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  • Masons make $50,000 contribution to community

    After selling Masonic Lodge No. 367 , members of the Paint Rock Free and Accepted Masons donated all of their assets, totaling approximately $50,000, to area churches, cemeteries, children’s hospitals and Midway High School.

    Due to the low membership of 27 members of the Paint Rock Masonic Lodge, which was chartered in 1868, and the costliness of upkeep, the lodge was sold to Brian Parks, who plans to convert the building into a grocery and grill, secretary Charlie “Gene” Walker said.

  • ‘Nutcracker’ audience urged to give to animals

    “There are days you come into work and you cry because you know you have to put animals down,” said Kayla Morton, Roane County Animal Shelter office manager and kennel assistant.

    “You know you have to make the decision of which animal gets to stay another day or which animal doesn’t get to make it ... and that’s the worst part about working here.”

    The Roane County Animal Shelter receives nearly 100 cats and dogs into the shelter each week with minimal space to accommodate them.

  • Kingston police help give holiday dinner to others

    Christmas is still weeks away, but the spirit of giving is already alive and well in Roane County.

    Hundreds of local families got the chance to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner thanks to that spirit, which was on display Tuesday at Kingston City Park.

    The Kingston Police Department teamed up with Hands of Mercy to hand out boxes of food to those in need.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said the recipients were able to choose either a ham or turkey and got all the fixings to feed a family of six to eight.

  • Nutcracker 2010: Holiday tradition all in the family for some performers

    A number of Roane County families ushered in the holiday season over the weekend by queuing in line for Black Friday sales and trimming the Christmas tree.

    Roane County’s Ochs family, however, has been in the holiday spirit for months. And they and others will see their hard work pay off Thursday, when “The Nutcracker” opens for its first show at Roane State Community College.

  • Surplus revenue earmarked for airport

    Rockwood Councilwoman Peggy Evans didn’t need a airplane to be floating on air last week.

    The fired-up councilwoman, who is on the airport steering committee, was elated after she received permission to allot the revenues gained by the surplus of several vehicles to a match for funds to make improvements at the Rockwood Municipal Airport.

    “I’m absolutely thrilled to death,” she said. “No matter what, it could really be a lot.”

  • Preliminary design for new school OK'd

    The Roane County Board of Education has approved the preliminary design for the new elementary school in the Oliver Springs area.

    The proposed K-4 school will be on Ollis Road.

    It is part of the school system’s $32 million TVA-funded building program.

    Architect Lanis Cope showed a presentation on the new school design at the board’s Nov. 18 meeting.

    He said the building will be all brick with sloped roofs.

  • Rockwood steps back on setback

    Members of Rockwood church congregations scored a victory last week when city leaders decided to reinstate the 100-foot distance requirement on the sale of beer from schools and churches.

    Rockwood City Council is requesting its beer board to amend the city’s ordinance on alcohol sales. Any suggested changes would need to come through the beer board to council, said Rockwood Mayor James Watts.

  • Kingston waterfowl getting healthier handouts

    Forget the bread. Ducks and geese on the Kingston waterfront are getting gourmet handouts these days, thanks to a series of new vending machines.

    The machines, installed about a month ago, can be found in high-traffic areas for both the birds and people: two are at City Park, two are at 58 Landing and one is behind Bethel Presbyterian Church.

    For 25 cents, the red-fronted machines will dispense a handful of nutritious pellets.

  • 90-year-old finds gold in SilverSneakers program

    “I feel good,” Dan Stewart, 90, said while waiting for his fitness class to start recently. “I don’t have any aches or pains or anything like that.”

    Nearly six months ago, the Harriman man could barely get around without the assistance of his walker after knee-replacement surgery, rendered him almost helpless, he said.

    That was then.

    Now, working out at Foust Family Fitness on any given Monday, Wednesday or Friday, he’s anything but immobile.

  • Cawood wins settlement in courthouse scuffle

    Attorney Chris Cawood won the criminal case that stemmed from his arrest at the Roane County Courthouse.

    Now he’s claiming victory in the civil case.    

    “I signed the settlement papers on our lawsuit (Monday),” he said.

    A jury trial in the case was scheduled for January. Cawood said he received a sum of money in the settlement, but declined to say how much.  

    “They’re not going to let me talk to you about it,” he said.