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  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Desert love story is one for the romantics

    With Valentine’s Day coming up, I thought I’d take my column in a different direction this week.
    Thanks for sharing, Donna.
    Dirt, grit, sweat, heat — and showers in short supply. That was the recipe for lasting romance for one Roane County couple.
    It was August 1978 and still in the early days of Roane State Community College and its annual Southwestern field trip.

  • Gallaher Road fire erupts

    The old Rogers Southeastern Lubricants building on Gallaher Road in Kingston caught fire Wednesday night. Flames could be seen from Interstate 40. Kingston Fire Department Chief Willie Gordon said the cause of the fire was still unknown Thursday morning.  
    “The renter had stated that they had some electrical problems that they reported to the owner of the building,” he said.    
    The blaze was reported to E-911 dispatch around 8:20 p.m. Multiple crews responded.  

  • High heating bills add to winter's chill

    Unusually cold weather continues to swell customers heating bills this winter.

    While it seems February is turning milder, people are just getting the heating costs for January, which continued the December trend of biting cold winds and below-average lows.

    “Generally, we saw many bills that came out in January for December usage double the amount for the same period last year or for the month preceding. That was to be expected based on the unusually cold weather in December,” said Harriman Utility Board manager Chuck Flora.

  • Rockwood considers take-home vehicle policy

    Rockwood officials are considering whether to amend the city’s take-home police vehicle policy for some out-of-county officers.

    After much debate, a committee was formed to bring back a recommendation.

    “The city has a policy that allows employees in an emergency position to drive their vehicles home if they live inside the 5th Civil District,” Mayor James Watts said at a recent meeting.

    The change is being considered because of a K-9 officer living in Morgan County.

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  • Kingston considers wakeboard competition for July 4 celebration

    The Fourth of July will look a little different in Kingston this summer.
    City parks and recreation director Rick Ross, speaking at a city council workshop last week, outlined the plans for the next July 4.
    “Most people want to know, will there be boat races,” he said.
    “Not in the traditional sense, no,” Ross said.
    Instead, he said, the city is looking to bring wakeboarding competition to the lakefront for the popular summer holiday.
    Ross said the relationship between the city and the boat race organizer had soured.

  • Rockwood sewer woes land city in trouble with the state

    Rockwood’s wastewater treatment plant was cited last month for discharges and for failing to turn in paperwork in a timely manner.
    Officials knew a citation was in the making and said they have taken steps in recent months to begin projects at the plant and in the system to come into compliance.
    Engineers will be bringing recommendations back to address the problems to the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board, according to Mayor James Watts.

  • Rockwood airport fool’s gold?

    Not everyone on Rockwood City Council has the same vision for the Rockwood Municipal Airport.
    Its staunchest supporter, Councilwoman Peggy Evans, believes if the city can come up with a $75,000 match for $750,000, that the airport could have T-hangers and other buildings to rent and could be a hub for a business distribution center such as Fed-Ex, creating revenue and job opportunities.

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