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  • Rockwood council, water board meeting on new days

    Those with an issue to take before Rockwood City Council or the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board during this month’s meeting will need to wait a little longer.

    The meeting dates and times have been shuffled around for both governmental bodies, with the permanent changes approved by ordinance in September and becoming effective in October.

  • Keeper sustains tiger scratch

    A keeper at Tiger Haven was injured by one of the big cats on Friday.

    Roane County E-911 received a call at 10:21 a.m. about a tiger biting a woman on the leg.

    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency concluded it was a scratch, not a bite.

    Agency spokesman Don King said he was briefed on the incident by TWRA captive wildlife coordinator Walter Cook.

    According to King, the keeper was feeding the tiger. She turned around, and the big cat swiped her on the back of the leg, King said.

  • Rockwood getting creative with Halloween celebration

    Ghosts, goblins, princesses and pirates are taking over Rockwood once again for the annual Halloween street party.

    The downtown will be eerily spooky come Oct. 30.

    “We going to have some entertaining decorations,” promised coordinator Susanne Fischer. “We’re going to try to create some ambience.”

  • Cities' tax rates told

    The Roane County Commission adopted a certified tax rate last week.

    Now, it’s the cities’ turn.

    The state has calculated certified tax rates for Harriman, Kingston and Rockwood in the wrap-up of a countywide property reappraisal year fraught with opposition and appeals in light of what many landowners believe are overinflated numbers.

    Harriman’s certified tax rate is $1.19, and Kingston’s is $1.08.

    The certified tax rate for Rockwood is 75 cents.

  • Kingston parks get boost from grant

    By TERRI LIKENS
    tlikens@roanecounty.com
    The fun factor is about to shoot up in Kingston.
    Thanks to the efforts of the city’s parks and recreation department, the city got a grant to install brand-new playground equipment at Southwest Point near the track and soccer field, and upgrade equipment around the lake at City Park.
    Rick Ross, the city’s parks and recreation director, jumped at a chance to apply for a state grant for the work, including revamping restrooms at the Southwest Point location.

  • Film fest’s aim to lift veil

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    The cultures of places like Palestine and Iran is much more than the images that are so often in the media today.
    Hoping to dismiss many of the stereotypes out there is what inspired Roane State Community College biology teacher Saeed Rahmanian, formerly from Iran, to apply for an Access for Diversity grant through the Tennessee Board of Regents.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Neighbors help smooth the way

    Back before the weather finally backed down from the brow-mopping range, I popped in to visit one of my favorite couples in the neighborhood.
    June answered the door.  
    “Come on downstairs,” she said. “We’re in the basement.”
    I followed her appreciatively, knowing it would be cooler there.
    June and Marion Dinkins have a bright, cheery basement — the kind of place you might actually enjoy doing household chores.

  • Berry's request to revisit budget ignored

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry had three pages of questions about the county’s 2010-11 budget he wanted to get answers to Tuesday night.
    He never got a chance to ask them —  his motion to reconsider the budget failed 8-7.
    Afterward, the commission voted 13-2 to accept the certified tax rate of $2.19, adding the last element missing from the budget process.
    Commissioners Berry and Benny East voted no. 2010 was a reappraisal year for Roane County.

  • Addled driver plows into schoolyard

    Another situation involving a health-impaired  driver in Kingston narrowly avoided becoming a disaster.
    A 78-year-old Knoxville man drove his car through a fence at Kingston Elementary School on Tuesday while students were outside playing.
    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff said no students were hurt.
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said he viewed video of the incident.
    “The driver came through the fence, kind of did a doughnut if you would say, and was headed back out when he came to a stop,” Washam said.  

  • Cafe slammed when car goes out of control

    A parked van slammed into the side of a Kingston cafe after it was struck by another vehicle Monday afternoon.
    Kingston Police Officer Jerry Singleton said 85-year-old Merle Josephine Jones was driving on West Race Street when she ran off the roadway and struck a sign at the Ridenour and Ridenour law office. The car continued, striking the van at nearby Blue Moon Cafe before finally coming to rest at a guardrail.
    Blue Moon owner Charli Michaels said the van belonged to Joy Humphrey, a woman she works with.