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  • Friendships forged in the big fight for freedom

    They were boys when they met — boys who had to grow quickly into men, encountering danger in the sweltering, swampy jungles of Vietnam.

    They were a recon team who slipped quietly through the murky landscape, spying on the enemy, fighting when it came to it, and taking prisoners in the Central Highlands of Vietnam.

    “You made decisions most 19-, 20-, 22-year old boys don’t have to make,” said Bill Milburn, who was platoon sergeant.

    Milburn said at 22, he was the oldest guy there while he served.

  • GI Associates working with Veterans Affairs

    Gastrointestinal Associates is now working with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer gastroenterology procedures – including colonoscopy screenings – to East Tennessee veterans.

    This new relationship means that when the Mountain Home VA Medical Center has developed a backlog of endoscopic procedures, Gastrointestinal Associates will provide endoscopic services to ensure that veterans are served in a safe, effective and timely manner.

  • Look Before You Lock — it may save a child’s life

    The Tennessee Department of Human Services is reminding licensed child care providers across the state that are approved to transport children of the licensing rules and preventative measures to keep children safe when transporting them during summer months.

    In doing so, DHS licensing staff will be making extra visits to monitor child care agencies.

    DHS is also encouraging parents and caregivers to “Look Before You Lock” car doors upon exit so that children are not left in the sweltering heat of a locked vehicle.

  • Happy 4th of July

    Kingston celebrated the nation’s 238th birthday in its usual way — loud, boisterously, festively and ending with its annual Smokin’ the Water fireworks extravaganza. It took two days for the town to pack in all its celebrating, including boat races on Watts Bar Lake, a parade, musical performances and contests along the waterfront. See Wednesday’s issue of the Roane County News and online at roanecounty.com for a more in-depth look at the holiday festivities.

  • County gets credit-rating boost

    Standard & Poor’s has slightly upgraded Roane County’s bond rating from AA- to AA.

    “We view the county’s management conditions as strong, with good financial practices,” the ratings service said.

    The bond ratings are sort of a credit rating for governments. An AA rating means the county has a “very strong capacity to meet financial commitments,” according to the agency.

  • July 8 voter registration deadline

    Tuesday is the last day to register to vote for the Aug. 7 election. Contested races include sheriff, county executive, circuit court clerk and 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said people can register at the election commission office until 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The office is on the first floor of the courthouse in Kingston.

    “We’ve had sort of an increase here at the end of people trying to get registered,” Holiway said.

  • Rockwood city councilman dies

    Rockwood City Councilman William Pete Wright, 80, died Tuesday after struggling with health issues.

    Wright, who had missed some recent Rockwood City Council meetings for medical tests, had fallen at one point because of a dizzy spell.

    “He had some medical problems, and really we were concerned about it,” said Mayor James Watts.

    Wright had seemed to be improving, but Watts said his heart problems proved to be too much.

  • Retired educator dies in wreck

    A retired Roane County educator known for her love of music was killed in a car wreck Tuesday afternoon.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Margie Wadlington, 83, was a passenger in a 2011 Buick driven by her husband, George Wadlington.

    He was attempting to make a turn onto Smalley Lane from Hwy. 58.

    A 2005 Audi driven by Zuniga Rafael Gonzalez struck the Buick broadside, causing it to strike a 2001 Honda that was attempting to make a right turn onto Hwy. 58 from Smalley Lane.

  • Grilling accidents can be prevented

    As the weather becomes even warmer, many outdoor cooking enthusiasts will pull their grills from winter hibernation. Some will be sorry they did.

    While most people use their grills to prepare delicious food without incident, according to the Tennessee Fire Incident Reporting System, the state has averaged 30 fire incidents involving open-fired grills per year for the past five years.

  • Library fun