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  • Rockwood scores a perfect audit

    What a difference a year makes.

    Rockwood’s financial audit, once a source of controversy among city leaders, didn’t just make a turnaround.

    The auditors announced that they found nothing to report on the internal control and compliance portion of the audit for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013.

    “I can tell you there are no findings,” auditor Richard Hill said Monday. “There were no material weaknesses, no material instances of noncompliance.

  • Light bill’s too high

    One Harriman City Councilman is changing his tune about LED lights.

    J.D. Sampson previously said he doesn’t like the visibility with LED street lights.

    But after one disgruntled day signing off on the city’s utility bills from Harriman Utility Board he’s thinking the savings might be worth it.

    “I added them up, and this month what we will write a check to HUB for is $65,426,” Sampson said.

    “That is a bunch of money.”

  • UNITED STATES OF AMERICA vs. ROCKY JOE HOUSTON

    The secret pole camera police used to conduct surveillance of the Houston farm didn’t belong to the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

    ATF Agent Jason Dobbs testified last week that the camera belonged to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office. It was used during the ATF’s investigation of Rocky Houston.

    A jury found Houston guilty last week of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

    The trial, which took place at the federal courthouse in Knoxville, provided insight on how the secret pole camera worked.

  • White poised to be first retiree on REU board

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    and MIKE GIBSON

    Roane Newspapers

    It didn’t take long for an ordinance changing Rockwood Electric Utility board’s appointment policy to be implemented.

    Rockwood officials signed off last month on an ordinance that allows former REU employees to serve as members of the board.

    That paves the way for Kingston City Councilman Don White to be appointed as that city’s board representative.

  • Sewanee Street home burns

    A fire engulfed a vacated Harriman home at 417 Sewanee St. Thursday morning.

    “You could see the smoke from [fire]station 1,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said. “Station 2 could see it when they topped the hill at Sexton’s

    (Automotive). It is an unoccupied residence.”

    Goss said he believes the fire started at the front of the home.

    “We had to cut holes to ventilate,” he said. “The house is so dilapidated, the roof was falling in.”

  • Annexation legislation good news for Midtown businesses, residents

    Many Midtown business owners have made no secret that they have no desire to be annexed into any city limits.

    So a proposed state law that would require annexation be subject to approval by the majority of the residents in the proposed territory is particularly good news to their fight.

    Harriman most recently was looking down the commercial corridor of Hwy. 70 and received some outrage from a number of small business owners.

  • Ellis out for clerk, seeking re-election to commission seat

    Some changes took place last week in the race for Roane County circuit court clerk.

    Randy Ellis withdrew from the race, and Sarah E. Stewart turned in her petition.

    Ann Goldston, who currently works in the office as a deputy clerk, is the only other candidate to qualify for the race.

    Ron Berry, Raymond Murray and Darrell Wayne Sproles have picked up petitions, but had yet to turn them in, according to the Roane County Election Commission website.

    The filing deadline is April 3. The withdrawal deadline is April 10.

  • Loud nude lovers arrested for public intoxication

    While on routine patrol earlier this month, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyrel Lorenz reported finding a naked man and woman having sex in a parked truck on Old Everton Road.

    Teresa Gail Andrews, 45, and Stephen Ray Ausburn, 43, were charged with public intoxication and indecent exposure in the incident.

    Lorenz said the truck was parked partially in the road.

  • Plan for possible lane closures on I-40 at Harriman today, Tuesday

    Motorists traveling on Interstate 40 near the 347 mile marker at Harriman on March 24-25 are asked to be alert to possible lane closures.

    The lane closures are planned between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day as crews perform traffic shifts through an ongoing bridge repair project.

    Motorists are asked to use extreme caution through this area and be alert for slowed traffic and changed conditions.

    For more on travel conditions across Tennessee, visit www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 511 from any land line or cellphone.

    The Tennessee Department

  • Rockwood KARM thrift store marks official opening

    Knox Area Rescue Ministries will officially open its new Rockwood KARM Store on March 28.

    A store dedication and ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. in the store at 1496 N. Gateway Ave.

    KARM Stores offer gently used clothing, furniture and other household items.

    The Rockwood store is the 15th thrift store in the chain.

    “The KARM Stores are a valuable resource for the entire community,” said Knox Area Rescue Ministries President and CEO Burt Rosen.