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  • Eureka land sale stopped

    State property records list the Roane County Board of Education as the owner of 2.32 acres of vacant land on Eureka Road.
    Apparently, they are wrong.
    Director of Schools Gary Aytes said further research has revealed that the board doesn’t own the property. That’s why the board scrapped plans to sell it at auction.

  • Johnson to head TVA on Jan. 1

    TVA will soon have a new chief.

    William D. Johnson, former chairman, president and chief executive officer of Progress Energy Inc., will become president and CEO of the $11 billion federal agency effective Jan. 1.

    This week the TVA Board of Directors announced that Johnson, 58, will succeed Tom Kilgore, 64, who has served as TVA’s first president and CEO since 2006.

  • City debates leftover TVA funds

    Rockwood officials will be voting Thursday on what they would like to do with the remainder of the TVA funds they have to request through the Roane County Economic Development Foundation.

    Mayor James Watts said the city has several projects to consider for the more than $600,000 left.

    One of them involves  giving several hundred thousand dollars to the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas department to deal with infiltration into the water and sewer systems and for line replacement.

  • Rockwood cleaning up insurance quagmire

    Rockwood’s city hall was once a swinging door for insurance salespeople, who approached employees with life insurance and other policies not related to the city-provided health insurance.

    “We started opening doors and letting a dozen insurance people come through here,” Mayor James Watts said.

    The city began helping its employees by having automatic payroll deductions to pay for these policies, a practice that has now resulted in confusion according to city officials.

  • Liquor sales defeated in OS; Calfee holds onto strong lead with 96 percent of votes in

    24 of 25 precincts reporting

     

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    President and Vice President of the United States

    Electors for MITT ROMNEY and PAUL RYAN 14,719

    Electors for BARACK OBAMA and JOE BIDEN 6,014

    Electors for VIRGIL GOODE and JIM CLYMER 72

    Electors for JILL STEIN and CHERI HONKALA 50

  • Program aims to protect voter rights

    Assistant U.S. Attorney Perry H. Piper will lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s office, in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program, for the upcoming Nov. 6 general elections.

    Piper has been appointed to serve as the district election officer for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

    In that capacity, he is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights abuses in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.

  • Polk Salad Fest, Pageant end reign

    The popular springtime festival at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park is being retired.

    David Webb, the park’s namesake, has helmed the festival since its inception in 2008, when it spun off from the initial Miss Polk Salad pageant.

    “We are trying to encourage him to do things for himself. He’s 76 years old, and he needs to be having some fun,” said Webb’s daughter, Debbie Mee.

    “We just want him to have more time with family. It is hard for him, but he knows it is the best thing.”

  • Relay for Life gears up for '13

    Roane County’s Relay for Life exceeded its 2012 goal of $52,000, instead raising around $60,000.

    With that in mind, and a goal of increasing the number of teams, coordinators for the American Cancer Society fundraiser have set an even higher goal next year of $75,000.

    “The kind of overall theme of Relay is ‘dream big, hope big and Relay big,’ so in Roane County we’re planning big,” said chairwoman Fran Puckett.

    Kickoff is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in Rockwood First Presbyterian Church.

  • Meth labs busted

    Jennifer Mathieu asked if she could retrieve some underclothes when deputies showed up to arrest her on a theft warrant last Thursday.

    Her request led to more trouble.

  • Decision 2012: Republicans working to color blue states

    For those who want to see President Obama defeated on Election Day, Tennessee is not the state they have to worry about.

    “It’s clearly a red state,” U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann said.

    That’s why members of the Roane County Tea Party have spent time in battleground states this election season.

    “I spent the weekend in Ohio two weeks ago going door-to-door,” Co-Chairman Gary Johnston said.