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    Fighting fires has always been in David Kirby’s blood.

    But after more than 40 years with the Rockwood Fire Department, the 63-year old Kirby is retiring and ready to start the next stage of his life.

    “This is something I always wanted to do, but 40 years is enough,” Kirby said at a surprise retirement party Friday.

    “It’s time to give the younger ones a chance to have the experience I had.”

  • Pill mill’s ‘Aunt Bea’ sentenced to 280 years in prison

    A woman convicted of running a massive pill mill operation will likely die behind bars.

    Last week, U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier sentenced Barbara Lang, also known as Aunt Bea, to 280 years in federal prison.

    Lang was found guilty in January of two counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, five counts of maintaining a drug-involved business and 14 counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements.

    The verdicts marked the conclusion of a 25-day trial that spanned nearly three months.

  • Retired road superintendent dead at 71

    When it came to bosses, Donna Patterson said Tom Hamby had no equal.

    “He was the best boss I have ever had,” she said.

    Hamby, Roane County’s former road superintendent, passed away on Saturday at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. He was 71.

    “I really am sad that he passed away,” said Patterson, who was Hamby’s secretary. “He’ll be greatly missed by a lot of people.”

    Hamby was appointed road superintendent in May 1999.

  • Crawley fighting blazes in Wash.

    Roane County’s Bryan Crawley is helping fight the forest fires that have ravaged portions of Washington state.

    “I am currently the medical unit leader for the Carpenter Road fire under the Rocky Mountains incident management team,” Crawley said late last week.

    “The team is a Type 2 incident management team.”

    Crawley and the team were in Fruitland, Wash., last week. Fruitland is a community of 500. An estimated 500 firefighters were based at the Fruitland Bible Camp, about 65 miles north of Spokane.

  • Community working together for ‘Miss Mayme’s School’ site

    Oliver Springs dedicated its newest park Friday, as Carmichael Park recently completed Phase I of its development plan.

    Carmichael Park is on the site of what used to be Oliver Springs Colored School, also called Miss Mayme’s School by its former students.

    The park is named for longtime educator Mayme Carmichael, who taught and impacted many lives at the school.

    “We are just blessed and honored to be a part of this,” said Julia Daniel, Mayme Carmichael School Organization president.

  • Firms ‘fed up’ at Roane Academy

    Omni Visions President and CEO Steve Norris got an earful at last week’s Industrial Liaison Committee meeting.

    Several Roane County commissioners and business people expressed dismay with the number of incidents that have transpired this summer at Roane Academy, a Level 3 Omni Visions facility for male juveniles in the Roane County Industrial Park.

    “We moved to the industrial park to conduct business, not to take care of kids,” Betty Kober said.

  • Democrats plan Labor Day picnic

    Roane County Democratic Party’s annual East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 in Roane County Park shelter 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Tickets are $12 per person; ages 11 and younger eat free. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 466-0418 or at the picnic.

    Keynote speakers are Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini and Terry Adams of The Adams Law Firm. Entertainment will be provided by Todd Sharp and Terry Adams. Ripley the Donkey will be available for photos.

  • 7 pounds of meth found at drug bust

    A California man allegedly caught with 7 pounds of crystal meth last month still sat in the Roane County Jail on Friday.

    Fernando Eudave Castaneda, 26, is charged with felony possession. He was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol on July 17.

    According to the affidavit, state troopers Kevin Stroup and Jonathan Scott were patrolling area hotels at 4 a.m. when they noticed a red Honda Accord with no tags in the parking lot of Kingston’s Super 8 on Kentucky Street.

  • Woman found hurt in yard dies last week

    A woman who sustained serious injuries Aug. 16 at her boyfriend’s home died last week.

    An autopsy has been ordered to rule out possible foul play in injuries sustained by Kristin Mallory Cupp. She died late Thursday.

    “They are supposed to do the autopsy tomorrow,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said on Friday.

    “I don’t know when I’ll get any official results.”