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  • Hone skills in negotiations at June 23 session

    “Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business” will be the next in the Roane County Chamber of Commerce and SCORE Lunch and Learn workshop series.

    The workshop will be from noon to 2 p.m. June 23 in Kingston City Hall’s conference room at 900 Waterford Place.

    Lunch will be provided at 11:50 a.m.

    “Negotiation skills are important — whether you negotiate for your business or within your personal relationships,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist with The Roane Alliance.

  • Campers learn basketball basics

    Young girls stood firm against looming adversaries while being taught defense skills at Roane County High School’s girls basketball camp.

    The youth, grades kin-dergarten through sixth grade, were taught ball handling, proper shooting technique and other basketball skills.

    “Girls that have aspirations of playing basketball, this gives them a chance to work on their fundamental skills. I also think it helps with social aspects,” said Coach Connie Guinn.

  • Messy yard gets woman in trouble again

    Helen Hayes is not looking for another legal fight with Roane County.

    “I don’t bother nobody, and I’m going to ask them to not bother me,” she said Tuesday.

    Her plea may be fruitless.

    On Monday, the Roane County Commission voted to have County Attorney Greg Leffew file a lawsuit against Hayes for “continually allowing conditions of overgrown vegetation/accumulated debris” on her property at 1812 Bluff Road.

    The county has used the court system before to get Hayes’ property cleaned up.

  • Man charged with attack on woman

    Kelly Vance, a 36-year-old Rockwood man, is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 10 to answer charges of aggravated assault and false imprisonment in an alleged attack against his girlfriend.

    Vance was arrested on May 30.

    According to the warrant taken out by Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich, Kelsey Erickson accused Vance of hitting her in the arm, head, back and throat.

  • REU tweaks its plans for new building

    Rockwood Electric Utility will likely be paying more than planned on its new downtown digs.

    Because of an increasing project scope since the initial design, the estimate has increased.

    The size of the planned building has increased — from 19,000 square feet to 21,000 square feet. That would cost an estimated $400,000 more.

    Other upgrades were made to meet LEED Silver certification (environmental standards). That’s estimated to add $100,000 to the bill, and a geothermal HVAC system could add another $200,000.

  • Kingston officials ask for help

    Water is a precious resource, but some in Kingston can’t pay the bill for it.

    Kingston city officials decided to launch a voluntary program to add $1 a month to water bills, but a year later, they still haven’t raised enough to meet their initial $1,000 goal.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: John Cooper Winslow — Harriman’s character

    Erudite reader, as we reminded you in our column of 15 May, next Monday, 15 June will mark the Eight Hundredth Anniversary of the signing of the Great Charter, most commonly known by its Latin name of Magna Carta (sometimes given as Charta).

  • Local bear sightings aplenty

    It wasn’t your typical highway collision: A bear ran into a vehicle traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 in Kingston Wednesday afternoon.

    “She slammed on her brakes, and the bear actually ran into the side of her car,” said Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam.

    He said the dazed animal ran off, but the woman stopped at the Kingston Exxon and talked to a Roane County sheriff’s deputy.

  • Still no vote on county tax rate

    Resolutions to set the tax levy and budget for the upcoming fiscal year got deferred without discussion at Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    The county has yet to receive the certified tax rate from the state, and officials said that is needed in order to adopt a budget.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he knew going into Monday’s meeting the commission wouldn’t be able to vote on the budget. He said the resolutions were put on the agenda to send a message.

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