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  • Haslam taps Jim Henry for new state post

    Governor-elect Bill Haslam has appointed Kingston resident Jim Henry the first commissioner of the newly formed Tennessee Department of Intellectual Disabilities.

    The agency was formerly a division of the Department of Finance and Administration before the Tennessee General Assembly made it a state department, and it will become official Jan. 5.

  • GET PACKING: Shipping still busy after Dec. 25

    You name it, chances are The UPS Store in Pinnacle Pointe has shipped it this holiday season.  

    “Clothing, electronics, toys, candy, cookies, a little bit of everything,” owner Claudette Coulombe said. “Anything you would expect to get for Christmas, we’re shipping it. Lots of toys.”

    The store has been swamped leading up to Christmas. Coulombe said Monday was so busy they could hardly find time to take a break.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Blue Christmas ... or Bluegrass Christmas

    The heartwrenching songs of Christmas used to really tug at my heart.

    You know — the ones with lyrics like, “I’ll be home for Christmas ... if only in my dreams” or “I’ll have a blue Christmas without you.”

    That’s because I lived those songs for many years. I’ve lost count of the number of Christmases I could not get “home” to my relatives because of my work situation and my distance away from the rest of my family.

  • County audit comes with tips for change

    There was no findings on the state’s latest audit of Roane County.
    However, the state’s Division of County Audit did make a suggestion.
    “Roane County does not have an audit committee,” the state wrote. “Sound business practices dictate that establishing an audit committee would significantly improve management oversight and accountability. The absence of an audit committee has been a management decision by the county commission.”

  • Library has grand plans

     

  • It's official: Rockwood water to cost more

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a 15-percent water rate increase during a Monday morning meeting.

    Effective Feb. 1, it will generate an additional $22,500 a month in water and $19,500 per month in sewer funds.

    Sewer rates are still 150 percent of the water bill — so that side of things will increase, too.

    Officials say the hike amounts to a minimum bill increasing from $21.33 to $24.53.

  • It's official: Rockwood water to cost more

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a 15-percent water rate increase during a Monday morning meeting.

    Effective Feb. 1, it will generate an additional $22,500 a month in water and $19,500 per month in sewer funds.

    Sewer rates are still 150 percent of the water bill — so that side of things will increase, too.

    Officials say the hike amounts to a minimum bill increasing from $21.33 to $24.53.

  • State shuts down TVA gypsum pond

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation was not taking chances when the agency ordered TVA to stop using the gypsum pond at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The order was issued Dec. 17, just two days after a leak was discovered in the pond.

    “Our primary concern is that the structure is safe,” TDEC communications director Tisha Calabrese-Benton said. “That is the department’s focus as we move forward in investigating this leak, and that is the standard the department will insist on.”

  • Strummers strike a note with Walmart shoppers

    While scrambling for that last-minute Christmas present and navigating the steadily growing crowds at Walmart Supercenter in Rockwood, shoppers may have encountered two guitar-bearing high schoolers.

    For the past two months, Derek “Boomer” Gurney and Gabe Wasdin, both juniors at Roane County High School, have ambled up and down Walmart’s aisles, playing their guitars and chatting up customers.

    “A lot of people actually think we work for Walmart; that we’re hired entertainers, which we’re not” Gurney said.

  • State shuts down TVA gypsum pond