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  • REU unveils new energy program

    Somewhere out there, a neighbor is logging into the Internet to turn off her water heater.
    Another is using his smart phone to turn down his thermostat.
    Using special utility technology they didn’t directly spend a dime on, they are saving themselves — and very likely, you — money.
    It’s all part of Rockwood Electric Utility’s Smart Energy program.
    This year, REU has been recruiting electric customers to get about 100 to participate in this pilot program.

  • Students get taste of civics

    A career in government is not in Kyle McGee’s immediate plans, but the Oliver Springs High School senior did find value in Thursday’s Roane County Student Government Day.
    “I’m liking it a lot,” he said. “I’m actually learning quite a bit about the local government that I didn’t know already.”
    Matt Snow, a junior at Harriman High School, said he was also enjoying the experience.
    “I’ve learned some things about what goes on over here,” he said.

  • Early-voting period to end Thursday, Nov. 1

    Voters in Roane County continue to show their support for the flexibility and convenience of early voting.
    Through the first seven days of early voting period, 6,413 of voters have cast their ballots.
    “Roane County voters are making it clear they want their voices to be heard in this election,” said Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway. “We are hopeful that even more voters will decide to take advantage of early voting over the next several days.”

  • Deputy’s resignation impacts court cases

    Criminal cases in which  former Roane County sheriff’s deputy Derek Kennedy was the arresting officer could end up getting dismissed.
    “If there was another officer that observed or had some involvement and can prosecute the case, then we’ll go forward with it,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said. “If it’s a stand-alone case, just on Derek Kennedy’s testimony, then those cases we’ll have to dismiss probably, depending on whether we get Derek in and what the facts of the case are.”

  • Pinnacle Pointe access an issue with potential new businesses

    A street in the Pinnacle Pointe shopping development in central Roane County is another step closer to being opened to other parcels.

    Pinnacle Drive, which is part of litigation between the city of Harriman and developers over who owes whom for public and private work done at the development, has been a hot topic since the owner of a neighboring parcel has requested help in getting access to the shopping complex.

    The city is moving forward with the steps needed to condemn the Midtown-area property between the road and that owner’s land.

  • Ruppe rewarded for job well done

    Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe got a bump in pay from a grateful Rockwood City Council that feels she has gone beyond the call of duty to get the city’s finances improved.

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a $5,000-increase in pay that officials said would not require adjustments to the budget.

    Councilman Bill Thompson gave Ruppe the biggest thump on the back with his praise for her work.

    “Since February, there has been a lot of things happen around here, and I think they have been good things,” Thompson said.

  • More trouble for embattled lawyer

    Attorney Spence Bruner of Roane County could find himself in more trouble following Tuesday’s decision by the Court of Criminal Appeals to hold him in contempt of court.

    “The Board of Professional Responsibility will be notified,” Judge Joseph M. Tipton said.

    The Board of Professional Responsibility oversees the conduct of attorneys for the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    Bruner has been disciplined by the board on several occasions.

  • Lee resigns from board

    Eddie Lee’s resignation from the Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas Board was unanimously approved by Rockwood City Council Monday.
    Lee, whose personal troubles became apparent in August when he pleaded guilty to three counts of sales tax evasion for his three businesses, Big E’s Quick Mart in Rockwood, the Go Mart, Harriman, and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston, was asked to resign prior to Monday’s meeting.
    In a letter, Lee thanked the city and ratepayers and said it was an honor to serve them.

  • 11-year-old shoots elk

    An 11-year-old Rockwood boy had a lot to brag about last Wednesday when he brought photos of a recent hunting trip to basketball practice to show to his coach and teammates.
    Corbin Moore had become the first youth to legally harvest an elk in Tennessee since the majestic animals were restored to the state 12 years ago.
    Moore, who goes to school in Oakdale, was drawn for one of five tags for Tennessee’s fourth managed elk hunt Oct. 15-19 on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area.

  • Lawyer sentenced to 10 days in jail

    A three-judge panel of the Court of Criminal Appeals found Roane County attorney Spence Bruner in contempt of court on Tuesday.
    “We just feel obligated,” Judge Joseph M. Tipton said. “There’s been such a long time of just willful neglect of your responsibility to this court.”
    Bruner was ordered to serve 10 days in jail, pay a $50 fine and court costs.
    The jail time will be suspended if he pays the fine and costs within 30 days.