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  • A taxing errand
  • Decision 2012: Dates to Note in This Election Year
  • Crowning Miss Valentine
  • Rockwood dept. head on leave

    Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce is on administrative leave without pay while city officials look into some credit card charges that auditors said warranted further investigation.

    Mayor James Watts said Pierce was placed on leave Friday after officials learned of the credit card charges in a preliminary meeting with auditors to work on completion of the 2011 fiscal year audit.

  • Attorney says school board has power to sell old buildings

    The Roane County Board of Education passed a resolution last year asking for the County Commission’s permission to sell the Walnut Hill Elementary School building and use the proceeds to make improvements at other facilities in the school system.

    According to school board attorney Charles Cagle, permission to sell the building is not needed. Based on that opinion, the board rescinded the resolution last Thursday and plans to move forward with the sell of Walnut Hill.   

  • Luke Brandon 1925-2012: Rockwood guitarist’s death silences a lifetime of music

    Rockwood native and celebrated musician Luther Brandon lived a lifetime filled with music.

    The 87-year-old musician, who mostly played guitar, died Wednesday in Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge.

    He’d spent his lifetime making music with entertainers from Archie Campbell to Vince Gill, often going on the road with the biggest names.

  • New ruling may affect Kingston sewer grant plans

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston’s plans to use leftover grant funds from the Gallaher Road sewer project to fix other sewer line issues may have snagged due to policy changes, Kingston City Council members learned at the monthly February council session last
    week.

  • Wording discrepancy clouds fire chief issue

    Charlie Redwine wanted the five volunteer fire chiefs to have input on how the Roane County Fire Department spent money. The County Commission that created the department apparently wanted that as well. 
    “That way, everybody could share in the decision making,” former commissioner Mike Hooks said Wednesday.
    The commission unanimously approved the resolution that created the Roane County Fire Department on June 9, 2008. The powers and duties of the department were delegated to the Office of Emergency Services.

  • Harriman officials debate forgiveness

    Harriman City Council recently forgave a lien on a piece of property for a man who lived nearby and had been taking care of its upkeep. The man requested the forgiveness before he purchased the property.
    At the time, it made sense to officials, who appreciated that the city hadn’t had to take care of the property for so long.

  • Roane may have local state rep choice

    Kent Calfee, a former Roane County commissioner, is seeking the Republican nomination for the 32nd District House of Representatives seat.
    He addressed commissioners at their monthly meeting on Monday.
    “If I’m elected, I’ll certainly be in Nashville to work for you all,” Calfee said. “If you have some bills that need to be carried down there, I will certainly do that.”  
    Calfee said he served on the commission from 1986-2006.