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  • Ambulance staff cut to hold costs

    Sonya Brooks’ notice that she was losing her job was as terse as it was abrupt.

    “Restructuring of the billing department. Position eliminated,” the Jan. 14 pink slip said about her position with the Roane County Ambulance Department.

    “I came in to work,” she said. “They let me get all the tickets entered for the day. They told me when it was about time for me to leave and go to lunch.”

  • Road salt shortage leaves county on slippery slope

    Roane County had between 60 and 70 tons of road salt remaining on Thursday, according to Road Superintendent Tom Hamby.

    That was enough to get through one more snow event, he said.

    “After that, I’ll be completely out,” he said.

    And snow is in the forecast for today and early next week.

    Trying to get more salt has proven difficult.

    “I’ve been trying to order it, but where we’ve been buying, the state’s got it all tied up,” Hamby said.

  • Imagine your child's color picture — on the front page

    The Roane County News is looking for Roane County kids between the ages of 5 and 12 to help with promoting positive news, such as honor roll and other inside-page news.

    A sample at the bottom of Page 1 on the Jan. 21 edition gives the general idea. We’ll take a picture of your child holding a blank poster and, when we use it, we’ll superimpose whatever message is appropriate on that poster.

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  • Gunman holds up Budget Inn

    Kingston police said a man put a gun to an employee’s head during an armed robbery at the Budget Inn on Gallaher Road on Saturday.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said the robber made off with $200.    

    The robbery occurred around 5 p.m. The robber had on a hood, according to details provided to E-911 dispatch.

    Police were still gathering information on Tuesday. Washam said they were planning to review videotapes from the nearby Kenjo Market and Weigel’s gas stations.

  • Gunman holds up Budget Inn

    Kingston police said a man put a gun to an employee’s head during an armed robbery at the Budget Inn on Gallaher Road on Saturday.

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said the robber made off with $200.    

    The robbery occurred around 5 p.m. The robber had on a hood, according to details provided to E-911 dispatch.

    Police were still gathering information on Tuesday. Washam said they were planning to review videotapes from the nearby Kenjo Market and Weigel’s gas stations.

  • Kingston city worker hurt when beam slips

    A Kingston city employee was hurt on the job Monday morning while performing maintenance at the Kingston wastewater plant. 

    Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton said plant manager Mike Jolly was injured when a beam struck him in the back.

    The accident happened around 11:30.

    Pinkerton said a cable attached to an A-frame had some slack that employees didn’t see.

    The beam was going to be used to lift a piece of equipment so the bearings could be replaced.

  • Roane schools get 'reasonable' report card

    Achievement is not the challenge facing Roane County Schools.

    “Our challenge is growth,” Director of Schools Toni McGriff said.

    That was reflected in the Tennessee Department of Education’s latest state report card.

    According to the data, Roane County had exemplary or above average grades in math, reading/language, social studies and science in the report card’s achievement category.