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  • Rockwood airport fool’s gold?

    Not everyone on Rockwood City Council has the same vision for the Rockwood Municipal Airport.
    Its staunchest supporter, Councilwoman Peggy Evans, believes if the city can come up with a $75,000 match for $750,000, that the airport could have T-hangers and other buildings to rent and could be a hub for a business distribution center such as Fed-Ex, creating revenue and job opportunities.

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  • Changes sought in Plateau Park relationship

    Ron Woody said he’s not opposed to multi-county partnerships.

    “But I think it should be an equal distribution of the rewards,” he said. The way Woody sees it, the Plateau Partnership Park doesn’t provide for that.  

    “Everybody is using our money and theirs, but we’re getting very little benefit from it, as opposed to at least what Cumberland County is getting,” Woody said.

  • Kingston leads way on election changes

    By TERRI LIKENS
    & CINDY SIMPSON

    A movement that began in Kingston could lead to some election changes — and leave more money in city coffers.

    Kingston City Councilman Tim Neal has been pushing for a referendum to change the municipal election cycle in Kingston to coincide with state and national elections.

    “It was a no-brainer with the amount of money we spend on the elections every two years,” Neal said.

  • Suspect charged in armed robbery

    Kingston police arrested a juvenile for an armed robbery that occurred last month.

    Police Chief Jim Washam said the teen suspect is from Knoxville.

    “We charged him late Friday night,” Washam said.

    The robbery occurred on Jan. 15 at the Budget Inn on Gallaher Road.

    The suspect allegedly walked into the motel and put a gun to the clerk’s head.  
    Last week police put out a press release asking for the public’s help in solving the case.

  • County to seek payment in chlorine leak

    Someone could have to pay for the chlorine leak that occurred at Marjorie Dodd’s property last spring.

    The county said it incurred $21,895 in expenses for the emergency response.

    A resolution on the County Commission’s Feb. 14 agenda asks County Attorney Tom McFarland to take the necessary steps to recover the costs.

    The incident occurred on Poland Hollow Road. Officials said Dodd’s son, David, drilled a hole in a chlorine cylinder because he wanted to sell it for scrap.

  • Roane County News website now subscription based

    The Roane County News’ website, www.roanecounty.com, transitioned to a subscription-based news and information site effective Monday, Feb. 21.

    We’ll offer our valued newspaper subscribers complete access to all of the news and features currently in our print product, plus a number of online-only features such as videos, slideshows, reader interaction and more.

    A digital version of every issue of the newspaper will also be available to subscribers online.

  • Leaders, legislators discuss issues at breakfast

    A standing-room-only crowd attended the annual Legislative Breakfast with state Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Julia Hurley on Feb. 2.

    The breakfast was co-sponsored by The Roane Alliance and the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s legislative committee.

    “The breakfast provides an opportunity for business and community leaders to have an informal discussion with their state legislators on issues of

  • OR's Ritter suspended from law practice

    Oak Ridge attorney Mike Ritter has been temporarily suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

    According to the Board of Professional Responsibility, the court suspended Ritter for failing to respond to the board about a complaint of misconduct.

    The board said court rules call for the immediate suspension of an attorney who does that.