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Today's News

  • Paving, sidewalk repairs part of Rockwood’s no-tax-hike budget

    Rockwood residents can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to the city’s fiscal year 2018 budget that was approved by City Council on Monday.

    “We are keeping no tax increase on this,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The city’s property tax rate is $1 per $100 of assessed value.

    “I’m tickled there is no property tax increase,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

    The $5.2 million budget shows a beginning fund balance of $841,891.

  • Teenage girl leads police on pursuit

    A 16-year-old Rockwood girl is facing 18 charges stemming from a Sunday night pursuit with police.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell was on the lookout for a beige Chevy Impala because the suspect had reportedly taken the car without her guardian’s permission.

    “Dispatch directed me to North Chamberlain Avenue where her guardian had visual contact with her,” the report said. “I arrived there and found the suspect vehicle in the middle of the street stopped.”

  • Polk Salad Festival ’17
  • Woody: School finances ‘fragile’

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is not happy with the school system’s financial state, and he let it be known at last Thursday’s Budget Committee meeting.

    “I think your financials are very vulnerable and fragile,” he told school officials.

    The concerns come at a time when the Roane County Board of Education is looking to build a consolidated school for Harriman High, Roane County High and Rockwood High.

    The plan, which also calls for making improvements at Oliver Springs and Midway, could cost $50 million or more to execute.

  • Bible verse sets off husband

    A Rockwood woman told police her husband got physical with her after she quoted a Bible verse to him. The husband, Tony Jay Jolly, is facing a domestic assault charge in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to 516 W. Strang St., on June 5, to investigate a possible assault.

    “I spoke to Heather Jolly on the front porch who told me that it was just a simple argument between her and her husband,” the report said. “I noticed red marks on her chest and neck.”

  • Kingston wants RCHS building

    The city of Kingston wants a seat at the table if and when the future of Roane County High School is decided.

    If the county decides to move ahead with a plan to consolidate the Kingston school with Harriman and Rockwood high schools, the buildings might be repurposed or abandoned.

    Kingston City Council unanimously authorized City Manager David Bolling on Tuesday to send a letter to county officials expressing interest in the property.

  • Passing the Family Torch

    In the world of sports, there are a fair number of second-generation athletes. But when a family has had three generations of family members involved in racing such as the Frost family from Harriman, then one can say that racing truly runs in the bloodlines of the family.

    This need for speed for the Frost family started two decades ago, according to second-generation driver Brian Frost. “We started getting into racing by going to the track and watching the races, and I started running in the Front Wheel Drive division in 1998, and won five races.

  • Kingston edges Morristown in swim meet

    The Kingston summer swim team won a close, 260-240, meet against Morristown Wednesday evening at the Kingston Community Center.

    This is the second win in five days for the Kingston swimmers as they beat the Emerald Youth Foundation last week, 225-64.

  • High scoring senior bowlers every Friday

    SENIOR BOWLERS

    Friday June 16, 2017

    1st High Game-Rick Matthews (Solo)-486

    2nd High Game-Donna Wright, Ken Altes-453

    3rd High Game-Myra Whitehead, Earl Powell-455

    High Scores today-Rick Matthews, 221 game- Harold Zeilman,215 game-David Dawson-207 game

    High Series today-Myra Whitehead, Earl Powell-1323

    High Series For June-Myra Whitehead, Earl Powell-1323

    High Averages-Loretta Carrington 156, Dean Griffin-182

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Your opinion welcome here

    The Roane County News opinion page is reserved for topics of interest to those in the community.

    The opinion page publishes letters to the editor, staff written columns and columns that have been contributed by members of the community.

    The topics of most interest in the community are usually reflected in the volume of letters or opinions published on the opinion page. Last year one of the most popular topics was the boat slips at 58 Landing and the invasive weeds in Watts Bar Lake.