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  • Rockwood Rotary has a way with words

  • Gone, but not forgotten
  • 9/11 a decade later: What if your father worked at the Pentagon?

    It was a sunny Tuesday morning, and seventh-graders in Kathy Allen’s first-period science class at Rockwood Middle School were studying the digestive system.

    The normalcy ended abruptly for students and teacher with a phone call early into the class period.

    The date: Sept. 11, 2001.

    One student quickly picked up on cues from the teacher that something was amiss.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: 9/11 was, still is, a very local story

    The phone rang a little after 6 a.m. Arizona time, jangling my nerves on a sleepy September morning.

    I lifted the receiver and croaked, “Hello.”

    “Turn on your TV,” came my mother’s voice from more than a thousand miles away. There was an urgency I didn’t question — I just rose, plodded into the living room and clicked on the television. I knew whatever I was about to see wasn’t going to be good.

  • 9/11 memorial at Kingston Fossil Plant won't be finished for 10th anniversary

    The 9/11 memorial in the works at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will not be finished by Sunday’s 10th anniversary.

    The memorial will include steel from the World Trade Center.

    “They’re still trying to construct the base for the steel,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “They are going to take their time and make sure it’s done right rather than try to rush and put something up.”

    TVA took delivery of the steel during a ceremony at the plant on Aug. 12.  

  • Local pilot scrambles to get home after 9/11

    On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, veteran pilot David Stevenson and another local pilot, Henry Piper, had plans.

    “To go flying,” Stevenson, a Roane County resident, recalled. “To no place in particular.”

    They took off, but had to make one necessary stop.

    “We flew first to Rockwood for fuel, but finding the office closed we opted to fly to Dayton,” Stevenson said.

  • Goss watched as NYC firefighters rescued, died

    Harriman Fire Department’s stations were somber places on Sept. 11, 2001.

    When firefighters weren’t on calls, they were at the fire hall watching horrific live television images that included firefighters like themselves.

    “All day long, other than answering calls, it was like operations at the fire hall just ceased,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said. “Everyone was glued to the TV to see if anything else happened.”

  • 911 shock created homeland security priorities

    Howie Rose, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services, was off duty when the first plane hit the World Trade Center that fateful day 10 years ago.

    At the time, Rose was working full time at the ambulance service in Roane County, training for the position he’s now been at since 2002.

    “I had got off work that morning and come home,” Rose recalled. “I don’t  remember what I was doing, but I remember the TV was on and Tom Brokaw broke in ... and said a plane had hit the building.”

  • ‘Lame’ excuse ends with men charged

    A Roane County deputy didn’t buy the story two burglary suspects gave about scrapping a friend’s vehicles.
    Timothy Michael Chesser and Jaret Shonn Axell, both of Harriman, were charged with two counts of theft over $1,000 but less than $10,000 and burglary in the Aug. 27 incident.

    Chesser was also charged with public intoxication

    Bill Alexander, the owner of the stolen property, praised the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Harriman Police Department during the Harriman City Council on Tuesday.

  • Hard to know on Roane credit changes

    Standard & Poor’s upgraded Roane County’s credit rating from A+ to AA– last year.

    Could a downgrade be in store after the agency lowered the U.S. credit rating?

    “It’s possible, because the federal decreased, and they may just lump everybody together,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “However, they really rate you when you have a new issue, and we’re not anticipating anything.”

    Citing political gridlock in Congress, S&P downgraged the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+ last month.