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  • Ex-assessor hopeful in altercation

    Steven Robinette, a mixed martial arts instructor and former candidate for county property assessor, was involved in an altercation outside a Mexican restaurant in Rockwood on Oct. 19.

    According to a Rockwood Police Department report, Robinette showed up at the station at 2:30 a.m., and wanted to talk about an assault that occurred at the restaurant.

    “Steven stated he had been inside eating and had gotten into his vehicle,” the report said.

  • What if an audit isn’t in on time?

    While officials have taken retired city recorder Jim Hines to task for the turnaround on the audit, the state has little power to enforce when the municipality completes its audit.

    Community members have taken to Facebook to discuss Rockwood recently, and one post by John Evans, Vice Mayor Peggy Evans’ son, encouraged people to contact the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury because of concerns about some of the audit findings and the delay in completion.

  • Outstanding Volunteer 2011: Anita King’s works earns props from Southeastern Aging Network

    Anita King has worked tirelessly with her husband Earle King for 23 years to help elderly East Tennesseans in the Public Guardianship program through the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency.

    Her dedication was recently honored with the Outstanding Volunteer in Aging Award at the Southeastern Aging Network Conference in Memphis.

    Anita King has done more than 17,000 hours of volunteer service and recruited, organized, trained and supervised 25 Public Guardianship Volunteers, but she believes so many others deserve more credit than she.

  • No surprises on budget committee

    There was no surprises last Monday night when the Roane County Commission took up a resolution electing the membership of the budget committee.

    The vote to appoint Commissioners Copper Bacon, Bobby Collier, Jerry Goddard and Steve Kelley to the committee was unanimous.

    At the September meeting, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Commissioner Ron Berry shocked him when he abruptly withdrew from consideration when the resolution came up for discussion.

    That prompted Woody to withdraw the resolution.  

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  • Second ash-spill trial called off

    An agreement between plaintiffs attorneys and TVA nullifies the need for a second ash spill trial in November.
    The parties agreed to adopt the record produced at the trial that concluded on Oct. 12.
    “It is the parties’ intent in entering into this stipulation to promote judicial economy, to avoid the expense of a lengthy trial on issues litigated in related proceedings, and to avoid the potential of inconsistent rulings,” a court filing on the agreement said.

  • Rockwood recall petitions issued

    Rockwood residents who want to see Mayor James Watts and Councilwoman Jane Long ousted can now put their names on recall petitions for the two.
    The Roane County Election Commission approved the final wording of the petition at a special-called meeting on Monday, Oct. 17.
    Election administrator Charles Holiway made only one change to the petition other than what was recommended by the full commission — that was to add the Tennessee Code Annotated Section 2-5-151, which supersedes the city’s charter.

  • Burned-out house sparks action

    Carter Street residents troubled by the charred remains of a neighboring home will soon have their hopes answered.
    The Harriman City Council voted to demolish what is left of the structure at 316 Carter St., where fire more than a year ago heavily damaged the home.
    The building may be gone as soon as the end of the year, thanks to the vote last week.
    “It will make that neighborhood pretty happy down there,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt.
    Neighbors had complained to council members about the home owned by Carolyn Daniels.

  • Oliver Springs’ October Sky Fall Festival is Saturday

    Oliver Springs is having its fifth October Sky Fall Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The festival plays off the popular movie of the same name, much of which was shot there.
    This year’s festival includes a 5K race, food and craft vendors, car and quilt shows, live music throughout the day, rocket launch, a historical tour of the town and a re-enactment of the infamous Pony Cash shootout.