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Today's News

  • Waves fall at Oakdale

    For the second time in three weeks, Oakdale swept Midway in basketball. 

  • State shuts down TVA gypsum pond

     

  • Judge to Leon: No more lawsuits

    Frivolous.

    That’s how attorney Frank Vettori described Leon Houston’s latest lawsuit against Roane County.

    “I have to charge Roane County for my services, and it doesn’t seem fair to Roane County to have to continue to pay for these kinds of lawsuits,” Vettori said Friday.

    Senior Judge Don Harris agreed. Not only did he dismiss the lawsuit, he also severely hampered Leon’s ability to bring future actions against the county.  

  • Rockwood looking at 15% hike in water rates

    The proposed Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board water and sewer rate increases are higher than first projected earlier this month.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board will convene in a special-called meeting at 10 a.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall to consider a resolution recommending rate increases of 15 percent for water and 22.5 percent for sewer.

    Both increases, if approved, will become effective Feb. 1.

    A resolution to amend the utilities’ 2010-11 budget will also be discussed.

  • Harriman OKs motel tax boost for Expo Center

    Harriman hotel owners know who helps pay their bills.

    That’s why they’re supporting steps to help the Roane State Henry/Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center.

    Roane State Community College President Gary Goff has asked area governments to increase their hotel/motel taxes, with the difference going to support the Expo. Despite cuts, he said the operation is still expecting a shortfall between $75,000-$100,000.

  • THP to conduct sobriety checks in Roane Co.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Dec. 26 on U.S. Hwy. 70 at Poland Hollow Road in Roane County.
    Impaired driving is a serious crime that kills more than 16,000 people and injures 305,000 others every year in the United States.
    Troopers will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. They will target those who operate a vehicle while impaired and take corrective actions for other violations observed while ensuring the protection of all motorists.

  • RSCC softball team up to bat for reading
  • Son threatens to burn dad's home

    A man sought help from authorities on Dec. 15 after his son reportedly poured gas on the house and threatened to burn it down.  

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office responded to the home on 1678 Old Harriman Hwy.

    Dispatch told the Blair Volunteer Fire Department to be on standby “in case it goes bad.” The fire department was later told they could stand down.

    Michael Allen Brown, 34, was arrested and charged with domestic assault, criminal attempt and vandalism.

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  • AT&T builds up 3G base

    AT&T has completed a key initiative in its ongoing efforts to expand the wireless capacity and performance of its 3G mobile broadband network throughout the Roane County area.

    As part of its continuing network investment to support growing demand for advanced mobile devices and applications, AT&T has activated 18 existing cell sites with 3G cell technology in Roane County.

  • Snow days hamper exams, affect lunch foods

    Students who missed mid-year tests last week because of the inclement weather and school closings have more time to study — or to forget what they’ve been taught.

    “It will be after we come back in January,” Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff confirmed about the test schedules.

    “It will not be the first day back,” she added. “They can have all of Christmas (vacation) to study.”

    McGriff said the exact days exams will be made up is not decided.