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  • Fire victims live on through park



    Nine years after a tragic fire took the lives of six people, including four children, the park in their honor is thriving.

    Jason and Demerius Monroe, their children Mikayla Monroe and Dalton Burgess, and house guests, brothers Kaleb Stooksbury and Kolby McElhaney, all perished in the Nov. 5, 2005, blaze.

    Development of Smokerise Memorial Park, at Burke Mill Road and Darrell Lane in Smokerise subdivision, began in 2006.

  • U.S. Senate hopeful Ball stumps in Kingston



    Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Gordon Ball owns a private jet, but he didn’t fly into Roane County on Friday.

    Ball came here on a bus he’s using to crisscross the state in the final days before Tuesday’s election.

    “I think it’s going to be a horse race right to the end,” Ball said about the senate race.

    A total of 12 candidates are vying for the senate seat.

  • Woody 2015 president of association

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody was recently elected president of the Association of Tennessee Valley Governments for 2015.

    Woody was elected during the annual meeting in Gatlinburg.

    He heads a slate of officers that include First Vice President Don Stisher of Morgan County, Ala., and Second Vice President Gary Reasons of Crockett County.

    “We are pleased to have this strong team of officers assuming ATVG board leadership,” siad N.E. Reed, an Edmondson County, Ky., judge who headed the nomination committee.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘The Market will fluctuate,’ said J.P. Morgan

    As today marks the end of October, our mind turns towards one of the most outstanding events of that month.

    No, we do not refer to our birthday on the sixth, which brought us into pre-octogenarian status; nor do we refer to All Hallows’ Eve, with its supernatural associations; nor to any other single day, or event, but rather we refer to the beginning and progression toward the end of the annual life cycle of our deciduous trees, that give the season its popular name of “fall.”

  • Haslam here for park upgrade, stumping

    Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam was the featured guest during a groundbreaking ceremony at Gertrude Porter Park in Kingston on Wednesday. A $250,000 state grant will help the park undergo a major facelift.

    “The program is going to add a ballfield, two soccer fields, a playground, a greenway and also restroom facilities,” Haslam said.

    Haslam said the program that led to the grant was set up by the legislature several years ago.

  • Haslam’s Handee Burger stop

    Lack of interest in the Nov. 4 election hasn’t gone unnoticed by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

    “So far turnout across the state is really, really low,” he said.

    Early voting ended on Thursday. The Secretary of State’s Office says 103,787 fewer people voted during the first 12 days of early voting compared to 2010.

    “You get better government when more people take part in the process,” Haslam said.

  • Former county commissioner dies

    Former Roane County Commissioner Copper Bacon passed away on Thursday.

    Bacon served on the commission for 16 years. He didn’t seek re-election this year, and his final four-year term ended on Aug. 31.

    “He’s going to be highly missed by the county,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We hate to see the passing of Copper.”

    Woody served with Bacon on the Budget Committee.

  • Bridge to animal shelter to be replaced

    Not everyone is happy that Rockwood is proceeding with replacing the bridge over Cardiff Creek and near the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Rockwood City Council approved the project at this week’s meeting.

    Project opponent Councilwoman Peggy Evans said she sees the road as little used.

    She said the city would be better off simply closing the bridge and diverting traffic through the Roane County Industrial Park main entrance.

    “The whole road is unsafe, not just the bridge,” Evans contended.

  • Ridge View student seeks bears

    Emilie Gregg has spent a lot of time at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.

    Gregg, who was diagnosed in 2010 with plasminogen deficiency, was comforted by Teddy bears given out to patients. The bears are used for demonstrations to show things like where intravenous lines or ports may go.

    “She wants others to have the bears so they could show them where they (treatments) are going to go and have comfort and not be as scared,” said Cindy Gregg, Emilie’s grandmother.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrests in Rockwood

    Two were arrested on charges of manufacturing methamphetamine after Rockwood patrolman Brandon Smith stopped a car for running a traffic light on Gateway Avenue.

    Erica Mae Jenkins, 33, 302 Old Hwy. 70, is charged with initiation of methamphetamine manufacture process, while driver Donald Ray Burton, 49, of Dayton, was charged with criminal impersonation, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on suspended or revoked and initiation of methamphetamine manufacture process.