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    When Marilyn Maines observed honey bees going in and out of the side of her house in Kingston she was concerned about removing the bees and closing the entrance in the cedar siding.

    Contacts on social media suggested that she contact one of Roane County’s best known beekeepers, County Executive Ron Woody.

    “They call him the ‘bee whisperer,’” she said.

    Woody, who does most of his beekeeping with both feet on the ground, surveyed the entrance to the hive – about 20 feet above the ground.

  • TDEC brings hazardous waste collection to Roane

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Roane County on Saturday, May 11.

    Tennesseans are encouraged to bring household hazardous waste – including cleaning fluids, pesticides, batteries and more – to a designated drop-off location.

    The drop-off location for Roane County is the Roane County Recycling Facility, 215 White Pine Rd., Harriman. 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

    The local contact is Ralph Stewart at 590-7779.

  • Rockwood goes private with trash pickup

    By Richard Evans

    The Rockwood City Council voted Monday to accept a bid from Waste Connections to provide garbage pick-up service for the city.

    The service is expected to start in July, at the start of the new fiscal year. Waste Connections was one of two companies to submit a bid for the service.

    Their bid of $10.15 per customer was the lowest bid.

    Under the bid, residents must provide their own trash cans.

  • Tarwater’s drainage to get final fix

    By Richard Evans

    The Rockwood City Council accepted a bid from C.R. Barger & Sons Monday for the Tarwater Street pavement and drainage rehabilitation project.

    The bid came in at $464,932, almost $165,000 more than the amount budgeted for the project. It was the only bid submitted.

  • Pair charged in meth case

    An investigation into a suspicious vehicle resulted in meth charges on Monday.

    Carl L. Collins and Jessica L. Gomez are charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.

    According to the report, Rockwood Patrolman Charles Crothers and Sgt. Jared Hall responded to an apartment on South Gateway Ave., for a suspicious vehicle.

  • County waiting on engineering report before starting road work

    Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said he’s waiting to hear from engineers before starting the road projects prompted by February’s heavy rains.

    “We’re waiting for the engineers to give us a report,” he said Monday.

    “They’ve done the core drilling. We’re waiting on them to give us a report on Riggs Chapel Road, Airport Road, Bowman Bend and Bullard Ford.”

  • Brown sees parole denied

    A hearings officer with the Tennessee Board of Parole is recommending Henry Nicholas Brown be denied parole at this time.

    “These are very serious felonies,” Angela Swanson told Brown during his parole hearing Monday morning. “You hit a police officer causing him serious injury.”

    Brown pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court last year to aggravated assault, evading arrest and reckless endangerment. The crimes happened on Aug. 6, 2017, when Brown was stopped by then Kingston Police Department Sgt. Jerry Singleton.

  • Correction

    In the article with the headline “Old Harriman Hospital’s future in limbo” by Richard Evans in the Monday, April 22 edition of the Roane County News, the developer was misidentified. His name is Carl Lansden of Lansden Landmarks LLC, not Carl Anderson. We apologize for any confusion this error might have caused.

  • Old Harriman hospital’s future in limbo

    By Richard Evans

    Talk of possible development of the old hospital in Harriman has been delayed until July.

    During the Harriman Industrial Development Board meeting Thursday evening, representatives of Carl Anderson, a Knoxville developer, apprised the board of a potential use for the property.

    Speaking on behalf of Anderson, Mark Bunch said their firm would like to develop 50 low income housing units in a moderate/mid-rise, perhaps a four-story apartment building.