Local News

  • Nonprofit allocations raise commissioner eyebrows

    Roane County employees who don’t work for the school system might not get a raise for the second year in a row.

    With that in mind, the county’s plans to give $127,450 to nonprofit organizations during the 2010-11 fiscal year isn’t sitting well with some commissioners.

    Former budget director Alva Moore said it would cost about $103,000 to give a 1-percent raise to employees.

  • Two wrecks; one fatal

    A Rockwood woman extricated from an accident Thursday evening died Monday at University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    Margaret M. Slaven was taken off life support Monday afternoon.

    Her husband, Kenneth Slaven, is still in the hospital.

    The driver of the other vehicle, Rae M. Green, also of Rockwood, was also injured.

    According to a report by Rockwood Patrolman Charles P. Haubrich, the accident happened at the intersection of Molyneux Street and Belle Avenue around 9:45 p.m.

  • County employee bonuses pondered

    Talk about raises continues to come up in discussions about Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  

    “Do we have any type of wiggle room for a one-time bonus?” Commissioner Randy Ellis asked during a budget committee meeting last week.

    New County Executive Ron Woody recommended that the commission get a budget passed first and look at giving raises or bonuses later.  

  • Naked workers arrested

    Two men who were fired from Tiger Haven were arrested recently after they reportedly ran around the big cat sanctuary naked.

    Samuel Jordan Adams and Jake Edward Loftis were both charged with vandalism and public indecency.

    According to the warrants, Adams and Loftis lived at Tiger Haven in a trailer.

    The warrants said both were fired on Sept. 16.

    “After being fired, they began to drink beer,” the warrants state.

  • $50 buys a place in history at old courthouse fundraiser

    The Roane County Heritage Commission will hold its seventh gala in honor of the Historic Roane County Courthouse Saturday, Oct. 2.
    A social hour will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the building, with the program at 8 p.m. on the lawn.
    The honored guest for this year’s gala will be Frank V. Williams III, chancellor of Roane County, who is being recognized for his pivotal role in the preservation of the historic Roane County Courthouse.  

  • 'From Halloween to Christmas, it's all about sweets'

    By Katie Hogan

    Dolly Parton once sang of a day working 9 to 5.

    For Harriman’s Pattycake Pastries, the day begins much earlier.

    At 6:30, in the pitch blackness of an overcast Wednesday morning, store owner Mike Borman has already been whipping up the day’s blissfully sweet indulgences for two and a half hours.

    The strong smell of rum fills the room as Kevin Pyles mixes the batter in an industrial-sized mixer from 1925.

  • Developers ask court to reject city's Pinnacle complaint

    A company that once partnered with Harriman officials on a Midtown development is now filing a motion to dismiss the city’s counter-complaint in an ongoing battle over a lofty wedge of cash.

    What started out in the thousands quickly escalated to an argument over millions between city officials and developers of the Pinnacle Point shopping center, anchored by Lowe’s.

  • Roane's race for the House

    Julia Hurley is running against Dennis Ferguson for the 32nd District seat in the State House of Representatives.

    However, the Republican had more to say about national politicians and legislation coming out of Washington, D.C., than she did about Ferguson during her opening comments at a forum last week.   

    “The Obamas, Nancy Pelosis, Harry Reids and liberals across the state of Tennessee have had enough time with their hands in our back pockets, and it’s time for them to go,” she said.    

  • Who caused Rockwood's utility mess?

    Robert Duane Pawley may not know who is to blame for the financial crisis facing Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    He’s very clear, however, on who is not.

    “I do not see a valid reason why the consumer should have to pay the ticket for bad management, other than the fact that somebody’s got to pay,” the Chamberlain Avenue resident said. “To put the full burden on the citizens, I think, is improper and inappropriate.”

  • County budget committee gets back to work

    The budget committee had a lengthy discussion about Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year on Monday.   

    New County Executive Ron Woody said the budget was put together by the budget committee that existed before he took office on Sept. 1.  

    Two members of the current budget committee, commissioners Bobby Collier and Ron Berry, also served on the previous one.