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  • Roane down to two ambulances earlier this week

    There was a time on Monday when Roane County only had two ambulances in service. 

  • Attorney to serve Rockwood, county

    Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew can continue to perform that role and serve in his newly sworn-in office as Roane County attorney.

  • Hip to be SQUARE

    Music and good times can be had inside the Harriman American Legion every Monday with the start of square dance lessons.

    The Three Rivers Ramblers Dance Club began hosting lessons last week for all interested.

    Not the twinkle-toes type?

    Not a problem.

    “If we can be taught, you can be taught,” Beverly Zeilman said. The rather large club holds lessons to help keep new blood involved.

  • $3,000-broadcast rumors ‘made up’

    Despite rumors, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he has not told anyone they will have to pay a fee to broadcast football games.

    “Absolutely not,” he said Wednesday night. “State law and our board policy require that anybody that uses school facilities go through the director. I have just asked that those people who are broadcasting games come and visit with me.”

    There was talk on Facebook forums of a costly pay-to-broadcast system.

  • Heavy loans in judge race

    Mike Pemberton loaned his campaign $55,000 during the race for 9th Judicial District Circuit Court judge. That was in addition to more than $50,000 in contributions he received.

    In a close contest, Pemberton defeated Tom McFarland on Aug. 7.

  • Smoke leads to evacuation

    A smoky fire at Renaissance Terrace required some nursing home residents to be evacuated.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the fire started around 3:50 a.m. Wednesday morning and appears to have started in a bathroom trash can. State fire marshal’s office will be investigating.

    “They did an outstanding job on getting the wing clear,” Goss said of staff.

    The fire was already out when firefighters arrived.

    “We have been having a lot of fire extinguisher classes for them so that paid off,” Goss said.

  • SPECIAL DAY in MIDTOWN
  • ORNL reactor makes history books

    The high flux isotope reactor, now in its 48th year of providing neutrons for research and isotope production at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.

  • Tornado repairs in Kingston
  • Bigfoot searchers to look in Roane County

    Some people say a dark, hairy creature may be lurking around the woods of Roane County.

    A group called EastTennesseeBigFoot.org believes there may even be three of them.

    Alleged sightings of a creature gliding on two feet through the woods inspired the start up of the group.

    “We have been here since 2005. We only recently really started to grow,” said member Matt Seeber.