Local News

  • Who will pick Rockwood's utilities head?

    Rockwood City Council laid the groundwork last week toward bringing a newly appointed Rockwood Water Sewer and Gas Board and general manager closer to reality.

    The council is set to meet at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in a workshop session to look at applications to fill the general manager position.

    The meeting comes on the heels of council’s initial approval of an ordinance to re-establish the board. The ordinance must meet council approval on second reading before it is enacted.

  • Austin critic in favor of restoring rights

    Former judge Thomas Austin declined to discuss why he feels he’s entitled to his citizenship rights back.  

    “I don’t have any comment about that because my lawyer is handling it for me,” Austin said Friday.

    “He told me not to comment to anybody, so I’m going to listen to my lawyer,” he added. “That’s what I’m paying him for.”

    Austin’s attorney is Browder Williams. He said Austin is seeking to have his rights restored because the law allows him to.

  • FORE!

    Kingston resident Jim Smith takes a swing on the green during a recent outing at Southwest Point Golf Course.

  • Sisterly milestone: Triple nifty at 50

    The Stout triplets are still as close as ever as they approach their 50th birthday.

    Representing three out of 12 siblings (six boys — two of whom are twins — and six girls), Paula Ann Stout Pavlik, Patricia Ann Stout Phillips and Pamela Ann Stout Edmonds will celebrate 50 years of memories with each other on March 12.

    “We’re a very close family,” Edmonds said during one of the sisters’ ritual lunch outings at Gondolier Restaurant in Harriman.

  • Bonuses indicate school board is OK with McGriff

    As the Roane County Board of Education gets ready for a discussion on who will lead the schools in the future, the current leader’s most recent performance bonus indicates board members think she’s done a good job.  

    Director of Schools Toni McGriff received $15,000 out of a possible $15,000 last year.

    It was the highest performance bonus she’s earned since becoming director of schools in 2005.

    The bonuses are based on school board evaluations. A point system determines the amount.

  • Tight quarters hinders recycling

    At the Roane County Recycling Center, space has become an issue.

    “It’s really hard to take care of everything that needs to be done,” said solid waste coordinator Ralph Stewart.

    Over the past five years, the recycling center’s intake of cardboard has soared from approximately 20 tons of cardboard a month to 20 tons a week.

  • County's unkempt property addressed

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis wants all county owned property in the city of Harriman brought to city and county code as soon as possible.
    Officials in Harriman recently discussed a piece of county-owned property at 420 Clifty St. that was so unkept the vegetation had overgrown.

  • DAR genealogy forum brings records to life

    Tramps, American Revolutionary War veterans, government leaders and trouble makers might all be part of someone's ancestry.

    Finding these people and the diverse stories that make history come alive are part of the appeal for genealogy researchers.

    “Yes, it is true they come to life. You really get to feel you know them,” said Cathy Johnson.

  • DAR genealogy forum brings records to life
  • OpEd: Legislative summary by state Sen. Ken Yager

    By Ken Yager