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  • Legal bills footed for Rockwood official

    Rockwood has approved paying the legal fees Vice Mayor Peggy Evans incurred when she retained an attorney to deal with ethics violations lodged against her by building inspector Jim Hines.
    City officials said a check totaling $1,960 was written to Evans on March 26.
    At the April 23 Rockwood City Council meeting, former Rockwood City Councilman Harold Ishman took issue with the payment of the fee — including that Evans voted to pay it to herself.
    He felt it was ethically inappropriate for Evans to vote on something that benefited her.

  • Hurley’s welfare drug-test bill gets legislative approval

    State Rep. Julia Hurley’s drug testing for welfare recipients bill passed the House on Tuesday by a 73-17 vote.
    The bill passed the Senate last month and will now head to the governor.
    The bill was controversial and sparked some heated debate on the House floor Tuesday.
    “Thanks for bringing this bill,” said state Rep. David Alexander, R-Winchester.
    “I applaud what you’re doing,” said state Rep. Rick Womick, R-Rockvale. “As an airline pilot, I get drug tested every time we turn around.”

  • OUR OPINION: Tenn. school handles Jesus costume well

    First Amendment Center
    A couple of unexpected things happened at Summit High School in Spring Hill, earlier this year.

    The first was that sophomore Jeff Shott showed up at the public high school to participate in “fictional character day” dressed as Jesus.

    The second was that he was not expelled.

  • Harriman club hits century mark

    Harriman Drama Club is 100 years old this year, and it’s got a rich history of women who enjoyed time together over a good story.

    The club members will be celebrating the milestone with a dinner at Adelaide’s in Kingston on Wednesday, May 2, at 1 p.m.

    “We’re going to wear hats, maybe period hats,” said Jo Hardin, celebration committee chairwoman.

    The luncheon will kick off with the women meeting on the porch with their hats for photographs.

  • Pipe ‘bomb’ report a bust

    Authorities responded to Roane Metals Group Tuesday morning to investigate a report of a possible pipe bomb.  

    “The device wasn’t an explosive device,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. “It was a piece of pipe, and it had a hole drilled in the end that resembled what a pipe bomb would be like.”

    Roane Metals is located at 284 Cardiff Valley Road in the Roane County Industrial Park. The Knox County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad responded to the scene.

  • Rockwood shopping center gets new lease on life

    What was once being looked at as a new home for a church is now being marketed and developed by a group of three couples, including Rockwood City Councilwoman Jane Long and her husband, Glen.

    Courts of Praise Church in Harriman, which is now meeting at the Princess Theatre until their new sanctuary can be completed, was originally looking at the complex that included the old Kroger shopping center.

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  • UPDATED w/second holdup: Bank of America in Kingston robbed

    Authorities say a man suspected of robbing the Bank of America in Kingston on Tuesday is also believed to have robbed a BB&T Bank in Loudon County less than an hour before. The BB&T robbery occurred at approximately 3:05 p.m. According to the FBI, the suspect handed the teller a note demanding money. He used the same tactic when he robbed the Bank of America on North Kentucky Street at approximately 3:47 p.m.

  • Mullins suing county, owes taxes

    If current funding levels remain the same, the winner of this year’s race for road superintendent will inherit a budget of close to $4 million.

    “I think the people deserve a road superintendent who could help watch after their money and make sure the money is spent the proper way,” candidate Brian Mullins said.

    Mullins insists that person is him, despite a paper trail that shows a bankruptcy and thousands of dollars in unpaid county taxes.