Local News

  • Downtown improvement plan solidified

    Empty and deteriorating buildings that take up part of a block on Roane Street in Harriman may not be far from a facelift.
    Mayor Chris Mason said city officials are almost ready to give the Harriman Housing Authority the nod to give the property’s owner, Fikret Gencay, notice to either come up with a plan of action to remedy the buildings’ problems or the buildings will be taken and given to someone who will.

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  • 'You've got you a monster': Rockwood council seizes control of water board

    Rockwood City Council officially wrested control of three city-owned utilities Tuesday by disbanding the board that governs them.

    By a 4-2 vote, council members approved an ordinance on second and final reading that puts the council and mayor over the operations of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas. The ordinance overwrites the city’s municipal code and allows all six council members and the mayor to sit as the board.

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  • First Operation REACH roadblock planned Saturday

    Fundraising efforts have begun for Operation REACH.

    A road block is planned for Saturday.

    Additional road blocks and other fundraising events are planned in the coming weeks, REACH president Bobby Collier said.

    REACH is an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday. The program, in its 35th year, gives less-fortunate children the chance to go Christmas shopping.

  • $1.2 million payout reached for 2008 oil well explosion

    A $1.2 million clean-up cost and civil penalties settlement has been reached between the owners and operators of an Oliver Springs oil well that exploded in March 2008 and the U.S. Department of Justice.

    The oil well explosion burned for days, spraying oil on nearby properties and forcing residents in the area to relocate until the fire was out.

    Daniel F. Potts and Walden Resources, LLC of Petros and ZTX Drilling LLC of Florida have entered into the settlement, said a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney William C. Killian.

  • Tax bill late, but payment better not be

    “The tax rate has not been set.”

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said that’s what she tells people who call her office to ask why they have yet to receive a property-tax bill.

    Eblen said another question she’s fielding is if the deadline to pay will be extended.

    The answer is no. The deadline is still Feb. 28.   

    “I do not have the power to extend it,” Eblen said. “I do not have the power to waive the penalties and interest.”

  • Free horse show draws attention to social causes

    People love horses.
    With that in mind, multiple groups and agencies are coming together to raise awareness about different outreach services offered in the county.
    The free event is being called the Tennessee All-Breed Charity Horse Show and Roane County Community Awareness Fair.
    It will take place this  Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Center at Roane State Community College.
    The horse show also will serve as a fundraiser for Lifeline scholarships and ElderWatch.

  • New sign dresses industrial park

    The Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood has a fresh look.
    The improvements, including a new sign, are meant to encourage new industry to the area and to show existing industries they are important to the community.
    A partnership between Harriman Utility Board, Rockwood Electric Utility and TVA paid for the new sign that sits just off Hwy. 27.

  • Surprise — county passes fuzzy budget

    Roane County Commission passed a $129 million budget resolution Monday night with no debate.

    That came as a shock to some of the commissioners who voted to do so.

    “I guess I went to sleep at the wheel, but that’s certainly not what I had in mind,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.

    Commissioners met in the special-called meeting to adopt the budget.