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Today's News

  • RPD confiscates $1,000 in meth

    Methamphetamine valued at $1,000 was seized during a traffic stop in Rockwood on June 16.

    The driver of the vehicle, John Allen Ashbaugh, is charged with manufacture, delivery, sale or possession of methamphetamine and simple possession or casual exchange.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Deputy Chief John Mayes observed a vehicle driving erratically on North Gateway Avenue.

  • Tiger Haven goes to the dogs

    Tiger Haven is no longer home to just a big cat sanctuary. The facility in East Roane County is also operating a dog rescue called K9 Lifeline Rescue.

    “If y’all don’t want me to do it, I will stop,” operator Mary Lynn Haven told the Roane County Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday. “It’s just as simple as that.”

  • Pentecostal Lighthouse uses fireworks to serve

    Sometimes having fun on the Fourth of July and helping others go hand in hand.

    Pentecostal Lighthouse Church has been making that connection for more than 30 years using the proceeds from their Church Fireworks stands in Rockwood and Midtown to benefit those in and around Roane County.

    “The main thing we do is help Crossville Mission Bible Training Camp (CMBTC),” Pentecostal Lighthouse associate pastor Harlan McBride said. “CMBTC is a non-profit based Christian rehab center.

  • Commission considers adding Bournemouth Drive to road list

    Residents on Bournemouth Drive are still waiting for the Roane County Commission to decide if it will add the road to the county road list.

    The Road Committee has already voted to do so, but the Commission must also approve the measure.

    Road Committee Chairman Junior Hendrickson said he expected the Commission to vote on it at the June 12 meeting, but there was no vote because the resolution wasn’t on the agenda.

  • Riverfront gets playground, farmers market on its way

    Visitors to David Webb Riverfront Park will soon be able to enjoy all new playground equipment and shop for their favorite vegetables under the shade of a new farmers market pavilion.

    Prison labor from the Morgan County Correctional Complex started ripping out the old playground equipment at the park this week, and the new equipment may be in place as early as Monday.

    Another new piece will be installed later. On Tuesday, June 20, Harriman City Council approved the purchase of an $8,500 swing that city officials say children will love.

  • Is city eyeing fields?

    The Swan Pond Sports Complex could have a new lessee.

    “We have been approached by the city of Harriman of maybe taking over the operation of the Swan Pond Sports Complex,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said at last week’s Budget Committee meeting.

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best had a different take when asked about Woody’s comments.

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  • Roane Government a corporation?

    Roane County is on the hook for homeowners association dues for the lots it owns at The Preserve at Clinch River subdivision, according to County Attorney Greg Leffew.

    “It is my opinion that while it owns the aforesaid lots, Roane County is subject to the homeowners association assessment,” Leffew said in a May 26 letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • County’s ’18 budget on its way toward finalization

    It looks like property owners will not have to fork over more money to Roane County Government in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    Currently, there is no request for a property tax rate increase in the budget that will be presented to County Commission for approval next month.

    “We are continuing to fund our debt in compliance with our policy and we’re funding our capital improvements in the general operations and the highway operations in compliance with policy,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Paving, sidewalk repairs part of Rockwood’s no-tax-hike budget

    Rockwood residents can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to the city’s fiscal year 2018 budget that was approved by City Council on Monday.

    “We are keeping no tax increase on this,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The city’s property tax rate is $1 per $100 of assessed value.

    “I’m tickled there is no property tax increase,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

    The $5.2 million budget shows a beginning fund balance of $841,891.