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  • Radioactive materials training facility to be given state funds

    Last minute amendments to the state budget will include funding for a radioactive materials training facility in Roane County, according to state Sen. Ken Yager (R-Kingston).

    The appropriations amendments and Senate Bill 1351 are pending action in the Senate and House Finance, Ways and Means Committees.

    “Roane County does very well,” Yager said.

  • Rockwood gets new station
  • Hospital coming down?

    It looks as though the demolition of all or parts of the old hospital in Harriman could take place soon.

    The project was discussed at length during the workshop of the Harriman City Council Tuesday evening following the regular council meeting.

    “It’s time to do something. How many years has this been kicked back and forth? Everybody keeps talking about it. It’s time to make a move forward,” said Councilman Daryl Cook.

    City Manager Kevin Helms submitted bids from two companies for the council to consider.

  • Stolen bike, big arrests

    A child’s bicycle stolen in Rockwood led to the arrest of six people last week.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Jared Hall spoke with Brittanee Reed on April 12 about her son’s bike. Reed told Hall it was stolen off her front porch.

    “She went on to say that she heard something on or near her porch between 5 a.m. and 5:30 a.m. this morning,” the report said.

    “She believes that is when the bike was taken.”

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  • Roane’s economy seen as weak, too reliant on government jobs

    Roane County’s financial management continues to earn rave reviews from Standard & Poor’s. The economy is a different story, however.

    The credit rating agency calls Roane County’s economy weak and anchored by government jobs associated with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and TVA.

    “We consider the county’s economy weak,” the report said.

    “Roane County, with an estimated population of 52,491, is located in the Knoxville MSA (metropolitan statistical area), which we consider to be broad and diverse.”

  • SRO bill could mean more in Roane schools

    A bill to increase the number of school resource officers might not be as good as it appears, according to Interim Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes.

    The bill passed in the Tennessee General Assembly earlier this month.

    “What I’m afraid of is that bill will be like all state bills that pass,” Aytes said during last week’s Board of Education meeting at Roane County High School.

  • OS, Midway to get school upgrades

    The Oliver Springs and Midway parts of the school building program are moving forward.

    The Roane County Commission approved the funding last year. The bonds are scheduled to be bid today – Wednesday, according to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “Wednesday at 10:30, we’ll bid them out,” he said.

    The building program calls for a new sewer plant for the Midway area schools and incorporating Oliver Springs High School in with Oliver Springs Middle School. The projects are estimated to cost around $6.4 million.

  • ‘HOPPY’ EASTER
  • Kingston woman injured in fire

    From staff reports

    The Kingston Fire Department responded to a call early Monday morning in which a woman suffered serious burns.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said his department responded to a call at a West Race Street residence at 3:16 a.m. Monday. He said the resident had been smoking in bed while using oxygen.

    The cigarette apparently ignited the oxygen causing the woman to suffer serious burns to her head and face.