Local News

  • Berry trades for ambulance post

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry wasn’t going to let a chance to serve on the commission’s ambulance committee pass him by.
    He traded his spot on the in-lieu-of-tax committee with Commissioner Copper Bacon to get on the ambulance committee.
    Commissioners approved the committee assignments at their Oct. 18 meeting.
    Berry said he’s not sure why his name wasn’t on the ambulance committee list to begin with. He’s been outspoken about financial problems facing the ambulance department.

  • New roof planned for gymnasium at Rockwood Middle

    The Rockwood Middle School gym got a new floor not too long ago. Soon the building will have a new roof.
    The current roof is in need of repair and the Roane County Board of Education voted last week to replace it.
    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the gym has a rubber membrane roof on it. She showed the board pictures and explained the problem.
    “You can see that the seam is splitting,” she said.
    The estimated cost for the new roof is $66,000. 

  • Early voting down

    One of the perks for a hometown politician is being able to tell stories a local crowd can relate to. Dennis Ferguson, a Democrat from Midtown, used that to his advantage during a forum at Luminary United Methodist Church in September.
    “Unfortunately I don’t have 18 years worth of stories to tell you,” Lenoir City Republican Julia Hurley said.

  • Swan Pond Circle Road closed on Election Day

    TVA will close Swan Pond Circle Road from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday – Election Day. Traffic will have to detour around the area during those hours.
    TVA said the closure is necessary to connect the east end of Swan Pond Circle Bridge to Swan Pond Circle Road and to excavate, grade and apply asphalt.
    “We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we continue to restore the areas impacted by the spill,” TVA said in a message to the Roane County Community Advisory Group.

  • Rockwood may settle King suit

    A lawsuit that has been the source of friction between Rockwood officials may be close to a settlement.
    Rockwood City Council will discuss and possibly take action Tuesday to settle the lawsuit filed by Rod King, general manager of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas, against council members Peggy Evans, Ray Collett and Bill Thompson individually and Rockwood City Council.
    The called meeting will start at 5 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

  • County dodges brunt of storms

    Heavy rains drenched much of East Tennessee and left many communities picking up the pieces from heavy winds and tornadoes earlier in the week.

    Roane County got the storms and wind, but luckily there were no reports of injuries or home damage.

    “We had five calls for service yesterday afternoon with trees down and some spotty power outages,” said Roane County Emergency Management Director Howie Rose on Wednesday. “They were pretty dispersed throughout the county.”

  • No parking rankles Wheeler dwellers

    A sign on Rockwood’s West Wheeler Street forbidding street parking has its residents up in arms.

    Rockwood Public Works Director Tom Pierce put up the sign after receiving complaints.

    Rockwood City Council decided Monday to take down the sign, but city leaders will continue to look into what needs to be done to address traffic flow on the street.

    “If we’re going to do something that needs to be enforced, we need to put together an ordinance so it can be enforced,” Mayor James Watts said.

  • Rockwood gives teens a voice in the community

    Rockwood youth have a voice, and the city is listening.

    High school- and college-age youth are part of the Rockwood Youth Advisory Committee. Rockwood City Council member Krystal Hennager is the sponsor for the highly motivated young people who want more for their community and those their age.

    Their first project, a community homecoming bonfire, went well, and now the group is gearing up to help with this weekend’s Halloween party in downtown Rockwood.

  • Swan Pond folks vent to EPA

    Swan Pond resident Don Simon hasn’t experienced much success in his quest to speak with top officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. His frustration with that was expressed on Wednesday during a public hearing on EPA’s plan to regulate coal ash.

    “I’m not here to thank the EPA,” Simon said. “I’m basically here to chastise them.”

  • EPA coal-ash hearing draws advocates, environmentalists

    An industry exists for the fly ash produced at coal-fired power plants.

    People who make a living in that industry were very vocal at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s public hearing on Wednesday.

    Randy Compton said he sells recycled ash, which can be used in products like concrete, cement and wallboard.   

    “I take it from the power plant and sell it to the ready mix producers,” he said.