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  • Hotel study OK’d

    Can Rockwood support a hotel?

    Officials mean to find out, and they’ve agreed to hire Dimond Hotel Consulting Group to do a market and economic feasibility study.

    They believe a successful study is key to prove to any potential business person it would work.

    “I support doing a feasibility study because I’d like to have an outside opinion on whether we need to hush about getting a hotel or whether we have an opportunity to get a hotel,” said Mayor James Watts.

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  • Butler says she’s filing for bankruptcy

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility incurred $7,019.97 in expenses for the disciplinary case it brought against Harriman attorney Donice Butler.

    The Tennessee Supreme Court order suspending Butler requires her to pay those costs, but she said the board will never see a dime of that money.

    “Unfortunately, and I’m not proud of this, but I’m going to be filing bankruptcy,” Butler said.

    “One of the debts I’m going to bankrupt is the board’s $7,000 bill that they think I’m going to pay.”

  • Roane worksites among 38 part of TOSHA plan

    Two Roane County worksites are among 38 across Tennessee participating in the prestigious Voluntary Protection Program operated by the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

    Employees at EnergySolutions-Bear Creek and Manufacturing Sciences Corp. are among more than 24,000 employees participating in the program in Tennessee.

    “VPP is the state’s most prestigious recognition for excellence in the area of safety and health program management,” said TOSHA Assistant Administrator Jim Flanagan.

  • Visitors from 23 states in on DOE secret
  • OUT to LUNCH: Roane’s best-kept secret is out, and it’s Caney Creek Grille

    “The great food at Caney Creek Grille is the best-kept secret in Roane County,” said J.C. Ettien of Harriman.

    He and Daniel Plemons of Kingston maintain the Caney Creek Marina boat dock and gas pumps.

    “We try to eat something different every day,” Daniel added.

    On the day we visited Caney Creek Grille, Daniel was devouring a Rocky Top Burger, a large hand-patted burger with lettuce, tomato, barbecue sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon and onion rings.

  • Alexander bus stops, senator not on it

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s campaign bus stopped in Kingston Wednesday, but he wasn’t on it.

    According to his “Little Plaid Blog” detailing his campaign stops, Alexander had to return to Washington, D.C., to vote against President Barack Obama’s funding request for the immigration crisis on the Mexico border.

    “He still has not proposed a serious plan to secure the border and deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors entering our country,” Alexander said in a prepared statement.

  • Open Rockwood council seat filled ­— until election

    Rockwood City Council has a new member.

    Samuel H. Seat Jr., the operator of Juniors Restaurant in downtown Rockwood, was appointed to the position. Mayor James Watts said Seat expressed interest in the opening.

    “I just feel honored to be here. I hope I do a good job. I’m really interested in seeing growth,” said Seat.

    He said he invested everything he has into Rockwood and wants to see it thrive.

    Seat is taking the place of the late Pete Wright, who died July 1 after a long illness.

  • Tom Pierce case continued until August

    No progress was made in the case of a former Rockwood official accused of using city funds for private purchases of items — including weapons.

    Former Rockwood Public Works director Tom Pierce was at his status hearing on July 21, but it was continued until Aug. 15.

    Cases not resolved this term will be scheduled at that time for the next term, which will start in November.

    Pierce is accused of buying guns, ammunition, clothing, cameras and photography equipment on the city’s dime between 2009 and 2012.

  • Housing Authority fire does extensive damage, but only to one unit

    Harriman Fire Department was dispatched to a structure fire at 10:55 a.m. Tuesday at a Harriman Housing Authority apartment at 704 Clinch St.

    The resident wasn’t home when the accidental electrical fire started sometime Monday night.

    The fire started in the bedroom, which caused heavy smoke and fire damage that affected the whole apartment.

    The apartment windows were shut tight, which helped keep the fire from spreading.

    “There wasn’t enough oxygen to sustain it, so it smothered itself out,” Goss said.