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  • Bill could give county officials more access to Tiger Haven

    A bill that would allow Roane County officials to accompany the state on inspections of Tiger Haven is advancing through the Tennessee General Assembly.

    It passed the Senate 32-0 on Monday. The House has yet to vote on the bill.

    Tiger Haven is a sanctuary for big cats in East Roane County. Several species are housed at the facility, including lions, tigers, cougars and leopards.

  • Two graduate from police academy in Blount County

    Two local recruits graduated from the Blount County Sheriff's Office Basic Law Enforcement Academy on March 18.
    Lawrence Russell (Kingston Police Department) and Vianney Del Toro (Roane County Sheriff's Office) underwent 445 hours of law enforcement training during the 11-week course.
    “We're just excited about him getting done and getting his law enforcement certification,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said, of Del Toro.
    Russell worked his way up through the ranks with the Kingston Police Department.

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  • Oak Ridge Energy Corridor celebrates milestones

    With three major energy initiatives well underway, and more on the horizon, the Oak Ridge Energy Corridor has a lot to celebrate just one year after launching its first initiative. This week, area business leaders and strategic partners joined together to commemorate this milestone anniversary of the energy corridor while taking a look at the past two years since the concept originated, but more importantly, focusing on what lies ahead.

  • Hurley gets huffy over THP ticket

    State Trooper Teresa Brown got an earful from freshman state Rep. Julia Hurley when she stopped her for speeding on Jan. 22.

    Brown clocked Hurley driving 77 miles per hour in a 50 mph zone on Hwy. 27 between Harriman and Rockwood.

    “I didn’t do 77 miles an hour,” Hurley claimed.

    “Yes, ma’am, you were,” Brown responded.

    “Can you show me your radar?,” Hurley asked.

    “I can, but I don’t have to,” Brown responded.

  • Hiked-up ambulance fees still a possibility

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is still for raising the ambulance service rates — even with hopes that outsourcing billing will bring in more revenue to the cash-strapped department.

    Woody said that compared to other surrounding agencies the county’s service is charging substantially lower.

    “The commission had the opportunity last month to adjust the rates to be more in line with our neighbors,” Woody said at last week’s budget committee meeting.

  • County gets trial run on TVA campground

    Roane County will get to manage TVA’s Riley Creek Campground on a trial basis.

    The Roane County Commission approved  a license agreement for Roane County to operate the recreation area with the condition that it only be for a year.

    The full commission approved the agreement last week.

    TVA is requesting the county open the campground, said Roane County Executive Ron Woody at the March 10 meeting.

  • Youth group does own extreme makeover project

    This week, a special facility for youth in need is getting a makeover fit for a reality television show.

    In fact, Potters House Fellowship youth and adult volunteers had T-shirts tauting their work with Mission Team Oakdale and Extreme Makeover Children’s Home Edition logos.

    The youth group joined forces with other churches and community organizations from Roane and Morgan counties to make some much-needed improvements at the Tennessee Baptist Children’s Home in Oakdale, which is run by Robert and Abby Rogers.

  • McMillan helps 400 as top blood donor

    Rockwood resident Brance McMillian, 76, recently donated his 96th pint of blood to Medic Regional Blood Center in Knoxville.
    Since joining Medic in 1963, McMillian’s donations have equaled over 12 gallons.
    McMillian was awarded a plaque recently recognizing his gracious donations and a T-shirt that reads “Super Donor.” Also noted on his plaque was the number of people — nearly 400 — who his contributions have helped.
    “I was surprised,” he said.