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Today's News

  • Late fees have city official seeing red

    Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans has publicly called for the termination of a pair of employees in city administration due to financial mistakes she has deemed inexcusable.

    Rockwood City Administrator Jim Hines and financial officer Joby Winter Lancaster were named specifically by Evans. The vice mayor said they and anyone else who was responsible for a list of late penalties and an unsigned $20,500 check should either resign, be terminated or come up with some other resolution acceptable to all parties.

  • Roane priming to boost business

    A helping hand for local businesses in their early beginnings may be in the near future in Roane County.

    The county is exploring having a business accelerator, a program designed to help the success of new businesses with resources.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said such a program, often called a small business incubator, would be a way to help small businesses which often miss out on tax abatements and other things given to bigger industries.

    “Most of your business is small business,” Woody said.

  • Burglars targeting OS area

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said the Oliver Springs area has been a hot spot for burglaries this summer.  

    “They’ve been targeting that area because it’s so easy to get back into Anderson County and out of our jurisdiction,” the sheriff said. “That area is very rural, and there’s so many routes in and out.”

    Stockton said the sheriff’s office has taken steps to try to stop the rash of break-ins by increasing patrols in the area.

  • There’s been a lot of uniforms in Kingston officer’s life, career

    By Mike Gibson
    Lawrence Russell doesn’t fit the mold of a fellow who’s made a career out of three branches of the armed forces, followed by a more permanent stint in local law enforcement.

    The 43-year-old Kingston officer has the look, sure enough — a shaved pate and orderly mustache complementing the upright carriage of his stocky physique.

    But Russell is no humorless stiff; no diehard lifer with a drill sergeant-demeanor and a painted-on high-and-tight.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    JULY 25 CASES DISPOSED

    Kerry D. Langley, assault bodily injury and disorderly conduct. Guilty.

    James H. Moore, criminal impersonation of law enforcement. Dismissed.

    James C. Treadway, public intoxication and criminal trespass. Dismissed. Inhale, possess intoxicants for unlawful purposes and theft up to $500. Guilty.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers as recorded at the Roane County Courthouse July 21-25:

    From Tennessee Land and Lakes LLC to James S. Curtis and Janis L. Curtis by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Grande Vista Bay West, Lot 668 and 669, $169,900.

    From Steve A. Freels and Kim A. Freels to Chris Haynes by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Kingston Avenue, $10,000.

    From George W. Bacon Jr. and Maxine Bacon to Melodie Miller and Beverly Massaro by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, 6.78 acres, US Hwy.  27, $0.

  • Big cut for K-25 East Wing

     URS | CH2M Oak Ridge, also known as UCOR, had a literal breakthrough this week when workers completed a cut through the east wing of the K-25 Building.

    The cut segregated the north 16 sections of the structure from the six southernmost
    sections, five of which are contaminated with Technetium-
    99.

    The sections containing Tc-99, a slow-decaying radioactive metal, will require addition-
    al preparation before demolition.

  • Jobless rate down in July

    Roane County’s unemployment rate fell to 8.5 percent in July, a decrease of 0.7 percent over the previous month, according to statistics released late last month from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That means 26,050 workers in the county’s 28,480 labor force were employed during the month.

    The Roane County rate for July is somewhat higher than the 7.7 percent reported for the same period last year, state statistics show.

  • New photography business open in Rockwood

    Allan Adams has opened his new business, Adams Photography, in Rockwood.

    New clients are now being accepted.

    “We offer portraits, maternity, engagement, baby, school, outdoor, photo restoration, old time, family, friends, anniversary, children, sports, band and custom editing,” Adams said.

    “We can do photo sessions at either your home or a local setting” such as a park or riverfront, he added.

    Adams Photography operates at 103 Meadows Place.

  • Out to Lunch: East Tennessee’s best can be found at Copeland’s

    By Bethel Poston
    I was surprised when our niece, Linda Norman, asked when I was going “Out to Lunch” at Copeland’s. I had to ask where it was, because I’d never heard of it.

    Linda lives on River Road and is a dental hygienist in Rockwood. I’ve always had a problem talking when someone was cleaning my teeth, but evidently her patient mentioned the new Kingston restaurant after a treatment.

    Copeland’s is on Martin Street across from Piggly Wiggly in the former Pizza Hut location.