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  • Bottle bubbles at Rockwood meth lab site

    A Rockwood man was arrested Thursday morning when authorities learned about a fully operational methamphetamine lab in a rented home near the Rockwood Community Center.
    David Lynn Trentham, 34, son of the person renting the home at 308 Davis St., was taken into custody at the scene.
    “We got information for the last couple weeks of a strong smell coming from the residence,” said Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett.

  • House may be white no more

    Roane County’s white house could have a new look under Ron Woody’s administration.
    “I would love for somebody to donate us another color paint, so we can at least try to match the brick on the jail,” he said.
    Woody takes over as Roane County executive on Sept. 1. He defeated incumbent Mike Farmer in the August election.
    The white house serves as an office for codes enforcement and zoning. It is adjacent to the new jail on Third Street in Kingston.

  • Harriman police opens anonymous tip line

    The Harriman Police Department now has a number for callers that want to share a tip anonymously.
    The anonymous tip hotline is 590-9010. To make sure your number isn’t given, callers can also dial Star-67 before calling the tip line.
    “Sometimes people don’t want to give information if there name is going to be listed. This is a way they can give information anonymously. We won’t even have the number to call  back,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

  • Forrester aims to bring more youthful ideas to commission

    Ask Nick Forrester why he decided to run for Roane County commissioner and he doesn’t hesitate to answer.
    “To try to make Roane County a better place to live,” he said.
    Forrester is not sure why more people his age aren’t seeking office to try and do the same thing.
    “Your guess is as good as mine,” he said.
    At 25, Forrester will be the youngest member of the county commission. He was also the youngest person to even seek a commission seat in the August election.

  • SLAMMED

    “It was a nightmare.”
    That’s what witness Tiffany Coy — the only stylist who was not injured in a Kingston beauty shop that was rammed by a van Tuesday — said about the accident.
    But she also said things could have been much worse.
    Coy was in a back room of Classic Styles on Race Street when Tuesday’s horrific accident happened.
    Ten people were injured — six of them to the extent they had to be transported out by medical helicopters.
    Two days after the accident, Coy was still sorting things out.

  • County employee raises? Hard to say just yet

    Roane County employees may have to wait until the fall to find out if they will get a raise.
    In June, the budget committee instructed budget director Alva Moore to prepare figures in case they decided to add a 1-percent raise for employees to the proposed 2010-11 fiscal budget.
    Moore said a 1-percent raise would cost taxpayers about $103,000.
    The budget still hasn’t been adopted, and the current budget committee terms expire on Aug. 31.

  • Republican Party holding grand opening

    The Roane County Republican Party is holding a grand opening on Sept. 11 of its new headquarters.
    The building is at 901 E. Race St. in Kingston, just a couple of buildings west of the Shell station on Morrison Hill.

  • Feds find no problem with soil dredged from Clinch River

    Nothing to worry about. That was the U.S. Department of Energy’s conclusion about Clinch River soil in a local resident’s yard.
    “It was really what we expected,” DOE spokesman Mike Koentop said of the government’s findings.
    Scott Boyes wanted the soil removed from the front yard at his Walton Road home because it came from the Clinch River.
    Koentop said the river has DOE contaminants from legacy operations years and years ago.
    When contacted by Boyes, DOE officials agreed to go to his home and take samples of the soil.

  • Coal ash regulation meeting at Roane State

    While seven hearings have been scheduled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to consider a classification for coal ash, not one was scheduled in Tennessee, the site of the TVA coal ash disaster in 2008.
    A coalition of environmental justice organizations — forming the Citizens’ Coal Ash Hearing Committee — will host a people’s hearing to help ensure that the voices of those who have been impacted have a chance to testify.
    The people’s hearing will take place at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 2 at the Roane State Community College.

  • Roane County Commissioners approve go-cart track regulations

    One of the final acts by the current Roane County Commission was passing a resolution to regulate go-cart tracks.
    The resolution was approved at the August meeting.
    “I would hate to leave this conversation to the next commission, so let’s vote for this,” Commissioner David Olsen said. “They don’t have to deal with it and if there is problems with this resolution, they will have to deal with it. Let’s be done with it and not pass this on to the next guys.”