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Today's News

  • Officials in Rockwood need to step it up

    We are deeply disappointed with some Rockwood officials in their handling of water department issues.
    Weeks after the Roane County News wrote about the existence of a letter from a state official telling the city it has been illegally mingling funds between the water and gas utilities, many of these officials have been burying their heads in the sand.
    We don’t have that letter, some city officals said. Then some of them, including utility director Rod King, seemed to want to continue to ignore its existence.

  • Phew! There’s so much to do around here

    Time was my son would breeze through his weekend high school homework and then complain.
    You know the drill … “There’s nothing to do around here. I’m bored!”
    We assured him life would change when he headed off to the Big University.
    And so it has.
    Nowadays, he doesn’t exactly breeze through the weekend assignments.
    Rather, he schedules and hosts study groups around his responsibilities with the football team.

  • Free horse show draws attention to social causes

    STAFF REPORTS
    People love horses.
    With that in mind, multiple groups and agencies are coming together to raise awareness about different outreach services offered in the county.
    The free event is being called the Tennessee All-Breed Charity Horse Show and Roane County Community Awareness Fair.
    It will take place this  Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Center at Roane State Community College.
    The horse show also will serve as a fundraiser for Lifeline scholarships and ElderWatch.

  • New sign dresses industrial park

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    The Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood has a fresh look.
    The improvements, including a new sign, are meant to encourage new industry to the area and to show existing industries they are important to the community.
    A partnership between Harriman Utility Board, Rockwood Electric Utility and TVA paid for the new sign that sits just off Hwy. 27.

  • Surprise — county passes fuzzy budget

    Roane County Commission passed a $129 million budget resolution Monday night with no debate.

    That came as a shock to some of the commissioners who voted to do so.

    “I guess I went to sleep at the wheel, but that’s certainly not what I had in mind,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.

    Commissioners met in the special-called meeting to adopt the budget.

  • More pile in on EMA cuts

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody isn’t the only official in favor of salary reductions in the emergency management department.

    Eight county commissioners are as well.

    Their votes at Monday night’s special-called meeting were just enough to carry Woody’s recommendation that director
    Howie Rose and assistant director Scott Stout have their salaries reduced by 9 percent.

    Woody announced the reduction in pay on Sept. 1, which was the day he took office.

  • Expo Center still losing despite cuts

    A lot of cost-saving changes have been made at the Henry-Stafford Exposition Center at Roane State Community College.

    The popular site of community events stays busy and, through the people it brings in, pumps plenty of money into the Roane County economy.

    However, on its own operations side, it’s not breaking even.

    Roane State President Gary Goff said he is projecting a deficit of between $75,000 to $100,000 in operations for the year.

  • Harriman considers cab business changes

    Harriman City Council members have discussed complaints about compettition from outside business.

     Councilman J.D. Sampson has even brought up the idea of limiting taxi businesses allowed.

    Treasurer Charles Kerley suggested a permit fee that would level the playing field, and the cab businesses with city business licenses and paying personal property tax could deduct them from and up to the amount of the fee.

    “There are some opportunities here I think to take some of the inequalities out of it,” Kerley said.

  • TJ the clown
  • MILITARY MATTERS: Tarl A. Franklin

    U.S. Army Pfc. Tarl A. Franklin recently graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    He is the son of Dixie L. Franklin of Kingston and Henry A. Franklin of San Diego.