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  • Luxury ‘on the hill’? Office furnishings ‘unfair assessment,’ Berry says

    What some call extravagant digs “up on the hill” at the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas warehouse on Church Street has continued to be a topic long after the resignation of former general manager Rod King.

    Office space inside the warehouse has been improved in recent years with manpower from the utility staff. Those improvements do include the often-talked-about two flat-screen televisions and faux leather couches.

  • High-speed chase ends in Rockwood

    Two people were arrested March 6 after a high-speed chase ended with a crash in Rockwood.

    Nancy A. Lawson of 2541 Linden Ave., Knoxville, and Jason Ray Hackler of 141 East William Circle, Rockwood, were clocked driving 58 mph in a 40-mph zone in a stolen 2007 Chevrolet HHR.

    When attempts were made to stop the vehicle, the arrest report indicates that Hackler switched into the driving position heading south on Hwy. 27 into Rhea County and accelerated to “excess” speeds of 110 mph.

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  • McGriff given one-year contract extension

    A lot of time in prayer, sleepless nights and friends pulling her both ways.

    Roane County Board of Education member Marjorie Earick said those were some of the things she endured when pondering what to do about Director of Schools of Toni McGriff’s contract.

    “I finally had to come to the point to, Marjorie, what do you think is right?” she said. “What’s right for this county is for me to vote for Dr. McGriff for another year.”

  • GAS PAINS: Price at pump is binding budgets

    With gas prices skyrocketing at more than $3 in the last weeks, people on the private and public sectors are feeling the pinch.

    Roane County residents who commute or who travel for their work are especially noticing.

    “I drive the most fuel efficient car we have,” said Roane County resident Sarah McCoin. “I can’t afford to go to my job in Knoxville with a gas guzzler.”

    “I feel sorry for so many employees,” she added.

  • Manson killer remains behind bars

    Manson Family killer Bruce Davis waived his parole hearing earlier this year and remains behind bars in a California prison.

    Davis, 68, graduated from Roane County High School in 1961.

    He hooked up with Charles Manson after making his way to California.

    Manson and his followers went on a violent killing spree in California in 1969.

    Davis' attorney Michael Beckman argues that his client's role in the Manson Family was small.

  • Blaze strikes two-story home in Rockwood

    A Rockwood two-story house was heavily damaged in a fire early Monday morning.

    Rockwood firefighters responded to the structure at 121 N. Douglas Ave. around 2 a.m. Monday.

    Nobody lived in the house, but a couple and their children were preparing to move in.

    “Heavy smoke and fire showed pretty much all over the building (when the first engine arrived),” Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz said.

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  • HUB warehouse may cost $17.5 million

    Harriman Utility Board’s dream warehouse facility could be a costly one.

    Among the features would be  an outdoor classroom area and public walking trail along Hannah Creek and a fitness center.

    The price, if the facility is built according to plan, would be around $17.5 million for the site improvements and facility on the 38-acre tract on farmland in north Harriman on Hwy. 27.

    Those estimates are conservative, according to officials with McGill Associates.