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  • Judge to Leon: No more lawsuits

    Frivolous.

    That’s how attorney Frank Vettori described Leon Houston’s latest lawsuit against Roane County.

    “I have to charge Roane County for my services, and it doesn’t seem fair to Roane County to have to continue to pay for these kinds of lawsuits,” Vettori said Friday.

    Senior Judge Don Harris agreed. Not only did he dismiss the lawsuit, he also severely hampered Leon’s ability to bring future actions against the county.  

  • Rockwood looking at 15% hike in water rates

    The proposed Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board water and sewer rate increases are higher than first projected earlier this month.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board will convene in a special-called meeting at 10 a.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall to consider a resolution recommending rate increases of 15 percent for water and 22.5 percent for sewer.

    Both increases, if approved, will become effective Feb. 1.

    A resolution to amend the utilities’ 2010-11 budget will also be discussed.

  • Harriman OKs motel tax boost for Expo Center

    Harriman hotel owners know who helps pay their bills.

    That’s why they’re supporting steps to help the Roane State Henry/Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center.

    Roane State Community College President Gary Goff has asked area governments to increase their hotel/motel taxes, with the difference going to support the Expo. Despite cuts, he said the operation is still expecting a shortfall between $75,000-$100,000.

  • Son threatens to burn dad's home

    A man sought help from authorities on Dec. 15 after his son reportedly poured gas on the house and threatened to burn it down.  

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home on 1678 Old Harriman Hwy.

    Dispatch told the Blair Volunteer Fire Department to be on standby “in case it goes bad.” The fire department was later told they could stand down.

    Michael Allen Brown, 34, was arrested and charged with domestic assault, criminal attempt and vandalism.

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  • Snow days hamper exams, affect lunch foods

    Students who missed mid-year tests last week because of the inclement weather and school closings have more time to study — or to forget what they’ve been taught.

    “It will be after we come back in January,” Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff confirmed about the test schedules.

    “It will not be the first day back,” she added. “They can have all of Christmas (vacation) to study.”

    McGriff said the exact days exams will be made up is not decided.

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  • Harriman wants to open dialogue on urban growth

    Roane County and its communities may soon meet for the first time in years to discuss their urban growth boundaries.

    Harriman Councilman Lonnie Wright made the motion to have Mayor Chris Mason request a meeting of the coordinating committee.

    The committee is a group of selected representatives from each community and the county who work together to reach agreement on changes to the urban growth boundary map.  

  • Dyllis area families get holiday food help from TVA

    Some needy students should have plenty to eat over the Christmas break, thanks to the efforts of TVA employees.

    Cynthia McCowan, a program administrator for the agency, said the workers were instrumental in helping meet a request for 22 food baskets from Dyllis Elementary School.

    The plastic containers were filled with food and delivered to the school last week.   

  • Pine Ridge getting traffic light

    Dealing with a backup of traffic trying to exit Interstate 40 in Midtown may be a thing of the past.

    The Harriman City Council accepted an offer by the state to install a traffic light at the mile marker 350 westbound exit at Pine Ridge Road.

    Mayor Chris Mason said the state did a study of the interchange and offered to install a traffic light. The city would be responsible for its maintenance.

    When that light will be installed is not certain at press time.

  • Correction

    In the Monday, Dec. 13, issue of Roane County News, Kaylee Patterson was misidentified as Sara Hamby in the Walnut Hill Elementary Christmas program photo on page 1.