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Today's News

  • Illegal meter found on HUB official's land

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Authorities are investigating after an illegal meter was found hooked up on property belonging to a Harriman Utility Board supervisor.

    The meter was  on a remote piece of property on Riggs Chapel Road owned by Frankie Davis, HUB’s gas, water and sewer supervisor.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said he has looked into the incident at the request of Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton.

  • Foul play ruled out in Kingston fire death

     

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

  • Morgan County: Christmas In The Mountains returns

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

         

  • Mergen signs with Bryan College

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Kingston’s Callie Mergen is a perfect example that hard work pays off.

  • County mulls need for more jail staff

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The sheriff’s liaison committee got a quick lesson on property-tax math Tuesday night.

    “Keep this in mind,” Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said. “Every new hire over at the jail is a half penny on the property tax rate. Get one, half a penny. Get two, full penny.”

    Officials don’t appear to know yet exactly how many additional employees will be needed to run the new jail.

  • Rockwood forges ahead with liquor-sales process

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    The majority of voters in Rockwood have spoken, and now it is the city council’s turn to carry out their wishes.

    A referendum was passed in November to allow liquor by the drink and liquor stores within the city limits.

    At last week’s council meeting, officials discussed zoning and regulations to govern the new allowance.

    “We are fulfilling our obligation to the public,” Councilman Dudley Evans said.

  • Developer bankruptcy also hardship for property owners

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Serenity Drive runs through the Docks at Caney Creek subdivision.

    But for one lot owner, there’s little serene about the subdivision near Rockwood these days.  

    “I think it’s just some unfortunate circumstances, and we just happen to be caught in it,” Alfreeda Steele said.

  • Midway hits a wall to start season

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    It was a tough start to the 2008-09 season for the Midway Green Waves. They dropped two games each to visiting Kingston on Saturday and Monday to Wartburg.

    The Lady Waves stayed close until halftime with county rival Kingston before falling 63-45. Monday night, they trailed Wartburg by 24 at halftime before falling, 78-56.

    The Green Waves led Kingston until the midpoint of the fourth quarter, but would eventually fall 49-39. Against Wartburg they could not keep up with the Bulldogs’ Caleb Bunch and fell, 81-59.

  • Rockwood may give TVA back beach property

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Rockwood City Council is getting fed up — so fed up that council members are thinking about giving a chunk of land back to the original owner.

    The land in question is a strip of city property known as Rockwood Beach.

    The city acquired the 90 acres off Pumphouse Road from TVA in 1951.

    “Nobody ever wants to give land back,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    But the council did toy with the idea at this month’s meeting.

  • Will holiday season trial affect Houston outcome?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    At a time when many people will be thinking about shopping, wrapping presents and putting up holiday decorations, 12 Roane County residents could be deciding the fate of Rocky Houston.

    The special prosecutor in the case said opening statements in Houston’s double-murder trial could begin this week, provided lawyers are able to seat a jury from a pool of 600.

    The possibility of the trial happening so close to Christmas raises several questions: