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Local News

  • Kingston/Rockwood Waterline Interconnect finished

  • LOC fate still up in air

    More time.
    Steve Kelley said that’s what’s needed before the Roane County Commission can vote on an interlocal agreement that calls for cooperation amongst several counties on issues related to U.S. Department of Energy activities in Oak Ridge.
    The resolution to approve the agreement appeared on the commission’s Nov. 14 agenda.
    Kelley, a commissioner and Oak Ridge resident, recommended the commission postpone the matter for 60 days. It was approved unanimously.

  • Rockwood Christmas Parade postponed Monday

    The Rockwood Christmas parade scheduled for 7 p.m. today, Monday, has been postponed due to forecasted bad weather set to hit the city this evening.

    It has been rescheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8.

  • Out of the audit loop leaves official miffed

    Rockwood officials want to tackle the problems addressed in a city audit head on.

    Rockwood City Councilman Bill Thompson has asked for a meeting this month auditors to address some of the problems he took affront to because they were never addressed by council.

    Thompson is adamant council is part of city management and needs to address the issues brought up at a Nov. 21 meeting.

    “A lot of things were talked about,” he said. “A lot of things were not resolved.”

  • Things quiet at permit hearing for distribution facility in Roane

    No one from the public spoke at a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation hearing at The Roane Alliance last Thursday.

    The hearing was held to give the public a chance to comment on an application for a state water quality permit for CPD Development Inc.

    The permit is for the construction of a major vehicle parts distribution facility in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    CPD has ties to Panattoni Development Co., which specializes in industrial projects.   

  • Harriman man may be new DDR recordholder

    The Guinness Book of World Records entry for a Dance Dance Revolution marathon has been blown out of the water.

    Harriman’s Travis Houk said he completed a staggering 40 hours, 2 minutes and 12 seconds dancing with the computer game during an event at Zuma Fun Center in Knoxville.

    If Guinness accepts the  28-year-old’s entry, it will replace the currently-held record of 15 hours, 17 minutes and 44 seconds.

  • EMS workers resign amid probe

    The county received resignations from a group of ambulance department employees last week.
    County Executive Ron Woody would not confirm or deny if the employees were seen drinking at an area restaurant while in uniform.
    “I got a call saying ‘Ronnie, we had a complaint, we started an investigation, we’re going to have some resignations,’” he said.
    Woody said five employees — three full-time and two part-time — were the subject of the investigation.

  • Building at auction, bank staying put

    The building that holds the Regions Bank in downtown Harriman is being auctioned off along with six other Regions locations in Illinois, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and Texas.

    Signs announcing the auction, which will be at 4 p.m. Dec. 14 for the Harriman location, said the bank will remain open.

    Bank branch manager Ted Meredith said the bank doesn’t own the building, but the sale shouldn’t change business.

    “They are going to honor our lease,” he said. “We’re not going anywhere.”

  • Hospital construction right on schedule

    Construction crews at the new Roane Medical Center campus are busier than ever with major construction milestones near completion.

    With mass grading nearly complete, the 64 acres of land have been recontoured and leveled to accommodate the 155,000-square-foot medical center campus that will include a state-of-the-art hospital, an adjacent new medical office building and large and easily accessible parking areas.

    Steel construction is under way with crews anticipating completion by early December.

  • Indestructible: The story of a dog named Darth

    Darth, a coal-black pug mix with amber eyes, seems to have been born to be a survivor.
    His mother — swollen with pregnancy — was one of dozens of dogs removed from deplorable conditions at a Poland Hollow Road puppy mill two years ago. She landed in a foster home with Rhonda Whalen of Roane County.
    Whalen had the dog four days before the puppies — nine of them — were born.
    The point of fostering dogs is to find them good homes, and Whalen works with rescue organizations and others to do just that.
    Darth, the biggest of the puppies in that litter, was still with Whalen this summer.