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Rocky Top approves $300 water deposit


Amanda Daugherty, right, Rocky Top’s city recorder, swears in the city’s police force during a ceremony at the beginning of last Thursday’s February City Council meet- ing at City Hall. The officers include, from left: Deputy Chief Matt McGhee, Sgt. Kevin Perkins, Officer Mikala Malicoat, Detective Tim Powers, Officer Matt Maples, and Officer Cody Culver. In front is Chief of Police John Thomas. - G. Chambers Williams III

Anyone moving to Rocky Top now who’s planning to rent a residence will have to pay a $300 deposit to get water service turned on, up from the previous $100 amount. Last Thursday evening, the City Council passed on second and final reading Ordinance 582, which sets the new deposit amount. The good news is that the deposit is fully refundable to those who pay their final bills after they move out, Mayor Kerry Templin noted. “We’ve had issues with renters skipping out on their final bills, which has become a common occurrence,” Templin said during presentation of the proposed ordinance during last month’s council meeting, in which the ordinance was passed on first reading. The city hopes that the new $300 deposit requirement will at least cover the final water and sewer bill if a renter leaves without paying, the mayor said. Councilman Zack Green made the motion to approve the ordinance on second reading, and the measure was seconded by Councilwoman Stacy Phillips. The council then voted 5-0 to approve the ordinance.

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Demolition begins on burned downtown Rocky Top building


A contractor’s crew began tearing down the rest of this building at 319 S. Main St. in downtown Rocky Top on Monday and removing the debris. The building was destroyed by fire Jan. 23, killing one of the occupants of its five second-story apartments. - G. Chambers Williams III

A contractor on Monday began tearing down the rest of the two-story building that was destroyed by fire in downtown Rocky Top on Jan. 23, killing one man and displacing tenants of five second-floor apartments. Rocky Top City Manager Michael Ellis told the City Council during its February meeting last week that the teardown and clearing of the site would take up to three weeks. No cause has been released yet for the early-morning fire that resulted in the death of Danny Cecil Parks, 68, who was a resident of the building. The building, at 319 S. Main St., included a first-floor warehouse and the second-story apartments. The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has not yet released a report on the cause. Built in 1925, the building was completely destroyed and much of it collapsed during the fire, which was reported at 3:56 a.m.. Firefighters from at least nine departments were on the scene fighting the fire most of the day.

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Free Medical Clinic to close Briceville site, will go mobile

The Free Medical Clinic of Oak Ridge will be closing its satellite facility in Briceville, but beginning March 11 will be shifting to using its mobile clinic in Briceville and Rocky Top on certain Tuesdays each month, the clinic’s director said Monday. Billy Edmonds, executive director of the Free Medical Clinic, said that problems with the building the clinic has been using in Briceville since it opened in August 2021 are forcing the clinic to move out. Although the clinic is still working out the schedule, the mobile unit will be setting up on some Tuesdays each month in the parking lots of the Briceville Library or the Rocky Top Community center, Edmonds said. Since opening at 1456 Briceville Highway in 2021, that clinic had been operating every Tuesday. The building was being provided to the clinic by the Clinton Baptist Association, which leases the facility from the old coal company that still owns it, Edmonds said. “The building has become a little bit unsafe for our staff and patients,” he said. “Heating and cooling are difficult, and we don’t want to spend tens of thousands of dollars in repairs on a building we don’t own.” The clinic opened the Briceville facility before it was able to get its mobile unit, and now believes that unit is a better choice to take its place, Edmonds said.

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Rocky Top considering ‘Safe Haven Baby Box’ for fire department

Rocky Top could soon have a “Safe Haven Baby Box” installed at the city’s downtown fire station, and may even have a donor who would be willing to pay the estimated $15,000 cost of the box and its installation. The city has been contacted about having the box installed, Mayor Kerry Templin said during last Thursday’s February City Council meeting. “I got a call from Kingston about it,” Templin told The Courier News. “I think it’s a great idea.” Templin said Kingston has just completed installation of one of the boxes at its fire department, and there is also one in Clinton. Clinton City Manager Roger Houck said Monday that it has one of the baby boxes at the Fire Department’s Station 2 in South Clinton, but it isn’t ready for use yet, pending training of the staff. “We hope to have it operable by early next month,” Houck said. “We got ours in conjunction with Isaiah House, which got a grant to pay for it.” These boxes are made and distributed by the Safe Haven Baby Boxes organization, and are made to hold an infant safely and securely until firefighters or other emergency personnel can get the baby to a hospital.

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