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Today's News

  • Guest Opinion: Win for CIA is loss for rest of us

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Governments like to keep things secret. To be fair, some government officials see the benefit of the free flow of information, but governments reflexively tend to keep things from public view, particularly if the information may raise questions about government conduct.

    Of course, our guarantees of freedom of speech and press were instituted in part to keep an eye on people in power.  If we’re to assess effectively how well our public servants are doing their jobs, we need access to information.

  • Kingston ponders beer law change

    Kingston City Council members want to make sure no one gets too hot about cold beer.

    The council delayed another decision this month about a change in the city’s beer ordinance, which currently requires establishments that have retail beer sales to have a 250-foot distance, lot line to lot line, from “churches, schools, or other places of public gathering.”

    The city council’s proposed amendment to the ordinance would change it such that the 250-foot measure was from building to building — rather than lot line to lot line.

  • Solar farm jolts grid

    Officials held a “power up” ceremony on Tuesday to celebrate the new solar farm at the East Tennessee Technology Park. 
    Restoration Services Inc. self-financed the 1.3 acre project as part of its Brownfield-to-Brightfield initiative.

  • Just-hired Rockwood official may get ax

    The short tenure of one of Rockwood’s most recent employees might come to an end if Rockwood officials get and approve the 2013 fiscal budget as proposed at a budget workshop Monday morning.
    Mayor James Watts has listed the salary line item for city administrator Jack Miller as zero.
    “Due to the financial situation we’re in, I just find it very difficult to put in that kind of salary,” Watts said.
    Councilman Mike Freeman wasn’t convinced that was the right choice.

  • Roane schools may need multi-year tax hike

    Roane County property owners could have to fork over more tax money in the new fiscal year.
    Roane County Schools business manager Eric Harbin told board members during a recent work session that the 2012-13 school budget will require a 6-cent property tax rate increase to fund. The board is set to vote on the budget at Thursday’s regular meeting.  
    “We wanted to get the tax increase as low as possible,” Harbin said.
    To do that, school officials are proposing to use $1.4 million of one-time monies to fund the budget.

  • State rep runners sound off

    n that saw one of her highly publicized initiatives pass, state Rep. Julia Hurley is ready to take on Kent Calfee in the Aug. 2 primary.
    “I’m very interested to hear him explain how he can do a better job, or even close to the job I’ve done,” Hurley said. “I passed the drug testing for welfare bill in my first term.”
    Hurley and Calfee are seeking the Republican nomination in State House District 32, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.

  • NRC holding meeting on Watts Bar Unit 2

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a meeting for Tuesday, May. 22, in Spring City to discuss the status of construction at the Watts Bar nuclear plant’s second unit. 
    The meeting will begin at 1 p.m. with the NRC staff discussing the Unit 2 construction schedule, including major milestones and potential challenges, with TVA representatives.
    Later, the NRC staff will be available to answer questions from the public. The meeting will be at the Spring City Municipal Building at 229 Front St.

  • Property Transfers: Feb. 28-March 14, 2012

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse Feb. 28-March 14:

    From John V. Riccio and Deborah A. Zeckser to David B. Vealey Trustee, Mary Ellen Vealey Trustee, David B. Vealey Declaration and Agreement of Trust, and Mary Ellen Vealey Declaration and Agreement of Trust by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Eagle Point Heights, Lots 40, 41 and PT 42, $15,000.

    From Roane County to Virgil McNelley by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, Map 54J Group A Control M, $1,025.

  • Arrests: April 16-26, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.
    April 16 — Megan Alice Hacker, 23, 250 Brown West Drive Apt. 606, Rockwood: conditions no contact with victim. Bond $950; court date April 30.

    • Regina Mae Headrick, 38, 325 Leslie Drive, Harriman: simple possession or casual exchange. Bond $2,000; court date May 7.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of May 16

    25 Years Ago
    Plans for a long-anticipated Food Lion warehouse and distribution center in the Roane County Industrial Park were dashed when the Food Lion corporate office decided to locate in Georgia instead. According to Food Lion officials, the decision was determined by cold, hard figures, and had nothing to do with any shortcomings of the county.

    10 Years Ago