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News - January 7, 2009

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  1. Rockwood Water Test Results Released by State
  2. Roane County Drought Level Decreases to Moderate
  3. First Responder Stephen Koren Named 2008 WRCVFD Firefighter of the Year
  4. New Photo Albums Released
  5. WRCVFD Volunteer Recognition Dinner Held 12/13/08; Firefighters Honored
  6. Story coming soon: Cookbook Sale Finished 12/24/08

  • Rockwood Water Test Results Released by State

    January 4, 2009: The recent TVA coal ash spill upstream from West Roane County has raised concerns about Rockwood water quality. Researchers at the State of Tennessee Department of Health Environmental Laboratories took samples on December 31, 2008, of Rockwood city water. Their test results indicate that the heavy metals in Rockwood water were at low levels, within EPA limits. This report is cause for cautious hope that downstream water supplies may not be too much affected. For detailed information, see the 12/31/08 test report in PDF format (172kb).

Drought level is moderate

  • Volunteer Recognition Dinner Held Saturday, December 13, 2008

    The Department of Homeland Security strongly recommends that volunteer fire departments such as WRCVFD formally recognize volunteers and otherwise encourage continued volunteer participation and recruitment. In this spirit, each year in December WRCVFD holds a Volunteer Recognition Dinner to honor of all who volunteered.

    This year's dinner at Station #1 was a success, with beautiful decorations and lots of good food. Everybody enjoyed the festive decorations put up by Janette Kilby and Tom van Dalen with some of Santa's helpers. The kids enjoyed their presents from Santa (Clint Redwine) with the help of Amy Cox and Tom van Dalen.

    Attendees enjoyed the potluck buffet. There was a honey-baked ham from Ron Berry and one deep-fried and one smoked turkey prepared by Ken and Darla Ritchie. The buffet also included many side dishes and desserts brought by volunteers and supporters, including homemade sweets such as carrot cake and a beautiful coconut cake.

    After the meal, Raymond Roddy gave an overview of what has transpired in the past year with the Fire Department, such as the building work done on the new fire station #3 at Grande Vista Bay. He also presented the Firefighter of the Year award to the deserving volunteer Steve Koren.

    Next, the new treasurer talked about the financial support showed by the community as a result of the fireworks sale, the yard sale, and the in-progress cookbook sale. He also reminded people that the coming year might be much leaner due to the widespread economic crunch, and that we needed to think about other ways to raise monies yet at the same time trying to be more cost conscious in our daily operations. Everyone was reminded to lower the thermostat when no one is in the building and to turn off lights when not in use.

    The entire dinner was coordinated by Regina Durham, the new secretary, who also has coordinated the cookbook project. In all, it was a great party because so many people came together and helped to make it a success, including people such as Jason Kilby, Eric Cox, Larry Crabtree, Gary Riggs, Mickey Smith, and Chaplain Bruce Foster, not to mention all the silent elves.

In Station #1 just before the dinner
Firefighter of the Year Steve Koren at the dinner

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