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  • Correction to Aug. 2 edition

    The city of Rockwood hasn’t yet made any steps to impose a fee on yard sales, as was stated in the Aug. 2 issue of the Roane County News.
    Rockwood City Council approved returning the matter to the Rockwood Planning Commission for review.
    It was also said in the same issue that an amendment to Rockwood’s tattoo ordinance failed.
    Officials said the amendment did pass to remove the business hours limitation in the ordinance before the ordinance failed second reading in its entirety.
     

  • Sheila Lemons retires from courthouse
  • Harriman Housing chief ousted

    Harriman Housing Authority is looking for new leadership.
    Its board voted unanimously to terminate director Sheila Smith, who had been on administrative leave while an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing were explored.
    The board consists of chair Wayne Best, Mike Demyanovich, Alicia Harris, Alfrieda Forney and Maria Nelson.
    Smith was accused of favoring family, including her son, Zachary Christian, who, since 2011, has been in and out of an HHA residence despite alleged criminal activity.

  • Another Houston lawyer quits

    The displeasure Rocky Houston displayed with attorney Robert Kurtz during a hearing on July 8 was a sign of things to come.
    Kurtz was appointed that day to represent Houston in his federal firearms case. 
    “This man is ineffective,” Houston shouted in the courtroom. “I can’t work with this man.”
    Kurtz’s attempts to work with Houston over the next couple of weeks would prove unsuccessful.
    The lawyer filed a motion on Houston’s behalf on July 26 to review his appointment as counsel.

  • Tattoo battle dropped

    What can happen to one business can happen to any.
    That was among the concerns raised by Rockwood business owners who spoke out against proposed regulations  to  tattoo parlors in Rockwood, particularly limits to their hours.
    “If you can do it to them, you can do it to anybody,” said John Evans.
    The ordinance failed on its second reading last week, much to the relief of owners James and Alexis Spencer.
    “I think it is completely absolutely absurd,” James said.

  • Woman helps man stuck on train track

    John Binseel was proud when his wife, Barbara, gave a helping hand to a stranger recently.
    John Binseel said the couple had seen the wheelchair-bound man, who is missing a leg, earlier that day, but when they parked in downtown Rockwood later, they saw him again on nearby railroad tracks.
    “A wheel had fallen down next to the track, and he was stuck and couldn’t get out,” John said.
    His wife picked up the wheel and moved it.

  • Desired response

    Betty Foy of Renaissance Terrace was surprised with a flower bouquet and balloon to celebrate Make Someone Smile Week. Yellow flowers and balloons filled the halls and rooms thanks to Rosemary’s Florist. “People in the nursing homes are going through something life changing, so we wanted to get to them first,” said Misty Mangum with the flower shop.

    They brought in flowers and balloons to celebrate Make Someone Smile Week.
    The week, July 21-27, was sponsored by Teleflora, a flower delivery service.

  • Former Midway football coach has DUI charge

    FROM STAFF REPORTS
    Former Midway High School head football coach and current Sweetwater head coach Craig Moser has temporarily stepped down as coach of the Wildcats following a Monday, July 22, arrest in Loudon for allegedly driving under the influence.

    The arrest took place at 12:26 a.m. at the Marathon station off Hwy. 72 in Loudon.

  • Sheriff’s crime map helps keep the public informed

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is touting a new program that could help the public stay informed about crime in Roane County.  

    “The Roane County Sheriff’s Office now has an online crime map called RAIDS Online that maps and analyzes crime data, alerts Roane County citizens about crimes in their area, and allows the Roane County Sheriff’s Office to quickly alert the public about crimes as they occur,” the sheriff’s office said in a news release.

  • Prosecutions move on unabated

    Despite the overcrowding problems at the Roane County Jail, District Attorney General Russell Johnson said it will be business as usual for his office.
    “Obviously, that’s in the back of our mind as we work,” Johnson said about the overcrowding. “But we’re not going to change anything until we have a meeting that results in some significant policy change.”

    The jail has a certified capacity of 174 inmates.