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  • Rockwood may redo water board

    Could Rockwood leaders appoint a new Water, Natural Gas and Sewer Board merely months after disbanding one?

    That’s among the hot-button topics on the Rockwood City Council agenda today.

    Also up for discussion is the evaluation of applications to fill the general manager’s position for the three city-operated utilities.

  • Meth lab cleanup could be going up

    The cost to clean up meth labs could fall on local governments.

    “There’s no more grant money,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said last week.

    Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Meth Task Force, said the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration had been providing state and local law enforcement agencies with the funding to clean up methamphetamine labs.

    Farmer said that money has now gone away.  

  • Veterans, mayor, judge among most recent Treasures honorees

    The newest group of Roane Treasures were honored during the county’s Founders Day Celebration last Tuesday.

    The group includes Clyde Collins, C.H. Smith, Albert Armour, Joe Woody and Sanny Bowman.

    The late Glenn Hollis Kindred was honored posthumously as the Golden Treasure.  

    “We celebrate today what they’ve given us,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Woody’s predecessor, Mike Farmer, started Founders Day in 2007.

  • Several arrested on meth charges

    From staff reports

    An East Roane County woman is accused of running afoul of state TennCare laws.

    Amber Dee Feezell of 204 Cherry Lane B was arrested last Wednesday. Feezell, 28, is charged with TennCare fraud, identity theft and obtaining drugs by fraud.

    She’s scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 28.

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    Authorities discovered a meth lab at 1539 Mountain View Road outside of Rockwood last Tuesday.

  • Woody: EMS overtime stems from scheduling

    Commissioners had questions at the Feb. 14 meeting about the amount of money that’s being spent on overtime in the Roane County ambulance department.      

    “We have some overtime issues, but bear in mind part of our overtime is scheduled overtime for our employees when we hire them,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody explained.

    From July 1 to Feb. 10, $316,171.66 was spent on overtime pay.

  • Źumba: Exercise craze is a big hit locally

    One of the hottest exercise crazes has found Kingston.
    A large group  of women of all fitness levels and ages crowd onto the dance floor for Zumba at South Eastern Clogging Co.
    It’s one of the fitness facility’s most popular offerings.
    “We started in October. Since October we’ve averaged around 170 (participants) a week in just Zumba. Sometimes we’ve had weeks where we have over 200 come through,” said instructor Paulette Ray.

  • Harriman board weighs conditions for blight in downtown properties

    Figuring out what should qualify as blight in a community is a key part of the cleanup effort in a redevelopment district, but it can be tricky business.
    Making that determination comes before letters can be sent to property owners citing them for unkempt conditions and giving them a deadline to clean it up.
    Harriman’s Redevelopment Advisory Board spent an entire meeting recently deciding just what conditions qualified as blight.

  • Taking a walk
  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Bringing up birdie ... a retrospective

    You’ve heard them — the birds are out in force again.

    In a few weeks, major spring migrations will be under way, and the birds that stay put will be courting and breeding.

    If you’ve followed this column much, you’ll know I love wild birds, but I’ve never aspired to have one in captivity. I have raised two birds — always with the goal of setting them free. The first was a nestling I found when I delivered newspapers in what seems like a lifetime ago.

    The more recent one was Arrow.

  • Time to pay your property taxes

    Monday is the deadline to pay 2010 property taxes.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said people who pay after the deadline will be assessed a penalty of 1.5 percent.

    That amount increases by 1.5 percent each month the taxes are late.

    The Roane County Trustee’s Office is on the first floor of the courthouse in Kingston.

    Eblen said the office will be open on Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.