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    Roane County roads are in terrible shape, and the solution is new leadership in the Road Department, according to Brian Mullins, candidate for Road Superintendent in the August 4 election.

  • Water rate increase pitched


    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas may soon implement its first water rate increase in a couple of years.

    “I will be recommending to the board as part of the budget ― and that will have to go to City Council ― a small rate increase to keep up with the increase in operating costs,” said Manager Kim Ramsey.

  • Police looking into apartment shooting


    From staff reports

    A Rockwood resident found someone had shot through his window at his Heritage Hills Apartment Thursday afternoon.

  • Rockwood 2000 members appreciate city workers



    City employees often go unnoticed and underappreciated. 

  • Burglars hit beloved Harriman store

    Two Roane County businesses were broken into over the holiday weekend.

    Harriman police responded to Rocky Top General Store on Ruritan Road on May 31 with reports someone had broken into the store overnight.

    Someone had busted through a door at the store, with culprits taking several items from the unique South Harriman business, which in addition to being a Case knives dealer also sells gift items, home goods and furniture.


    The approximately $53.6 million 2016-17 Roane County school budget includes raises for teachers and increases the fund balance without the need for a property tax increase.

    The Roane County Commission’s budget committee on Tuesday recommended approval of the proposed 2016-17  county school budget, including funds for general purpose, transportation, capital projects and cafeteria.

    The new budget is about $1 million more than the 2015-16 year school budget.

  • November target for finishing Ruritan

    Travelers will have to contend with ongoing road work on South Harriman’s Ruritan Road/Hwy. 29A a little longer.

    The widening project, originally estimated to be completed by May, is still a work in progress.

    “The Ruritan Road widening project is scheduled to be completed Nov. 2, 2016,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “The contractor has been granted a time extension due to utility delays,” he added.

  • Slain deputy’s daughter seeks help in keeping dad’s killer in prison

    On March 15, 1983 Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Armes was shot and killed by Frank McCall during a traffic stop on Hwy. 58 in Kingston.

    McCall was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, and additional years were tacked on for enhanced charges related to the crime.

    He has been serving his sentence in the Bledsoe County State Correctional Complex in Pikeville.

    On June 23, McCall will be granted a hearing by the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole.

  • Oasis fire debris clearing underway

    A bulldozer started pushing away some of the remains of The Oasis convenience store in the Walnut Hill community this week.

    The structure and its adjoining buildings were destroyed in an April 17 fire that took the life of Sandra Mills, one of the apartment dwellers.

    Other residents were displaced.

    “So far, everything I’m getting from all the investigators from the state who have been working with the insurance investigators, it is still undetermined,” said Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey.

  • Kingston mourns loss of another Jim Henry son

    The son of Jim Henry, deputy to the governor, was found dead in his home on Tuesday morning.

    It appears James M. “Jimmy” Henry Jr. died of natural causes, authorities said.

    “There is nothing to indicate anything foul or suspicious,” said Chief Deputy Tim Phillips of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jimmy, the son of Jim and his wife, Pat, lived in Kingston on the family farm.

    According to his obituary, he loved farming, Jeeps, old cars, politics and the outdoors.