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  • 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.

  • Belgian student drawn to lake, American TV

    When Geraldine Tanghe graduated from high school in Belgium, she didn’t know what to do next.

    “I didn’t really know what I wanted to study in college,” she said. “I thought it would be a good idea to take a break.”

    She eventually decided to do the student exchange program and found herself at Kingston’s Roane County High School.

    Tanghe doesn’t have the hesitant English that many exchange students exhibit, facing unfamiliarity with the language and the obvious twangy lilt that Southerners throw into it.

  • 2008 jail, Siteworx suit may be at end

    A nearly six-year-old lawsuit filed by Brian Mullins of Siteworx LLC could be on the verge of getting dismissed.

    “We’ve tried everything we can do to get the case prepared for trial, but the plaintiff just needs to get their legal counsel set to move forward,” Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said.

  • No boom in bldg. permit revenues over past few years

    Building permit revenue hasn’t boomed since the Roane County Codes Enforcement and Zoning Office moved to the white house on Third Street in Kingston.

    It actually dipped in the years following the move before ticking back up last year.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said that’s because market conditions, not the location of the Codes Enforcement and Zoning Office, dictates the demand for building permits.

    “Your revenue is based upon the need, and the need is based upon the economy,” Woody said.

  • Brummett resigns from OS office

    For several years, James Brummett has worn two hats — alderman in Oliver Springs, and chairman of the Roane County Commission.

    That dual role came to an end Thursday, when the Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen approved his immediate resignation from that governmental body.

    “I just feel I need to step back,” Brummett said Friday.

    His leadership role on the Roane County Commission, which he’s chaired since 2010, helped make the decision.

  • ELECTION 2014: Qualifying petitions picked up by 4 p.m. Jan. 3

    Qualifying petitions PICKED UP from the Roane County Election Commission as of 4 p.m. Friday:

    32nd District
    Republican Primary

    • Kent D. Calfee*

    • Frank V. Williams*

    Part 1

    • Jeffery Hill Wicks*
    Part 2
    • Dennis W. Humphrey*

    • Mike Farmer

  • Busy first day for election petitions

    Mike Farmer wants another shot at the office he got voted out of in 2010.

    On Friday, the former Roane County executive was one of 16 people who picked up qualifying petitions to run for office in the Aug. 7 county General Election and state primary.

    Friday was the first day candidates could do so.

    Though the list of hopefuls looks long to the casual observer, it’s “about average for the first day,” Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

  • Schools closed Tuesday, Jan. 7

    Dut to winter weather, Roane County Schools will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 7.

    It will be second day frigid weather has forced schools to be closed.


    ArcelorMittal is reopening its Harriman long-product finishing facility that closed in 2011.

    One of the world’s leading steel companies on Thursday announced its goal to be fully operational by April 2014, hiring 61 employees over the next two years.

    “Working hard to bring them back, we at The Roane Alliance are very happy of ArcelorMittal’s decision,” said Darrell Williams, The Roane Alliance’s vice president of business development.

  • DA wants Smoot back behind bars

    The District Attorney General’s Office sought to revoke accused killer Shawn Smoot’s bond because of a stalking allegation levied against him in Knox County.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said the motion he filed attempting to do so didn’t go anywhere.

    “We anticipated doing that, but when you have a witness who says I’m not interested in coming to testify, it’s a little hard to carry your burden of proof,” Reedy said Thursday.