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  • False alarm rules to be revived by Rockwood City Council

    An ordinance that would require a permit for alarm systems and fine repeated security false alarm offenders may have been tabled by

    Rockwood City Council, but officials are keen to see it back on the agenda in the future.

    Having an alarm go off and not knowing who to contact when they arrive is one reason Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright gave for having permits.

    “Sometimes we have alarms where we don’t have anyone listed as a responsible person to call,” Wright said.

    “That is the whole point, to make sure we have the documentation and the contacts for people to help us.”

  • Rockwood to send out texts in emergencies

    Want to help the police when they are looking for a suspect, a missing child or want to know when other emergencies are happening in the community?

    Rockwood Police Department is encouraging people to sign up for the wireless alert system to keep up with emergencies in the city. The system will send out text messages to alert residents of emergency information.

    “We want to make sure it is only used for emergencies, so when it does go off you see it and you do know it is an issue,” said Police Chief Danny Wright.

  • COLD!

    With frozen pipes, dead car batteries and frosty fingers, Roane County emerged from a polar vortex the likes of which had not been seen in two decades.

    It took everything TVA had to supply power to the region as temperatures dipped to the zero mark and wind chills well below that.

    Strain on the power system was so high that TVA initiated a rare power supply alert — a precautionary declaration that an unexpected shutdown of a transmission system or generating system could cause outages.

  • Nelson for judge, Ellis for clerk

    Kim Nelson’s tenure as Roane County circuit court clerk could be one term.

    This week, Nelson announced plans to run for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    “I’m preparing to run, and I have picked up papers to begin this process,” she said.

    Nelson was elected circuit court clerk in 2010. She replaced multi-term clerk Angela Randolph, who did not seek re-election that year.

    The race for judge will not include an incumbent, either.

  • Midtown gets more sewer aid

    Roane County has been awarded a Community Development Block Grant that will be used to provide sewer access to low-income residents in Midtown.

    “That’s a good thing for Roane County to be able to sewer another area of the county,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “It’s good for the citizens down there who were having problems with septic systems.”

    The state grant is for $487,067 and requires a $72,781 match from the county.

  • Fires keep Harriman officials busy

    Harriman firefighters put out a fire at an unoccupied home 212 Morgan St. early Sunday morning.

    It was the second fire there in the last couple of years, according to Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    “It appeared to be in the stairwell to the second floor,” Goss said.

    Another fire, at 421 Morgan St., was on Sunday, Dec. 29.

    No one was hurt in that late night fire that heavily damaged the home.

  • Fleischmann gears up for another run

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann is proud of his support for a recent budget deal passed by Congress. The bipartisan agreement passed the House 332-94 and the Senate 64-36.

    “It’s actually a major accomplishment to get a budget when you think that our country has been operating without a budget for so long,” said Fleischmann, whose 11-county 3rd Congressional District includes all of Roane County. “I think it was important to get us back on the right track.”

  • State group names McNew top volunteer

    The Tennessee Bar Association Young Lawyers Division has named Jack McNew of Harriman its CASA Volunteer of the Year.

    McNew has been a court-appointed special advocate volunteer for five years.

    He was instrumental in the formation of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District, the CASA agency serving Loudon, Morgan and Roane counties, and has served on its board of directors since 2009.

  • No school Wednesday, Jan. 8, in Roane County

    For the third consecutive day, Roane County Schools are closed Wednesday due to extreme cold weather.

    "We just called it," Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. “We still had three or four roads with icy conditions. There was also a real concern about the wind chill in the morning and students waiting out at the bus stop.”

    Most students are picked up in front of their homes, Aytes said, "but we have some areas where there are bus stops."

  • Rockwood hearing, session to address rezoning matters

    Rockwood City Council will meet in special-called session at 5 p.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall.

    In the session, which also includes a public hearing, the Council will consider and possibly take action on the second and final reading of an ordinance to rezone to change residential zoning categories for an area along West Strang Street, Trinity Avenue, Dunlap Avenue and Wheeler Street.

    When Council approved the first reading, some council members hesitated in casting a vote before being assured a public hearing would be held before final approval.