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  • Red Cross in need of volunteers

    The Knoxville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers in Roane County to respond to the needs of people who have been the victims of a house fire.

    “It is essential, because if we don’t have them then our services are delayed and people go without,” said Mary Beth Birge, director of disaster services for the Knoxville chapter. “These volunteers are everything to the victim.”

    Birge said the Red Cross responded to almost two dozen fires in Roane County during the organization’s last fiscal year.

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  • Design may be flooding cause

    A shoddy design may have caused the flooding that occurred at Roane County’s new emergency management center earlier this year.

    In a letter to County Executive Ron Woody, Purchasing Agent Lynn Farnham said she contracted with McGill Associates, a Knoxville-based engineering firm, to determine the cause of the flooding.

  • Audit: Gas officials took trips on public funds

    A Tennessee Comptroller’s Office investigative audit has revealed that two gas utility districts that serve portions of Roane County are among five in East Tennessee that used public funds to pay for vendor-offered expensive trips for their employees, spouses and other guests.

  • New line to boost power in Kingston

    From staff reports

    TVA is building 1.2 miles of new transmission line to provide power to Rockwood Electric Utility’s Kingston substation.

    TVA said the substation is being upgraded from 69 kilovolts to 161 kilovolts.

    The upgrade is essential, according to TVA officials, because of age and condition issues at the substation.

  • FIGHTNIGHT!

    Seeing someone in a rear-naked choke doesn’t make Shanna Moore squeamish.
    “I like watching people get their butt kicked,” she said.
    Moore was in the right place on Oct. 16, attending an amateur mixed martial arts event in Harriman with her friend Emma Hillier.
    Young, old. Male, female. Devoted fans and first timers. The event attracted a diverse crowd.

  • Sentence is cut for man found guilty of murder

    A state appeals court has decreased the sentence of a man convicted of murder in Roane County by five years.
    David Cosgriff, 68, was accused of killing Kathleen Taylor. The 76-year-old Harriman woman’s remains were discovered in a rural area of the county in December 2003.
    Cosgriff was tried in July 2009 and found guilty of second-degree murder and theft over $1,000.
    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen found that Taylor was particularly vulnerable due to her age and enhanced the second-degree murder sentence from 15 to 20 years.

  • Rockwood to stay with certified tax rate

    Now is not the time.
    That was how several Rockwood City Council members felt about the possibility of going above the new certified tax rate of 75 cents per $100 valuation.
    Rockwood City Council voted in favor of going with the new certified rate at an emergency meeting called Tuesday, Oct. 19. Councilman Harold Ishman was the only dissenting vote. Councilman Bill Thompson was not present.

  • October Sky extras reunion big success

    It isn’t often Oliver Springs residents get to share in something as big as the making of a feature film, but that is what happened when the community was selected as one of the shooting locations for the 1999 feature film October Sky.
    Many community members are so proud of their connection to the movie, based on memoirs of another small coal mining town’s famous son, Homer Hickam, a retired NASA engineer, that the community started the October Sky Fall Festival.

  • Governor’s race may be a boost to election turnout

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    dlawrence@roanecounty.com
    About 12,300 Roane Countians voted in the August election. Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said he’s hoping for a bigger turnout for the Nov. 2 election.
    “I think the governor’s race always fascinates people,” Holiway said. “They’re very interested in who’s going to lead the state.”
    Republican Bill Haslam and Democrat Mike McWherter are vying to become the state’s next governor. Fourteen Independent candidates are also on the ballot.