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Today's News

  • Schools needing $3.5 million to balance budget

    The Roane County Board of Education heard another gloomy finan-cial report earlier this month.

    Eric Harbin, the school system’s business manager, said the budget is out of balance by $3.5 million.

    “We need $3.5 million more of revenue or $3.5 million less expenditures,” he said.

    Harbin suggested the board start having budget work sessions to discuss the issue.

    “This budget will not work,” he said. “We can’t use this budget, so we got a lot of work to do.”

  • Who’s going to clean up sludgy mess?

    In addition to wanting to know who was responsible for dumping gray sludge that ended up in the lake, Kingston officials also have questions about who will be responsible for cleaning up the mess.

    “Is that something TDEC (Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation) will do and then go for reimbursement from the company?” City Manager David Bolling asked during a Jan. 20 meeting.

  • Rockwood officials to ponder various permit fees today

    Rockwood leaders will consider several ordinances on first reading today — Monday — that may lead to establishing new fees or updating old ones related to construction and property maintenance.  

    During the City Council’s monthly meeting at 6 p.m., Council members will consider and possibly take action on an ordinance establishing a permit fee for temporary occupancy of a single-wide mobile home or travel trailer.

  • Railroad crash survivors sue

    Survivors and the family of those who died when a car was hit by a train near Harriman are suing Norfolk Southern Railway Co., Norfolk Southern Corp. and three railroad employees.

    The suit alleges the railroad failed to provide adequate audible and visual warning of an oncoming train at the crossing on Mountain View Road, where two young people died last May and two others were injured.

    Darius Gallaher, a former Roane State Raider basketball player, was driving a 2000 Nissan Maxima through the crossing when it was struck by the train.

  • Dumping incident may draw charges

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said his department may bring criminal charges against the people responsible for dumping gray sludge that ended up in Watts Bar Lake.

    “The one we found closest to covering what has happened is aggravated criminal littering,” he said.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is working with local officials as they look into what happened. No one had been charged as of press time Thursday.

  • NAACP speaker offers involvement tips

    Rockwood native Jennifer Hill said she knew immediately what she would talk about when Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge asked her to speak at the organization’s Jan. 17 Freedom Fund Banquet.

    “Activism through social media,” she said.

    Hill was one of two people to give an address at the event, which was held at Roane State Community College. The other was Gloria Jean Sweet-Love, a native of Fayette County and president of the Tennessee NAACP Conference. The theme of her speech was living for a cause greater than yourself.

  • Wanted-woman picked up after Kingston police call

    A woman who Kingston police say is wanted by the U.S. Marshals was arrested on Wednesday at 533.5 Greenwood St. The call came in as burglary in progress.

    Megan Nicole Lowe, 25, was found inside the residence when police showed up.

    “She was trying to unlock the door and couldn’t get it open, so we made entry,” Police Chief Jim Washam said. “The homeowner’s son had dropped her off. Supposedly this is the homeowner’s son’s girlfriend.”

  • Pine Ridge widening moving on schedule

    Workers have been busy on the widening project of Ruritan Road to Roane Street.

    “The completion date is May 31, 2016, and the project seems to be on track,” said Mark Nagi of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “At this time the sewer line is being placed, and the electric poles,” are being installed Nagi said earlier this month.

    Crews were working on sewer lines at East Hassler Mill Road and will be working at Scarboro this month as well.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason is pleased with the progress.

  • Man trapped in tangled brush

    Rockwood and Roane County emergency personnel found a man who had been missing for over 24 hours on Wednesday afternoon.

    Harold West was known to go for walks in the areas near his Heritage Hills apartment, but when family noticed the 61-year-old had not taken his cane, they became concerned.

    “Late Tuesday, probably around 7 or 8 o’clock, one of the relatives reported he wasn’t at his home,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

  • Paper mill cleanup creates opportunities in Harriman

    All sorts of possibilities may be opened up for the community when the paper mill site in Harriman is cleaned up.

    Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and with MeadWestvaco, formerly the Mead Corp., which owned the property, approached the Harriman City Council last week.

    EPA official Scott Miller said after the cleanup, the property should be fine for recreational use.