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Today's News

  • Another meth lab found: Two jailed in latest 100 Oaks incident

    Police reported finding a meth lab at 100 Oaks Apartments last Tuesday.

    That’s the same complex where police arrested seven people in connection with a lab last month.

    Tuesday’s incident resulted in two arrests. James Christopher Lombardo, 33, and Arthur Lee Wilson, 47, are charged with promotion of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    The apartment complex is at 900 E. Wheeler St., Rockwood.

  • County gets big refund on Kingston water bills

    The city of Kingston wrote a check to Roane County for $106,162.74 last week.

    The money was a refund for overcharges on the county jail’s water bills.

    “We ended up billing them for water that we didn’t sell them because the meter was giving us an inaccurate reading,” Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton said.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Kingston Mayor Troy Beets brought him the check on Feb. 4.

    “It’s a lot of money for a city to turn over at one time,” Woody said.

  • Alexander rankled by report of decline in health insurance

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., pounced on a recent report by the Congressional Budget Office that said 7 million fewer people will have employment-based health insurance by 2022 because of the Affordable Care Act.

    The controversial law, commonly referred to as Obamacare, was passed by Congress in 2010.

    “The Congressional Budget Office’s nonpartisan report confirms the failures of the health care law,” Alexander said in a prepared statement.

  • Barter brings its act to Roane

    The Barter Theatre, Virginia’s state theatre, did production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Roane County High School last week.

    Seen here is Helena, who is pursued by both Lysander and Demetrius. Lysander originally is in love with Helena’s friend Hermia, but a woodland spirit named Puck accidently uses a love spell on him instead of Demetrius.

  • Rockwood makes first payment to utility

    The city of Rockwood recently paid a portion of what is still owed in TVA funds to the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Department.

    “It is the first time we’ve been able to make a payment,” said Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe of the $18,500 payment.

    The remaining $100,000 debt is what the city owes for TVA funds designated for Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural
    Gas projects by the Roane County Eco-
    nomic Development Board after the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill at Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Watts Bar Utility District closes on $6.855 million loan

    Watts Bar Utility District of Roane, Rhea and Meigs counties has closed on a $6.855 million loan through the Tennessee Utility Assistance, LLC municipal finance program.

    The loan will be used to refinance outstanding bonds for significant interest cost savings of more than $726,000.

    Standard and Poor’s, one of the major credit rating agencies, assigned its “A+” rating to the Series 2013 Bonds.

  • Education Matters!

    The Roane Alliance’s Education Matters! initiative has been recognized by the state and Aligning Education and Business for a Better Tennessee conference as a best practice to help improve students’ access to postsecondary education and careers.

  • Sisco opens Kingston dental practice

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony recently celebrated the opening of a new dental clinic in Roane County.
    State Sen. Ken Yager, state Rep. Kent Calfee and Kenyon Mee of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce joined members of the business community who helped mark the opening of Sisco Family Dentistry, a new comprehensive family dental clinic in Kingston.

    “My family and I are excited to be a part of the Roane County community,” said Dr. Travis Sisco, owner of Sisco Family Dentistry.

  • Couple says armed robber demands pills

    A Kingston couple told police a man broke into their home armed with a handgun and robbed them of pills.

    The incident was reported on Feb. 6.

    Kingston police responded to 137 Scott Lane to investigate shortly after 5 p.m.

    The report said James Cooper and his wife, Lisa Johnson, told police a white male with blonde hair wearing a gray sweatshirt knocked on their side door and asked to use the phone.

  • Tigers wear down Greenback

    The Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers closed out the season series at Greenback Tuesday night by splitting a pair of games with the Cherokees.
    The evening started with Rockwood’s McKenzie Lee pumping in a career-high 28 points, but it wasn’t enough for the Lady Tigers to pick up the victory as Greenback held on for a 54-48 win.
    In the boys game, the Tigers used a dominating second half to pick up a 54-35 victory over the Cherokees.
    Rockwood closes out the regular season tonight (Monday) with a home game against Midway.
    Girls Game