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  • Truckers land in jail following crash

    An out-of-state tractor trailer driver is scheduled to appear in Roane County General Sessions Court today – Monday – on charges stemming from an Aug. 14 accident on Interstate 40.

    Alexandru Cotruta is charged with DUI, tampering with evidence, following too close, failure to maintain lane and failure to exercise due care.

    Cotruta, who has a Washington driver’s license, was driving a 2008 International tractor trailer. He was taken to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville following the accident, which involved seven vehicles.

  • Kingston ‘agin’ county sales tax hike

    If Roane County Commission is considering a sales tax hike at its Sept. 8 meeting, Kingston City Council members have gone on record with their opposition to it.

    “I’m agin it; I’m agin it; I’m agin it,” said Kingston Mayor Troy Beets at the council’s Sept. 2 work session.

    His quote, he said, was nicked from the late Knoxville grocer and politician Cas Walker.

    Roane County Commission has no power to raise the county’s sales-tax rate to 2.75 percent.

  • Harriman aims to replace more traffic signals

    Driving on Harriman’s busy Roane Street will soon be safer.

    Harriman officials have already replaced a number of downtown traffic signals, but they’re getting ready to do one more.

    This time it’s the bustling Roane Street at Emory Street corner, which like many of those lights already replaced, can be a struggle to tell the signal color at certain times of day in particular.

    “Especially around sundown, you cannot see those lights,” agreed Councilman Ken Mynatt.

  • It’s official: Traffic tickets in Rockwood now more expensive

    Paying for a traffic ticket isn’t ever cheap, but now those going to Rockwood City Court will pay a little more.

    Rockwood City Council approved a $5 technology fee onto its court fees late last month.

    “It is our recommendation we don’t touch it the first year,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright at a previous meeting.

    Wright said the department has computers, tablets and software needs that the money would go toward.

    He wants to see the fund build up so the city can use it to upgrade technology as needed.

  • Cause of Bazel Road blaze undetermined

    An empty house at 897 Bazel Road was destroyed by fire late last month.

    Police responded to the scene around 1:55 a.m. Aug. 27 to find the home already engulfed.

    “The police department was the first on the scene, and upon arrival, it was already fully involved,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “The whole roof area had already collapsed into the basement.”

    Firefighters were on the scene for about three hours.

    Goss said the cause of the fire is undetermined.

  • Brickyard Springs gets some TLC

    Rockwood did a lot of tidying up around town lately.

    One of those places that got a much-needed loving touch was Brickyard Springs Park, and Stephanie Floyd, who was part of the Brickyard Park Reunion held this summer, was particularly thankful.

    “Probably nothing has been done to that park in 20 years,” Floyd told Rockwood City Council.

    City labor did a number of projects, including painting the benches, goals and court as well as adding a picnic table and two grills and taking existing tables to the site.

  • Roane Choral making holiday plans

    Roane Choral Society will begin rehearsals at 7 p.m. Sept. 8 for its holiday concert.

    Rehearsals will be at 7 p.m. each Monday in the O’Brien Building on Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.

    The first 2014-15 season concert, “A Child Again at Christmas,” will be presented at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 in the O’Brien Theatre.

    Former and new members are encouraged to attend rehearsals.

    Call 354-0679 for details.

  • More than 100 attend Yager grants sessions
  • McElhinney heads up state trade association

    Mike McElhinney, CEO of Roane County’s Michael Dunn Center, has been elected president of Tennessee Community Organizations.

    TNCO is a statewide trade association that supports people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Tennessee.

    Michael Dunn Center is one of 54 agencies across Tennessee that are members of TNCO.

    “It is a great honor and privilege to be elected,” McElhinney said.