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  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Everyone but school board knows architects build

    Gentle reader, before leaving the topic of fine food and good eating with which we have concerned ourself the past couple of weeks, we must mention a delightful development in downtown Harriman.

    These developments have unfortunately been few and far between in recent times, so we want to devote a few paragraphs to the new/old business which has just opened on the comer of Roane Street and Queen Street, at 431 North Roane Street, under the name Simply Sweet Bakery.

    The owners, Mike Borman and Brad Jones formerly operated under the name Pattycake Pastries.

  • Rockwood gas customers can get more help

    Cold weather season is gearing up, and Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas is hoping to offer more assistance with gas bills.

    The utility board voted last week to continue using the same standards it adopted last winter. Rockwood Ministerial Association oversees disbursement applications.

    The beginning balance at the start of winter 2013-14 was $51,919.20, and officials decided to change the way funds are distributed so more people would qualify. They also allowed people to be able to receive assistance twice, instead of the original single opportunity.

  • Newish faces in Rockwood government

    Some new — and some not-so-new faces — took their seats at the Rockwood City Council special-called meeting Monday.

    Former Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller is once again mayor, with former councilman Dudley Evans also returning. Term limits had forced them to sit out the earlier term.

    A former Rockwood mayor and city councilman, Harold Holloway, joined them, along with newcomer Bobby Anderson.

    Sitting Councilman Mike Freeman welcomed the new members and referred to the work they put into getting elected.

  • Merger expands farmers co-op

    AgCentral Farmers Co-op, a new business entity, combines the strengths of Valley Farmers Co-op based in Athens, and Foothills Farmers Co-op based in Maryville, in a merger.

    AgCentral is planned to be one of the most progressive farm and food supply organizations in the Southeast and will provide 200 jobs.

    AgCentral is projected to have a sales volume over $95 million. Approximately 70 percent of that is due to sales of agronomy products, livestock feed and animal welfare items.

    Members of the Foothills and Valley co-ops approved the merger last month.

  • Keep holiday decorating safe

    Holiday decorations bring an increased potential for injury, especially to young children.

    Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is offering a host of tips to keep homes safe and prevent holiday-related injuries:

    • Check holiday lights for frayed wires, broken sockets or excessive wear.

    • Choose an artificial tree, that is tested and labeled as fire resistant.

    • Unplug all holiday lights at night or before leaving home.

    • Don’t overload extension cords or outlets with too many plugs.

  • Sheriff: Sex offender plan needs help

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said he’s concerned about the number of sex offenders living in Roane County. That’s why he’s hoping the Roane County Commission will pass a resolution that would establish a sexual offender community notification system.

    “If people have children in the area and those people are on that list, then as a parent they need to be aware of what’s going on in their neighborhood,” he said. “This is just another way of safe-guarding the children in the community.”

  • Aide killed in bus crash had ties to Rockwood

    A teacher’s aide killed in a tragic Knox County bus crash was no stranger to people in Rovckwood.

    Kim Riddle, 46, was a former Rockwood student. Her parents, Stanley and Cynthia Wester, still live there.

    A family friend, Carolyn Clemmons, reacted like many people did when they heard about the two-school bus crash in Knoxville that killed Riddle and two children.

    “It broke my heart to see it,” said Clemmons.

  • Henry says he’s glad for DCS move

    After almost two years as commissioner of the Department of Children’s Services, Jim Henry said he has no regrets with his role there.

    “It’s been a good job,” he said Monday. “When you’re helping kids, it just doesn’t get any better than that as far as your personal gratification.”

    Henry was commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities when Gov. Bill Haslam named him interim commissioner of DCS in February 2013.

  • Feds come through on tornado costs

    Federal disaster aid is expected to cover most of the costs Roane County incurred when an EFO-rated tornado hit the area in June.

    “All the paper work is turned in,” Roane County Office of Emergency Services Acting Director Scott Stout said. “Now it’s up to FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) to get us our money.”

    Figures provided by Stout show the county incurred $313,636 in expenses because of the storm.

    Of that, $290,923 is expected to be reimbursed by FEMA.

  • 'Tis the Season