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  • Rockwood OKs settlement; King out

    The controversial twists surrounding three of Rockwood’s public utilities took an Election Day turn that had nothing to do with what was happening at the polls.

    But even this turn — the settlement of a lawsuit that included releasing Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas General Manager Rod King from his contract of employment — wasn’t without its bumps.

  • Utilities controversy holding on

    Rockwood officials may have thought the tumult in recent months over ongoing changes at the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board were over now that former manager Rod King has vacated his position.

    They thought wrong.

    Since then there has been a police report filed naming a number of utility employees, and it appears not everyone is happy assistant manager Willard Mead was named interim manager.

  • Cross-country walker seeks to help vets

    On Sept. 16, John Ulstrom decided to take a walk.
    It would eventually lead him from his home in Desdemona, Texas, to Washington, D.C.
    Ulstrom, 63, passed through Roane County earlier this week while walking on the side of Hwy. 70, sporting his orange safety vest.
    He is walking for the nonprofit organization Our Forgotten Warriors to raise awareness for post-traumatic stress disorder and its impact on American veterans and soldiers reintegrating into society after service.

  • Unofficial precinct-by-precinct Election Day results for Roane County candidates
  • Hurley wins in Republican sweep

    By DAMON LAWRENCE
    and KATIE HOGIN

    The Republican wave that roared through the country Tuesday drowned Dennis Ferguson’s 18-year career in the Tennessee General Assembly.

    The incumbent Democrat from Midtown lost to Lenoir City Republican Julia Hurley in the race for the 32nd District seat in the State House of Representatives.

    “It’s just a tide that I couldn’t stop,” Ferguson told supporters during his concession speech.

  • Democrats consider how to proceed after drubbing

    Now is not just a time for Democrats on the national level to do some soul searching.

    Local Democrats face the same task.

    On Election Day, they saw their representation in Congress and the Tennessee General Assembly become all Republican.

    “It’s just very conservative times,” said Brad Parish, the Democrat executive committeeman for the 12th District.

    The country’s discontent with Democrats showed at the polls.

  • Committee seeks detonation plan

    Officials would like to see a policy for detonating explosives found in Roane County.

    The solid waste committee voted last week to have County Executive Ron Woody coordinate with the emergency management department and the Knox County bomb squad to come up with a plan.   

    “Then, I guess it will come back to the solid waste committee for us to make a recommendation on,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said.

    Ellis and Commissioner Benny East said the policy should be for explosives found in Roane County only.

  • Man charged with rape of 3-year-old

    A Roane County man faces a felony charge for an alleged sex crime against a toddler.

    William H. Waters of 213 Paint Rock Road is charged with one count of child rape.

    Waters, 31, was indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury last month.

    According to the indictment, the alleged crime happened in January when the victim was 3 years old.

    Waters allegedly sexually penetrated the victim.  

    Several other men were indicted on sex charges by the grand jury.

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