Methodist Church Saturday at approximately 7:00 p.m.

    No one was in the building when Pastor John C. Anderson noticed the church was on fire while he was mowing the lawn.

     Lt. Gary Nelson of the Kingston Police Department noted that the rear left corner and auditorium had received the most damage.

    Hordes of passers-by surrounded the area around the church, as members of Kingston, Midtown, Harriman, East Roane County and Oak Ridge fire departments worked dilligently to contain the fire.

  • Roane represented at royal wedding

    Editor's note: Story updated on May 3, 2011, to correct spelling of Chelsea Rose Black's father's name.

  • See Spot fly: Frisbee dog competition coming to Kingston

    Kingston will host the 2011 Skyhoundz Canine Disc Tennessee State Championship May 14 for the first time.

    Hounds of all ages and breeds will compete at Fort Southwest Point for a spot in the national competition, which was held in Chattanooga last year.

    “It should be a fun event,” Kingston Parks and Recreation event coordinator Debbie Russell said. “We’re all dog lovers here.”

    The department has also been looking to create a dog park in Kingston for residents and their four-legged friends to enjoy.