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  • Woody seeks to reverse Rose, Stout pay cut

    One of Ron Woody’s first actions as county executive was cutting the salaries of Howie Rose and Scott Stout by 9 percent.

    Now Woody wants to change what has been done.  

    He’s submitted a resolution for the Jan. 10 commission meeting that asks for Rose and Stout, who work in the county’s Office of Emergency Services, to be returned to their previous pay grades.

    The resolution said the two men have worked diligently.

  • Nearly 100 sex offenders call Roane home

    Know where your loved ones are at all times.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said that’s his advice for people who have a sex offender living in their neighborhood.  

    “Particularly if you have children,” Stockton said. “Always know where they are.”

    A search of the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry shows 91 sex offenders living in Roane County.

    That’s more than Loudon (79), but less than Cumberland (114).

  • 'NCIS' storyline puts Watson in spotlight

    It’s been a big year for Roane County’s resident thespian.

    Muse Watson, the actor who calls the area home and whose passion for the arts helped save Harriman’s Princess Theater, spent the majority of 2010 working steadily in California.

    “We have a home out there, and so we’re out there 90 percent of the time,” he said during a recent pre-holiday respite in his Harriman home. “We used to spend a third of the year here in Roane County.”

  • Midway Middle construction under way

    Midway Middle School recently broke ground to complete a 94-foot competition-ready gymnasium with a lobby and concessions.


    Other work includes adding a kitchen to the cafeteria, allowing school food workers to prepare meals onsite.


    At present, food is prepared at nearby Midway Elementary School and taken to the middle school to be served.


    The new construction and additions are funded through reparation money TVA is paying the county for the 2008 fly ash catastrophe at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Rockwood woman hurt in fire dies on Christmas Eve

    A 60-year-old Rockwood woman who was injured in a house fire a few weeks ago died on Christmas Eve.

    Firefighters rescued Inez Newman from a home on Trinity Avenue in Rockwood on Dec. 12.

    Rockwood Fire Chief Mike Wertz said on Thursday he was uncertain about the cause of her death.

    He said in initial fire reports that Newman suffered burns and heavy smoke inhalation during the fire.

  • 11 for 2011: A look ahead at top stories of the new year.

    Retrospectives are easy.  This year, we are looking to the future to anticipate, in no particular order, the top 11 stories of 2011.

  • 'Repulsive' lawyer wins again

    Attorney Chris Cawood got some good news a few days before Christmas.
    He came out victorious in his latest legal battle with the Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility.
    The board sought to have Cawood disciplined for a sexual tryst he had with two women in his law office.
    The board’s own hearing panel and a judge determined no discipline was warranted.
    Instead of dropping the matter, the board appealed to the Tennessee Supreme Court.

  • Gypsum-selling efforts still a no-go at Kingston Fossil Plant

    Ponds aren’t always the final resting place for gypsum produced at TVA’s coal-fired power plants.
    John Kammeyer, TVA’s vice president of coal combustion products, said the gypsum produced at the Cumberland Fossil Plant is sold and used to make wallboard.
    “Here at Kingston, it’s being pumped out to this big pond,” Kammeyer said.
    That was before the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation ordered TVA to stop using the gypsum pond.
    A leak was discovered in the pond on Dec. 15.

  • White Christmas to be followed by warmup

    Roane Countians got to revel in a white Christmas on Saturday — even if it was only for a while.
    Snow fell across the county.
    David Hotz, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Morristown, said the amounts varied throughout East Tennessee.  
    “Roane County, I think, was more between like 1 to 2 inches,” he said. “I think maybe the southern part of Roane County picked up a little bit more than that. If you go down to Chattanooga, they had more like between 4 and 6 inches.”

  • Hopes of Harriman run with Channel 15

    Channel 15, Harriman’s new government access channel has the capabilities to put on quite a production.
    Bill Landry, known for his narration and other roles with “The Heartland Series,” said the station has the same level of equipment as some professional outfits.
    “This is as good equipment as (Knoxville’s) Channel 10 has; it just doesn’t have as much,” Landry said.