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  • Reward offered for fire info

    The City of Oak Ridge is offering a $500 reward for information that can help resolve an incident that occurred on Saturday March 25.

    Oak Ridge Fire Department was dispatched to a possible brush fire near the intersection of Wisconsin and Whippoorwill Drive on the west end of the city just after noon on March 25.

  • The importance of the community in education

    By Terry Futrell

    The recent vote by the Roane County Board of Education to consolidate all five Roane County high schools into one sent shock waves throughout the county.

    Failing to give credence to the value of community in educating our students, most school board members voted to fully separate students from the culture and heritage of the communities in which they live.

  • Tomato plant grafting among workshop topics

    The Master Gardeners of Roane County, in collaboration with the Roane County Extension Office and the University of Tennessee, is finalizing plans for a Home Gardening Skills Workshop.

    The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. April 8.

    “Through events like this one, we strive to provide community based horticultural education on a variety of subjects,” said Barbara Peratrovich of the Master Gardeners.

  • ‘Rockwood has been able to do amazing things’

    Rockwood officials tackled property cleanup head on in recent years, and the results have paid off with what should be 83 properties cleaned up when it is all said and done.

    City Administrator Becky Ruppe presented the results to the community during last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting.

    “Rockwood has been able to do amazing things with blighted property over the last two or three years. A lot of homes we have been able to clean up,” Ruppe said.

  • Committee to tackle weed issue

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry has formed a committee to work on the issue of invasive non-native weeds.

    At last week’s regular Commission meeting Berry appointed Commissioners Steve Kelley, Stanley Moore, Junior Hendrickson and David Bell to the committee. Berry is also a member of the committee.

    “They pretty much represent the whole county,” Berry said.

  • Helping hungry just got easier

    Hands of Mercy has served hundreds of Roane County’s hungry from its Kingston location.

    A second location will ease the burden placed on the small Kingston facility and the customers who travel there.

    Hands of Mercy’s Harriman site, at 421 Devonia St., is now open to serving those in need of food.

    “We decided it would be a good thing to do to separate them and put everyone from Harriman and Oliver Springs, with that address, in this office,” said Director Sharon Pinner.

  • Going for the Gold
  • Man accused of slugging woman at store

    A Rockwood man was arrested Thursday after a domestic assault outside the Gateway IGA.

    Roane County Jail records list Michael Gregory Hamby, 32, 601 North Kingston Ave., as charged with domestic assault, evading arrest, evading arrest in motor vehicle creating risk to bystanders, driving on revoked or suspended licence, two counts of attachment for contempt/nonsupport and failure to appear.

  • Rockwood fire station site OK’d

    A former Rockwood Electric Utility substation location will get new life with the city of Rockwood.

    The substation, near Rockwood United Methodist Church on North Kingston Avenue, will be purchased by the city of Rockwood for a new fire station 2.

    The city’s current station 2, also on Kingston Avenue, has been empty after flooding a few years ago.

    “REU wanted to give this to us,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller. “TVA said no — it has to be fair market value.”

  • ‘We don’t want our town destroyed’

    The Roane County Board of Education listened to an array of opinions about the proposed school building program that could involve the consolidation of several high schools.

    Under the plan that was approved by the board last month all five of the high schools in the county would be combined into a single “mega school” with more than 2,000 students. County Commission has yet to vote on the funding for the plan.