• False alarm fee question raised

    Volunteer fire departments have limited resources, which are sometimes tapped responding to false alarms.

    Scott Stout, director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services, said that prompted a question during a Fire Board meeting about the possibility of imposing a fee for false alarms.

    “It’s not for an occurrence that happens every so often,” Stout said. “It’s one that would be considered a nuisance alarm.”

  • Open house at Old Roane County Courthouse
  • Judge rules in same-sex divorce case

    Circuit Court Judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. has found in favor of the state in the case of a same-sex couple seeking a divorce in Roane County.

    In a seven-page ruling issued this week, Simmons determined that Tennessee laws declaring that a valid marriage in another state, but prohibited in Tennessee, and thus unenforceable in Tennessee, does not violate the Equal Protection Clause or the Full Faith and Credit Clause of the U.S. Constitution.

  • Retired teachers get treat from Bowers chorus

    Lily Taylor, fourth-grader, sings alongside the rest of the Bowers Elementary Chorus at the Roane County Retired Teachers luncheon at Kingston Community Center last week. The group of fourth- and fifth-graders also recently performed in the Roane State Community College Choral Concert at the Princess Theater.

  • Rockwood glee club melds music, fun

    The pitter-patter of raindrops and wind blew through Rockwood Middle School last Wednesday.
    Nobody left the doors open, and it wasn’t a real storm, but the 30-plus students’ snapping fingers, hands and pounding feet were convincing.
    The school’s glee club, which was formed this fall, isn’t inspired by the hit TV show “Glee,” and members say there isn’t nearly the teenage angst that riddles the lives of the young people portrayed on the show.
    The group is diverse and, from the sound of their combined voices, skilled.

  • Sewer hike meeting set

    It could be months before Roane County finalizes a State Revolving Fund loan to pay for a sewer expansion in Midtown.
    However, the state requirement of a public meeting to inform people about the financial impact and allow input is still scheduled for Thursday at 6:15 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.
    The county sewer plant is a few miles up the road from the site of the future hospital.

  • Who is next to head schools?

    Roane County Board of Education Member Frank Mee said he’s concern about the lack of action on the system’s top position.
    Director of Schools Toni McGriff’s contract is set to expire on June 30.
    The board has not voted to extend the current contract or start the search for a new director.
    “We can’t just wait until the end of the year to address this,” Mee said. “If we’re going to be looking for one, we need to get the word out right now, so if anyone is interested they can get in touch with us.”

  • Official’s farm close to airport

    One of Rockwood Airports biggest supporters believes the facility could be an economic boon for the community.
    The airport’s success could be an economic success for her family, as well, but Councilwoman Peggy Evans said that hasn’t crossed her mind when fighting for investment in the airport.
    More than 500 acres of a Cumberland County farm not far from the airport belong to the Tom Evans family, including his widow, Peggy Evans, and their children.

  • Ambulance charges to stay where they are

    The idea of raising rates that the Roane County Ambulance Department charges for transport services didn’t have Commissioner Nick Forrester’s support.
    “I think there’s others ways that we can go about bringing in revenue, rather than raising rates of our citizens,” he said. “I just want to say that I’m opposed to it, and hope you’ll agree with me.”
    Seven others did and a motion to raise the rates failed 8-7 at Monday night’s commission meeting.

  • Cops, computers good mix

    A Harriman reserve officer with a knack for technology donated a server that will help the police department be a better presence in the community.
    Lou Goldblatt of High Tech USA Corp. donated a $15,000 server to the department.
    Instead of having to do their paperwork at the office, officers can now do the reports in their vehicles.
    “For the last two years I’ve been wanting to do this,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.  “If a call comes out, all they have to do is push a button and save it and start the car and go.”