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  • New ambulance director starts at $51,000

    Timothy W. Suter, Roane County’s new ambulance director, is starting out with a salary of $51,000.

    “Most of our frontline managers make around $50,000, and we brought him in as a frontline manager,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    Suter most recently worked as a paramedic with Rural/Metro in Knox County. He started his new position with Roane County last month.

    Woody said Suter has the opportunity to increase his salary to $60,000, depending on how he performs in the coming months.

  • Prosecutors seek to keep rape suspect in jail

    A bond-revocation motion is still pending against rape suspect John Paul Little.

    A Monday hearing on the matter was rescheduled to Dec. 12.

    Little faces four counts of child rape in Roane County Criminal Court. He managed to make bond in the case in March after more than 18 months behind bars.

    Harriman police arrested Little last month on drug charges.

    Active meth labs were allegedly discovered at his Harriman home.

  • Christmas Kettle kickoff planned

    The Salvation Army Roane and Morgan County Service Unit will hold its 2014 Kettle Campaign Kickoff from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Michael Dunn Center, 629 Gallaher Road, in Kingston.

    All volunteer bell-ringers and anyone interested in becoming a volunteer bell-ringer in Roane or Morgan counties are invited.

    Refreshments will be served, and live entertainment will be provided by The Joey Pierce Project JOLT.

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  • Rockwood to apply for greenway, housing rehab grants from state

    Rockwood City Council, seeking to ramp up the city’s recreational offerings, approved applying for grants to further develop Tom Fuller Park.

    It also voted to apply for grants for housing rehabilitation.

    Rockwood City Council voted last month to submit an application for a Tennessee Department of Transportation Alternatives Matching Grant to create a greenway to connect its waterfront Tom Fuller Park to downtown.

    The greenway also has been discussed as a safe way to allow Ridge View Elementary students to bike or walk to school.

  • RSCC’s Fain breaks one record

    As Roane State Community College educators Jessica Fain and Bruce Cantrell pursue a record for longest time spent living underwater, Fain has already made her mark.

    Cantrell, a biology professor, and Fain, an adjunct professor, are living and working in an underwater habitat — Jules’ Undersea Lodge on Key Largo in the Florida Keys — for 73 days.

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  • New mayors for three Roane cities — Neal in Kingston, Miller in Rockwood, Vann in OS

    All precincts reporting:
    Rockwood Mayor
    Peggy Evans 359
    Mike "Brillo" Miller 657

    Rockwood City Council
    Bobby Anderson 389
    Bo Baudin 277
    Dudley Evans 504
    Harold Holloway 454
    Mike McCullough 259
    Sam Seat 300
    Shane Trew 361
    Ray Collett 43

    Kingston Mayor
    Troy Beets 870
    Tim Neal 926

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