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  • ‘God’ motto forum fodder

    Candidates running for District 1 County Commission and Board of Education got a chance to discuss their platforms and other issues during a forum on Thursday.

    The forum was hosted by Rockwood 2000 at city hall.

    Ron Berry, Barry Cofer, Roberta Dennis, Benny East, Wade McCullough, Darryl Meadows, William Bud Strader and Billy Wright are vying for District 1’s three commission seats.

    East and Strader didn’t participate in the forum.

  • New wheels now on patrol in Rockwood
  • Harriman pondering false-alarm policy

    Harriman may be joining Rockwood in establishing a policy for excessive false alarms at area businesses.

    “We have had a lot of trouble with false alarms going off,” said Assistant Fire Chief Brad Daniels.

    It’s not uncommon for the Harriman Fire Department to respond to a call at 2 or 3 a.m. — and the alarm is again going off even before firefighters return to the firehall, Daniels said.

    “They don’t do anything with the alarm,” he added. “They don’t get anyone to work on them.”

  • Chamber forum preceding the start of early voting

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce welcomes the public to attend a candidate forum on July 15 in Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre at 276 Patton Lane in Roane County.

    The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

    Designed to give each candidate the opportunity to express his view of how government should relate to the local business community, the forum will consist of question-and-answer sessions grouped by city and office.

  • Cobb: Cutting red tape ­— that is my specialty

    Former state representative Jim Cobb wants to turn the tables on adversary Ron Travis, who ousted Cobb from his seat in 2012.

    The pair, who faced off in that race two years ago, are again up for a rematch in the Republican primary for Tennessee House of Representatives for the 31st District, which includes part of Rockwood and West Roane County.

  • Travis: I know Tennessee is on the right path

    Ron Travis is eager for a second term to prove he deserved to replace Jim Cobb.

    The two Republicans vied for the District 31 Tennessee State Representative spot in 2012, with Travis narrowly beating Cobb.

    “I know Tennessee is on the right path,” Travis said. “I think we got a good team in Nashville right now. I think you’re going to see Tennessee grow and prosper for my children and my grandchildren.

    “That is what matters for me, what I can leave for my grandchildren.”

  • Jobless rate up, but low

    Roane County’s unemployment rate spiked slightly in May but still remains lower than it was a year ago, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Eighty-eight of Tennessee’s 95 counties saw an increase over the month, while the rate decreased in five counties and remained unchanged in two counties.

    Roane County’s May jobless rate was 6.3 percent, an increase of 0.4 percent.

    The county had an unemployment rate of 8.0 in May 2013.

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  • Harriman’s Charles tops at MMC

    Angela Charles, registered diagnostic medical sonographer in the Radiology Department at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge, has been named the MMCer of the Month for June.

    Charles is responsible for performing diagnostic ultrasound examinations to identify and record anatomical and pathological information and images.

    She has been with Methodist Medical Center and the Radiology Department since 1991.

    Charles is described by Glenn Dye, supervisor in radiology, as “reliable, hardworking and always ready to go the extra mile.”

  • Smoot case back to square one

    Accused murderer Shawn Smoot is now on his fourth attorney in two years.

    Tom Slaughter was allowed to withdraw on Wednesday due to a conflict.

    “He said it was not of a nature that he could disclose to us,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “We left chambers. He went in and spoke to the judge, and the judge determined it was indeed a conflict.”