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  • 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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  • Changes sought in Plateau Park relationship

    Ron Woody said he’s not opposed to multi-county partnerships.

    “But I think it should be an equal distribution of the rewards,” he said. The way Woody sees it, the Plateau Partnership Park doesn’t provide for that.  

    “Everybody is using our money and theirs, but we’re getting very little benefit from it, as opposed to at least what Cumberland County is getting,” Woody said.

  • Kingston leads way on election changes

    By TERRI LIKENS
    & CINDY SIMPSON

    A movement that began in Kingston could lead to some election changes — and leave more money in city coffers.

    Kingston City Councilman Tim Neal has been pushing for a referendum to change the municipal election cycle in Kingston to coincide with state and national elections.

    “It was a no-brainer with the amount of money we spend on the elections every two years,” Neal said.

  • Suspect charged in armed robbery

    Kingston police arrested a juvenile for an armed robbery that occurred last month.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said the teen suspect is from Knoxville.

    “We charged him late Friday night,” Washam said.

    The robbery occurred on Jan. 15 at the Budget Inn on Gallaher Road.

    The suspect allegedly walked into the motel and put a gun to the clerk’s head.  
    Last week police put out a press release asking for the public’s help in solving the case.