Local News

  • Rockwood sewer improvements progressing

    Work is coming along on the  oxidation ditch at Rockwood, Water, Sewer and Natural Gas wastewater plant.
    The oxidation ditch is part of the utilities’ requirements under the Tennessee Environment and Conservation director’s order.
    “We are on schedule, and we haven’t lost any days to rain, believe it or not,” said utilities manager Kim Ramsey.
    The 330-day contract with J. Cumby Construction should be completed by June 13, 2014, but officials are optimistic it will be completed sooner.

  • Bellyache, fevers among fire calls

    Rockwood Fire Department personnel have responded to calls for assistance and ended up doing menial chores like checking the mail.
    A growing number of first-responder calls like that have officials worried that emergency resources are being wasted. They are evaluating what calls they should respond to.
    “We’ve had some issues here in the past, but they really got really bad here lately,” Rockwood Assistant Fire Chief Matt Crabtree said. “We are being dispatched to a lot of calls that don’t necessarily require our services.”

  • Merging schools eyed for savings

    As Roane County Schools ponder how to solve its financial crisis, some officials aren’t sold that consolidation is the answer to the problem.
    “If Roane County had to build a high school, how many pennies (on the county’s property-tax rate) would $40 million cost?” Commissioner Jerry Goddard asked during a recent budget committee meeting.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, chairman of the budget committee, estimated that a new high school could cost the county $40 million to $50 million.

  • Kingston funds head to county coffers

    One of the duties of a county executive is to look after the financial interests of the county.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody recently discovered that some of the local option sales tax revenue that should be going to the county is, instead, going to the city of Kingston.
    His due diligence could result in nearly $1 million going into county coffers over the next nine years.
    “The knowledge that we have, because of our understanding of the laws, helped Roane County Government,” Woody said.

  • Rockwood ready to sell industrial parcel

    Rockwood has set a minimum price for the Tenclo building, the name given to the industrial park tract owned by the city.
    A resolution giving the Rockwood Industrial Development Board permission to sell the property for no less than $175,000 was approved by Rockwood City Council recently.
    Roane Metals Group has expressed interest in the property and made an offer.

  • Animal shelters mend relations

    A short while ago Rockwood officials decided to end the city’s contract with Roane County Animal Shelter.
    City officials were upset they were getting billed for animals other than those brought by their animal control officer.
    That relationship has now mended, with Rockwood officials wanting to make a new contract with Roane County to deal with any overcrowding that may occur at Rockwood Animal Shelter. They hope to get approval of a new contract that would limit the animals the city paid for to those brought in by the animal control officer.

  • Bonuses for county workers?

    Elected officials will be allowed to grant employee bonuses if a resolution calling for such passes the Roane County Commission next week.
    “I hope it passes, because the county employees deserve it,” Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson said. “All of my deputy clerks work hard, and I would like to see them rewarded.”
    The commission meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at the courthouse in Kingston.
    The budget committee voted 4-0 on Aug. 28 to recommend the employee-bonus resolution to the full commission.


    Andrei Dume spent Wednesday’s good weather netting for gizzard shad off the old campground bridge of off Hwy. 70 in Caney Creek. Dume, a Kingston resident, planned to use the shad as bait for catfish.

  • TVA hikes power rates

    Electric customers can expect an increase in their rates this fall.
    TVA announced a 1.5 percent retail rate increase, which a news release said is the first in two years.
    Both Harriman Utility Board and Rockwood Electric Utility Board are passing those rate increases on to residential customers.
    “I think the first of October you’ll see increased electric rates,” said Rockwood Councilwoman Peggy Evans recently.