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  • County refinancing ‘balloon’ jail debt

    Roane County is planning to refinance some debt, and it’s turning to some familiar faces to get it done.

    “We are going with Cumberland Securities,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Cumberland Securities President and CEO Joe Ayres and Senior Vice President Scott Gibson worked with the county extensively under previous administrations. When Woody took office in 2010, however, he let it be known that he wasn’t a fan of some of the financial work they had done for Roane County.

  • Kingston Rotary raises awareness and money during annual breakfast

    Kingston Rotary Club filled a lot of empty bellies Saturday morning as they hosted their 37th pancake breakfast at Kingston Church of Christ.

    “We do this every year to raise funds for all our projects. It’s the only fundraiser we do,” Kingston Rotary Club President Joan Pharis said. “It’s a fun morning. People come out, we feed them, and they get to see what we do.”

    Since Saturday’s event is the club’s only fundraiser, Pharis says all the club’s 19 members work hard to make it successful.

  • TBI investigating shooting death at Rockwood Walmart

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is looking into a fatal shooting at the Rockwood Walmart parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

    Dispatch reports indicate a caller had said a man was suicidal and had been threatening suicide or suicide by cop.

    Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said Rockwood Police approached the suicidal man in his vehicle when officers saw him raise a gun.

    “The officer fired one shot … did not hit the subject,” said Stinnett.

    The victim then turned the gun on himself, Stinnett said.

  • Oak Ridge man jailed for police chase

    An Oak Ridge man remained in the Roane County Jail Friday on charges stemming from an alleged police chase.
    Carl Richard Matthews, 39, was arrested on Jan. 26. According to a warrant, Kingston police saw him pull in front of a truck at Race and Third streets.
    “The vehicle made a left at the intersection traveling north on Third Street,” the warrant said. “Officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on the vehicle.”
    The attempt was unsuccessful.

  • REU’s Moving Day nearing

    The finishing touches are being put on the new Rockwood Electric Utility building.
    Wintry weather, including cold light rains, have delayed the project slightly.
    “Weather is the biggest culprit. After all the dry weather this summer, when we got into the holidays and all the rain started coming back in late November, it slowed momentum,” said REU manager Kendall Bear.
    They should be in the building this month, a few weeks later than expected.

  • Grant of almost $3 million to help OS sewer system

    Oliver Springs will be able to make significant sewer system repairs thanks to a Rural Development grant of $2.99 million and loan of $4.47 million.
    The money will help the town to meet the system requirements of the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation and operate its water and sewer systems properly.

  • Officials want to hear from public on aquatic weeds

    The Roane County Commission and the Roane County Environmental Review Board will meet in a joint workshop today – Monday – to discuss aquatic weeds.
    “I want to hear what they got to say and that’s going to generate some questions for me,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said.

  • Roane’s BAG lady

    Amanda Hackworth’s passion for the homeless is literally “in the bag.”

    The Harriman wife and mother is heading up a ministry that creates homeless mats out of plastic grocery bags, which makes for lightweight and waterproof sleeping accommodations.

    “If they had a mat, it would give them a little more comfort,” she explained. “They are waterproof, and we make them extra thick, to prevent body sores.”

    It was after seeing a YouTube video on the process that Hackworth decided to pursue the project herself.

  • Bribery for ACT scores?

    Discussions at the Roane County Board of Education’s recent retreat didn’t just center around building new schools. The board also heard about efforts underway to improve the ACT scores of Roane County students.

    “We’ve got to raise expectations,” Secondary Schools Supervisor Russell Jenkins said. “We’ve got to expect our kids to do well.”

  • GUINN WILL WIN

    In the Bible, Joshua 1:9 reads: “Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.”

    That verse serves as an inspiration for Roane County High School senior Ethan Guinn. And like the Biblical warrior for whom the book is about, Guinn is putting his faith in God as he prepares for the biggest battle of his life.

    Cancer.