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  • Hard to know on Roane credit changes

    Standard & Poor’s upgraded Roane County’s credit rating from A+ to AA– last year.

    Could a downgrade be in store after the agency lowered the U.S. credit rating?

    “It’s possible, because the federal decreased, and they may just lump everybody together,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “However, they really rate you when you have a new issue, and we’re not anticipating anything.”

    Citing political gridlock in Congress, S&P downgraged the U.S. credit rating from AAA to AA+ last month.

  • Hooray for Harriman

    Even after their mock wrestling match at Hooray for Harriman, Chris Hart, in orange mask, and Bryson Ellis, still make their best wrestling faces. The outdoor activities for the popular festival were canceled due to heavy rain Monday, but wrestling and music continued indoors. See more photographs in the slideshow section.

  • Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano

    “As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the safety and security of the American public remains our highest priority.

    “While threats remain, our nation is stronger than it was on 9/11; more prepared to confront evolving threats, and more resilient than ever before.

  • Rockwood ends days of free pilot lighting

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas customers won’t be able to get their pilots lit for free anymore.

    Last year, from Sept. 20 until Oct. 29, the utility inspected and lit pilot lights at no charge, but the board approved raising that to a $15 fee from Sept. 19 to Oct. 21 this year.

    The remaining pilot-lighting fees are the same as the previous year.
    They are $25 from Oct. 21 through Nov. 24 and $40 from Nov. 23 onward.

  • Roane man convicted in old Illinois murder

    STAFF REPORTS
    A former Roane County man was convicted in an Illinois murder case last week.
    Robert  “Bobby” Bostic was on trial for the 1982 murder of Carlton Richmond.

    According to the Chicago Tribune, it took a jury three hours to find Bostic guilty.
    It took nearly three decades just to arrest him.

  • Fundraising effort could help hungry in Roane

    Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee’s Space to Erase Hunger will make it easier for the agency to feed people in its 18-county region that includes Roane.

    Second Harvest is relocating to a bigger facility next July, and it is raising money to develop the newly acquired Knoxville building into a suitable food bank facility.

    Teri Lux, in charge of corporate relations for Second Harvest, said the agency still needs $1.5 million for freezers in the new facility.

  • Rockwood water tank a source of leaks

    Rockwood’s water loss continues to be a problem, despite the identification of at least one problematic source.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Manager Kim Ramsey told the board recently that her crews have determined that a water tank is behind a large percentage of their loss.

    Repairs of the Roane County Industrial Park tank, however, are taking longer than expected because the issue was more complicated than first believed.

  • Meltdown for watchdog group?

    Employees not getting paid. Board members not happy with the setup of the organization and the executive director accusing members of undermining her behind the scenes.

    This is some of the turmoil facing the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committe

    The committee was established in 1991 to represent the communities affected most directly by Department of Energy activities in Oak Ridge. The organization is governed by officials from the different communities.

  • Up in the air

    Justin Dupass playfully tosses his 18-month-old daughter Isabella Rossi-Dupass up into the air during Kingston’s youth football practice recently at Gertrude Porter Park.

  • Late fees have city official seeing red

    Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans has publicly called for the termination of a pair of employees in city administration due to financial mistakes she has deemed inexcusable.

    Rockwood City Administrator Jim Hines and financial officer Joby Winter Lancaster were named specifically by Evans. The vice mayor said they and anyone else who was responsible for a list of late penalties and an unsigned $20,500 check should either resign, be terminated or come up with some other resolution acceptable to all parties.