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  • Bin to collect unused medications installed at Rockwood Police Dept.

    Rockwood residents can now drop off their unused medicine at the police department now.

    A collection bin was placed in the department on Friday.

    “We want to try to alleviate the possibility of an accidental overdose from kids playing with stuff they’re not supposed to,” said Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes.

    Prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, pet medications, liquid medications, inhalers and pills can be disposed of in the bin, which is located in the lobby.

  • FRIENDS FIRST It’s a way of life for Tennessee River Realty

    For more than 20 years, Tennessee River Realty of Kingston has been selling property and making friends at the same time.

    Realtor Pamela Bull said she treats every client as an individual with specific needs, but always wants the end result to be the same.

    “We want to remain friends after,” she said.

    Bull said she specializes in caring for her clients and getting to know their needs.

    The agency is specifically structured to allow the flexibility to meet specific needs, said Suzanne Griffin, founder and partner in the business.

  • Appeal there, but not funds

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best sees all kinds of potential in the Swan Pond recreational area and its ball fields.

    He and other Harriman officials, however, don’t see any way the city could take over operation of the complex at this time.

    “My standpoint is right now I don’t think we have the funds to take on anything else,” said Best.

  • Pit bull blocks police in car

    A Harriman woman said she was bitten by a pit bull while walking down a Rockwood street on Sunday.

    Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas was dispatched to the police department headquarters around 4:30 p.m. to take a report on the incident.

    “Upon my arrival, I made contact with Mrs. Bonnie L. Fradey,” the report said. “Mrs. Fradey said she was walking down Kingston Avenue around the 600 block when a gray pit bull came out of the yard at 600 N. Kingston Ave. and bit her on her left thumb.

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  • May storms impact Tennessee Medieval Faire, too

    The creators of the Tennessee Medieval Faire continue to work to grow the Roane County festival each year — and people still turned out, even after storms blew through the area on Memorial Day weekend.

    “Overall, it was a really good show,” said Barrie Paulson, vice president, manager and entertainment director of Darkhorse LLC, which operates the Faire.

    “We did have to close on our last Sunday (May 28) so we could clean up. Thankfully people rallied, and we were able to open on our last day (Monday),” Paulson added.

  • Child starvation case trial dates postponed — again

    New trial dates have been set for the parents accused of starving their 2-year-old son to death more than five years ago.

    Amanda Dotson’s trial is tentatively set to begin on Jan. 16, 2018. Matthew Dotson’s trial is tentatively scheduled for May 14, 2018. Multiple trial dates have been set in the case in the past, only to get postponed.

    Clifford Dotson died on May 3, 2012. Roane County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Art Wolff viewed his body at Lenoir City’s Fort Loudoun Medical Center, where Clifford was taken by Amanda Dotson.

  • License needed for adult day care

    Adult day care agencies providing care to five or more people are now required to obtain a license by the Tennessee Department of Human Services and adhere to licensing requirements.

    The new requirement began July 1 and is a result of legislation passed in 2017 which lowered the previous required licensing threshold from 10 to five adult day care participants.

    Licensed adult day care agencies must meet established standards and receive regular monitoring visits.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Carefully consider what’s at stake

    I hope a great many of our readers had the chance to peruse Wednesday’s article on school consolidation written by former Roane County school board member Earl Nall.

    The article , which takes place in the fictional future of Roane County 2029, is rather lengthy but is still available online for those who might have missed it.

    I thought the article deserved the space allotted because it brought up many issues that I have not heard discussed regarding the plan to consolidate some of the high schools in the county.

  • SUPPORTING OUR VETERANS with every stitch

    Stitch Angels show passion for helping those who serve with every lovingly knitted item.

    The group’s volunteers hand make a variety of items, such as scarves, hats and blankets, for veterans, deployed service members and wounded warriors, fulfilling their motto of “supporting our veterans with every stitch.”

    “It is really just about helping veterans. We like to do a lot of local things. We do a monthly care package oversees to a different female veteran,” said founder Jennifer Alexander.