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  • House fire makes run up Walden Ridge

    When Harriman Fire Department responded to a Tuesday structure fire on Bazel Road, firefighters also had to tackle a brush fire that spread into the surrounding woods on Walden Ridge.

    Fueled by dried kudzu growing in the area, those flames soon spread over a large area of the ridge.

    “It was definitely over a hundred acres,” said Jason O’Shell with the Tennessee Division of Forestry, who was at the scene of the brush fire.

    “I reported it to my supervisor as 150.”

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  • Longtime assistant now town manager in OS

    Oliver Springs officials selected one of their own as town manager last week.

    Becky Campbell, a town employee of 17 years this May, was appointed to the job on Thursday by the Oliver Springs Mayor and Board of Aldermen.

    Campbell has been an administrative assistant to a number of mayors. She has served as interim manager more than once, including since Nov. 4 when former manager Tina Treece resigned.

    “I want to keep our town up and going and running,” she said. “I’d like to see our town grow and prosper.”

  • Second Blue Bell ice cream recall issued in a month

    Blue Bell Creameries has issued another recall.

    The latest recall is for chocolate, strawberry and vanilla institutional/food service ice cream cups with tab lids.

    According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the products may be contaminated with listeria. The cups were distributed in more than 20 states, including Tennessee.

  • Rockwood man gets 15 years on feds gun charge

    Selling firearms to a pawn shop resulted in a lengthy prison sentence for a Rockwood man.

    Timothy Wayne Sanders, 44, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. on March 13.

    Sanders was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6, 2013, on two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

    He was scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 4, 2014, but just prior to jury selection, he changed his mind and pleaded guilty to the charges.

  • Another Dollar General for Kingston

    A new Dollar General Store is on the verge of opening in Kingston — at 764 Gallaher Road.

    The parking lot is paved, the sign is up and workers were putting up shelves inside the store on Monday.

    “They are getting close to being finished, and had hoped to be open by the end of the month, but I don’t know if they will make that,” Kingston City Manager David Bolling said.

    The opening of the new store will give Kingston two Dollar General locations.

  • Road project to open possibilities in other counties

    Officials kicked off a $62 million project to four-lane a 3.4 mile stretch of Hwy. 27 from Roane into Morgan County.

    Tennessee Department of Transportation officials said the first phase will go to State Route 328 in Morgan County. A second phase will continue the four-laning to Wartburg.

    “It is just a win-win situation,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston. “We are hoping there will be lots of spin-off from this project,” said State Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Ex-wife on mend; former cop held

    Dispatchers could hear a woman screaming and what sounded like gunshots on the other end of a Saturday 911 call that led to an hours-long standoff with police.

    Jeremy Alexander Gambrell, 41, 321 Dyllis Road, has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault after an incident in which he is accused of shooting his ex-wife multiple times in the chest outside her home at 142 Bridges Drive.

    Gambrell, a former Lenoir City and TVA law-enforcement officer, was still listed in custody at the Roane County Jail as of Tuesday morning.

  • Almost $25 million collected in county property taxes for year

    Property-tax-collecting season went well for Roane County.

    Trustee Wilma Eblen said the total levy for the 2014-15 fiscal year was $27.607 million. Of that amount, $2.676 million remains unpaid.

    County budget director Kaley Walker said the unpaid amount shouldn’t put the county in a financial bind, because each year officials take into account that not all the tax money will be paid on time.

    “We don’t plan on getting it all,” she said. “We figure a collection rate of about 93 percent of what’s levied.”