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  • Rockwood gets more for home renovations

    Rockwood received $381,450 in a Community Development Block grant for housing rehabilitation.

    “It is a big lick for us,” said Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    “We are really happy about it. That means we can help some people who need their homes cleaned up,” he added.

    “The main thing this will help people who really want their homes to be fixed up, make them energy efficient.”

  • UT-Battelle given nod to appeal assessment

    Administrative Judge Mark Aaron found misleading communications from the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office caused UT-Battelle to not appeal its 2014 assessment to the County Board of Equalization.

    The county was asking Aaron to dismiss UT-Battelle’s appeal, but the judge determined that it could go forward to the State Board of Equalization.

    “Normally, an appeal to the local board of equalization is a jurisdictional prerequisite to a state board appeal,” Aaron wrote in his order.

  • Probation violators fill up jail

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton has some thoughts about Community Probation Services.

    “I would really hate to share them right now,” he said on Oct. 6.

    The county jail, which the sheriff is responsible for overseeing, is certified to hold 172 inmates. There was 194 in custody on Oct. 6.

    “It seems like more than two-thirds of our population is violation of probation,” Stockton said.

  • Haunted Hospital scares up truck funds on first weekend

    Harriman Fire Department’s Haunted Hospital is proving to be a big success.

    Not only is it spooky good fun for attendees, but it raised an estimated $9,800 to equip the department’s rescue vehicle in its debut weekend.

    “It put them well above their goal,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms. “I understand people waited as long as two and a half hours in line to go.”

    There’s still time to get in on the scares: the Haunted Hospital will be open again from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 29-31.

  • Motorcycling for Veterans

    John Riddle rides his 800 Suzuki motorcycle in parades, funerals and special events involving veterans.

    He is sergeant-at-arms for Harriman American Legion Post 53.

    Special events honoring area veterans are being planned throughout Roane County in observance of Veterans’ Day on Nov. 11.

  • Fence latest issue between Tiger Haven, county

    Roane County residents and Tiger Haven officials are often butting heads, and the most recent issue involves a perimeter fence at the East Roane County sanctuary for rescued big cats.

    The Roane County Commission will consider a resolution Monday to authorize the county attorney to file suit against Tiger Haven to enforce provisions of the 2012 International Building Code.

  • KFD can rescue man and beast

    The Kingston Fire Department recently received some different type of air packs.

    Invisible Fence of the Tennessee Valley donated four air packs specially designed for dogs in case of a fire emergency.

    “We’re giving these to any and every fire department we can

    to help save lives,” said John

    Miller, general manager for Invisible fence of the Tennessee Valley.

    “We know that a lot of pets are family members, and since 2006, more than 40,000 pet deaths have occurred due to inhalation,” Miller said.

  • Lawmen to be honored by Commission

    Several Roane County Sheriff's deputies are scheduled to be honored by the Roane County Commission on Monday.

    Resolutions recognizing Lt. Robert Anderson, Capt. Tim Hawn, Deputy Josh Klein and Deputy Richard Stooksbury are on the agenda for the Commission meeting, which starts at 7 p.m.

    “I’m proud of them first of all for going above and beyond the call of duty,” said Sheriff Jack Stockton.

    “Sometimes we fail to recognize someone’s heroic efforts to help.”

  • Meth gets Rockwood man 20 years

    A Rockwood man was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves Thursday to 240 months in prison on methamphetamine charges.

    Raymond Racey, 35, was charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine and possession of precursors used to manufacture meth.

    He and several others were charged with several others in a July 2014 indictment.

    He pleaded guilty to the offense in June.