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Today's News

  • County rejects ankle bracelets

    A plan to appropriate $25,000 for an ankle-bracelet monitoring program failed to pass the Roane County Commission Monday night. Six commissioners voted for the resolution, and six voted against it.
    “Motion fails for lack of a majority,” Chairman James Brummett declared.
    Officials said an ankle bracelet program could have helped alleviate some of the overcrowding issues at the Roane County Jail.

  • Mom accused of holding boy for son to hit

    The case of a Rockwood woman accused of holding a 10-year-old boy so her son could hit him was continued in Roane County General Sessions Court Monday.
    On March 20, Rockwood police responded to a call about an assault on a child at Courtney Square Apartments.
    The report said Rene T. Lee observed Latoya Brown push her 10-year-old son down as he was parking his bike.
    A witness told police Brown pushed “Dominic” down and then grabbed him by the shirt and held him so her son could hit him, police reported.

  • Joint project at lakefront

    Kingston City Council is supporting a Bethel Presbyterian amphitheater project that would be funded by the church, but operated by the city parks and recreation department.
    At a work session last week, officials placed conceptual drawings for Three Rivers Amphitheater on its April 9 council agenda for approval.
    The South Kentucky Street church first approached council with the project last year.

  • Harriman prepares for second ‘Great Land Sale’

    Now is the time for anyone interested in locating in downtown Harriman to take a good look around.
    Officials announced that more than a dozen city-owned buildings, including the former home of Roane Medical Center, will be available for tours in coming months.
    Mayor Chris Mason said the city has fielded a lot of questions about the fate of the buildings vacated by the hospital, which moved to a new building in Midtown.

  • TVA names new officer

    Charles G. “Chip” Pardee is the new executive vice president and chief generation officer of TVA.
    TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said Pardee will be responsible for optimizing TVA’s fleet of generation resources, including nuclear, coal, gas, hydroelectric and renewables, to meet energy demands across the Tennessee Valley.
    Pardee will also oversee TVA’s river operations, fuel procurement and power trading operations.

  • Train museum plans change

    After many ups and downs over more than a decade, it was decided this week that a new facility for the Southern Appalachian Railway Museum at Heritage Center would not be built due to budget constraints. 
    The lowest qualified bid for the 3,315-square-foot facility came in at nearly $1 million — 26 percent more than expected. The Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee’s Heritage Center, LLC, along with SARM, determined that the cost was prohibitive to move ahead with construction.  

  • Rockwood Rotary seeking new members

    Rockwood Rotary Club is looking for members of the public who are interested in joining the organization.

    “We are very active and would like to have you join with us,” said longtime member Maurice Greif.

    The civic organization meets at 6 p.m. each Monday in Rockwood Street Grill.

    Those interested in joining Rockwood Rotary Club may call Greif at 354-9857, President-elect Eddie Bilbrey at 354-2822 or Treasurer Jerry Jolley at 354-2136.

  • Wrestlers hitting the mat for Relay

    Professional wrestlers from the Allied Wrestling Federation will have a special fundraising show April 13 with proceeds going to Roane County Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society.

    Tickets are $5 for VIPs, $3 for general admission to the 7 p.m. show in Roane State Community College gymnasium on the main campus in Roane County. They will go on sale starting at 4:30 the day of the show.

  • THP to conduct April license check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct a driver license roadside safety checkpoint from 6 to 7 p.m. April 19 on Pansy Hill Road near Swan Pond Road.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Beets elected vice chair of ETHRA, ETDD

    Kingston Mayor Troy Beets was elected vice chairman of East Tennessee Human Resource Agency and East Tennessee Development District during the agencies’ annual meetings in Knoxville.

    Beets, elected by unanimous consent of the board, will take office on July 1.

    Other officers elected by unanimous consent during the meeting in Rothchild’s Conference Center were Chairwoman Estelle Herron, Loudon County Mayor; Secretary Bill Brittain, Hamblen County Mayor; and Treasurer Jeff Tibbals, Scott County Mayor.