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Today's News

  • Rockwood discusses late fees, penalties

    Should Rockwood City Council have approved the penalties and interest paid to the IRS?

    Some on Rockwood City Council felt the payments should have come to council for a vote.

    “It is legal. It is a general operating expenditure,” said city attorney Greg Leffew about whether the city council had to approve it first.

    Councilman Mike Freeman disagreed.

    “To me that is not a general operating expenditure,” Freeman said.

    “I would like to know where the money came from,” Councilman Bill Thompson asked.

  • Man offering start-up grants to aid success

    One former Harriman resident wants to share what he’s learned over the years for career success.

    Mel Clemmons also wants to share the opportunities given to him by giving out significant start up grants to a handful of individuals that show they have a winning goal, whether a new business venture or going back to school for a new career.

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  • MMS tops Dayton City in opener, 26-0

    The Midway Middle School Green Wave kicked off the 2012 season last week against a new member in the Clinch Valley Conference. The Green Wave welcomed Dayton City to the conference by knocking off the Sweat Bees, 26-0.
    There have been several changes in the conference with the addition of Dayton City and Spring City to the league. Along with Midway and Dayton City, Oakdale, Norwood, and Sunbright will join them in the Class A classification.
    The top two teams in each of the three classifications will square off in mid October for the league’s championship games.

  • Strong finish leads RMS past OSMS, 16-6

    For three quarters, the Oliver Springs Middle School Bobcats had the Rockwood Middle School Tigers on the ropes, but in the final stanza, it was all Rockwood as the Tigers escaped with a 16-6 win.
    “We knew coming in that Oliver Springs was going to be more athletic than we were.” Rockwood Middle School head coach Scott Harvey said after the game. “We thought that if we could get some breaks on defense and control the ball on offense we would have a chance to win.

  • Cherokee storms past Harriman, 62-22

    The coaches and personnel may have changed, but the results stayed the same for Cherokee Middle School as the defending Clinch Valley Conference champion Yellow Jackets opened the 2012 season Thursday with a 62-22 victory over Harriman.

  • Hospital six months away from finish

    Roane Medical Center now is only six months away from completing construction on its new 155,000-square-foot medical center campus that will include a state-of-the-art hospital and a professional office building.

    Roane Medical Center first received approval in April 2011 from the Tennessee Health Services and Development Agency to build the new medical complex.

    The 64-acre campus is under construction on Roane State Hwy. in Midtown near Pinnacle Pointe, a commercial shopping center just off the Harriman/Midtown exit of Interstate 40.

  • Roane Medical Center construction: Just the facts

    • The site crew has moved 260,000 cubic yards of earth. Comparatively, nearly 21 feet of dirt covers the University of Tennessee’s Shields-Watkins Field.

    • The campus has 831 tons of structural steel. Elephants average 5 tons, so that’s about 166 elephants.

    • There’s 78,000 square feet of dry wall. About 2 acres, or nearly 16 football fields.

    • The 545,000 feet of light gauge framing is equivalent to 104 miles.

  • Out to Lunch: More than sundae delightful at Angie's Restaurant

    Places we visit for my “Out to Lunch” adventures are usually influenced by recommendations from readers or folks I’ve interviewed for previous articles.

    During a previous “Out to Lunch” visit, I asked Carrie Jones, who lives in Wartburg and works for Tennessee Eye Care Center by Lowe’s in Midtown, about restaurants in Morgan County.

    One she mentioned was on my prospect list: Angie’s Restaurant, on the corner across from the Morgan County Courthouse in Wartburg at 307 N. Kingston Ave.

  • Businessman pleads guilty to 3 counts of sales tax evasion

    William Edward “Eddie” Lee pleaded guilty to three counts of sales tax evasion in Roane County Criminal Court on Friday.

    Lee owns Big E’s Quick Mart in Rockwood, the Go Mart in Harriman and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston.

    He entered a guilty plea for each business.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen sentenced Lee, 44, to eight years probation. Lee was granted judicial diversion.

    He was also ordered to pay $280,752.52 to the state of Tennessee in restitution.