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  • After 50 years on board, McNelley steps down

    A longtime Rockwood planning commissioner and former Rockwood mayor has resigned from the Rockwood Board of Zoning and Planning Commission.

    He was put on the planning commission since shortly after World War II by Col. Clint H. Putman.

    “I worked with him to organize and put together the planning commission,” McNelley said. “It has been more than 50 years.”

    McNelley, 86, he decided to take a step back. He is continuing his role on the 911 board and his involvement in his church activities.

  • Changes for REU board mean former employees can serve

    Former employees can now sit on the Rockwood Electric Utility Board.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved first reading of an ordinance to allow retirees or former employees to be on the board that oversees the utility’s operation, including its budget, and potentially issues that impact retirees or former employees themselves.

    City Council members believe it will give the board the benefit of the former employees’ knowledge and expertise.

  • Horsehead Corp. fines for emissions

    Horsehead Corp. in Rockwood was cited by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for exceeding its permitted emission limits in December.

    It was fined $500.

    Its emissions of cadmium and chromium were above those allowed under its initial permit.

    Horsehead officials contend the emissions are below what is required to be protective, and that TDEC is currently amending the permit, company officials said.

  • Bigger building, more jobs: Blue Bell expanding Roane County facility

    Blue Bell Creameries is expanding its facility in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    The project will take the facility from 1,300 square feet to more than 12,000 square feet.

    Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said the expansion could mean more jobs.

    “They expect to create 14 new jobs total from their expansion in addition to the 10 they had before,” she said. “Right now they are at 18 and they expect to be at 24 by year’s end.”

  • Creswell new Roane Alliance CEO

    Wade Creswell will be the next president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    The organization’s board of directors selected him to succeed Leslie Henderson, who is retiring at the end of March.

    “I’m super excited about it,” Creswell said. “It’s a great opportunity. Hopefully I’ll get a chance to make a great difference in my community.”

    Henderson announced her retirement last year.

    Creswell said he looked into the job and became intrigued.

  • False alarm? You may be paying for it in Rockwood

    First reading of a Rockwood ordinance creating a permit requirement for alarm systems in the city and charging a penalty for excessive false alarms passed unanimously last week.

    “We have times where we get swamped by false alarms,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    “A lot of times we’re going to a house or business or the fire department is answering them where we have no idea who a responsible party is, whether we need to make entry if it is a medical alarm or not, somebody to get a-hold of,” Wright said.

  • Harriman charter changes to be up for discussion Tues.

    Whenever Harriman officials start talking about changing the city’s charter, even minor tweaks can spark debate.

    Harriman City Council is supposed to tackle the charter change discussion once again this Tuesday at its 7 p.m. meeting.

    Councilman Buddy Holley will present changes he’s made to a draft of the charter for the rest of council to consider.

    Likely to be discussed is making city treasurer and city attorney appointed posts. Both are presently elected.

  • County zoning request responses mixed

    Several zoning resolutions were on the agenda at last month’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    J. Baker Hamilton owns 162 acres of woodland along Roane State Hwy. across from Roane County Park. He wants to market the property as commercial and requested that it be rezoned from low-density residential to highway commercial.

    The planning commission approved the request in December. The commission approved it at the January meeting.

  • Sampson: Pain pill addiction problem almost ‘epidemic’

    Methamphetamine labs are one of the hot topics right now, but prescription pill abuse is one of the biggest drug problems in the state.

    “In fact, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are, after marijuana (and alcohol), the most commonly abused substances by Americans 14 and older,” according to the website www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/prescription-drugs.

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson wants to meet in a council workshop with state legislators and District Attorney Russell Johnson on how to curb the abuse.

  • Lowe’s worker charged with identity theft

    Harriman police charged a Lowe’s employee with identify theft last month.

    Ali Nelson is accused of attempting to open a Lowe’s credit card account in her ex-husband’s name.

    According to the arrest warrant, Michael Court contacted Harriman police about the matter on Jan. 9.

    “The victim said he recently received a notice from credit reporting agency Experian that someone attempted to open a credit card in his name at Lowe’s in Harriman, but the account was denied,” the warrant said.