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  • Rockwood not over the Hill

    Sherry Hill was 27 when she served as the first president of the civic improvement group Rockwood 2000 in 1991.

    Hill, who was honored at a surprise reception Saturday, is still a force in improving all things Rockwood.

    “This has been a great surprise” said Hill said, who owns Live and Let Live Drug Store. “I really appreciate it.”

    The current board of directors, Mayor James Watts and Hill’s parents were all in attendance at what she just thought would be a meeting.

    Longtime friend Maurice Greif had kept everything under wraps since planning for the event began in October.

  • School funding pinch predicted

    Commissioners heard about issues facing the school system while board members listened to challenges that could impact local revenues during a joint meeting between the Roane County Commission and Board of Education last week.  

  • Weekly papers to end

    STAFF REPORTS
    A long, storied chapter in the journalistic history of Roane County will be coming to an end next month.
    After the Feb. 27 edition of the combined weekly newspaper Rockwood Times and Harriman Record goes out, the newspaper will be no more.
    The primary unique content — Josephine McKinney’s column ’Round Rockwood and Louise Warmley’s column Harriman Happenings —  will be moved into the Roane County News’ Monday edition, which the weekly subscribers will receive instead.

  • 911-dispatch office wants more money

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    With traditional revenue sources drying up, E-911 Director Mike Hooks says he needs more from the municipalities of Roane County.
    But with money tight, in the middle of a budget year, Kingston City Council members aren’t ready to pony up just yet. They heard Hooks’ request at a January work session and tabled it until at least February.

  • Alleged pill peddler indicted

    STAFF REPORTS
    People looking to obtain oxycodone on the black market in East Tennessee could find it more difficult.
    A man accused of selling it illegally has been indicted by the feds.
    Eric C. Hefner, 41, is in custody at the Blount County Jail in Maryville.
    According to federal court documents, Hefner was indicted on Jan. 10 on one count of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute oxycodone in the Eastern District of Tennessee. 

  • Housing grant could put walkways in Kingwood

    by MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    To quote Kingston Mayor Troy Beets: “There’s no money like free money.”

    And with grant season fast approaching, Kingston City Council members have ears perked, hands out and eyes wide open.

    At the January full council session, council members approved Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon as the engineering firm that will act as consultants for the city’s application for a federal Community Development Block Grant.

  • City officials reject boarding house proposal

    While it passed muster the first time, a second reading of an ordinance to allow boarding houses in a Harriman commercial district has failed.

    With four council members present and Councilmen Buddy Holley and Chase Tedder absent, Councilman J.D. Sampson’s dissent was enough to stop the ordinance because of a lack of two-thirds majority.

  • Harriman eyes downtown grants

    For many years, Harriman Utility Board has used Community Development Block Grant funds to continue its work to rehabilitate the sewer system.

    This year, it looks like the city is planning on applying for funds to improve downtown, possibly through a loan program to improve building facades.

    “I do want to try and use it to enhance the downtown and make it more user friendly in terms of parking, removing blight or a facade program,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • Table tennis at Kingston Community Center

     

    Brothers Tony and Louis Capozzi, who lives in Kingston and Lenoir City, play a spirited game of doubles’ table tennis at the Kingston Community Center.

  • Honoring King