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Today's News

  • Rockwood 2000 thanks workers with picnic

    Rockwood 2000 hosted a picnic earlier this month in appreciation of Rockwood city employees.

    This yearly event in Rockwood’s Homecoming Park is a means of recognizing the employees’ hard work throughout the year.

    “Of all the events that Rockwood 2000 is involved in, this is my favorite,” said Mary Kau, Rockwood 2000 vice president.

    Along with everything they provide the city, Rockwood city employees assist Rockwood 2000 with many projects that would be impossible without their help.  

  • Hurley secretary of energy caucus task force

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, has been appointed secretary of a newly formed Republican Caucus Energy Task Force in the Tennessee House of Representatives.

    Hurley, who represents Roane County in the state General Assembly, is among seven House members appointed to the task force by House Majority Leader Gerald McCormick, R-Chattanooga.

    The task force, according to McCormick, will “explore the various ways that the energy industry can provide a positive impact on job growth and economic development in our state.”

  • Dixie Youth tourneys begin

    The 2011 Dixie Youth sub district 8 AA Tournament got off to a great start for two Roane County teams Friday night as both Harriman and Rockwood were victorious in opening round action. 

  • Kalpic signs with Campbell

    Roane State Community College men’s basketball player Antonio Kalpic signed to play with Division I Campbell University in North Carolina.

    Kalpic, a 6-9, 205-pound forward from Croatia, averaged 7.3 points per game and 5.0 rebounds per game during the 2010-11 season.

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  • HUB considers dropping natural gas rates, but others may rise

    Harriman Utility Board’s gas customers might get some relief this year, but water and sewer customers may feel a pinch.

    Board members won’t vote on the budget until their meeting on Monday, but they’ve been asked to consider some changes.

    Those  including a possible decrease in gas rates and looking into rate increases in water and sewer.

    The increases are being sought to  to pay for projects in both utilities.

  • LOOSELEAF LAURATE: Tomatoes help keep the memories alive

    If my mother were to have a Facebook page, I believe she’d have to check the “It’s complicated” response on relationships.

    Dad, her lifelong mate, died nearly five years ago, and Mom has made it clear that she’s not seeking another man in her life.

    But it is funny, even in a bittersweet sort of way, how she continues some of the rivalries with him, even when he is gone.

  • Tornado touches down in Roane

    A small tornado touched down in Roane County on Wednesday around 6:40 p.m, according to the National Weather Service.

    Meteorologist Lyle Wilson said the tornado struck seven miles west-northwest of Loudon.

    “The information that I have is it was 100 yards long,” Wilson said. “The path width was 20 yards wide.”

    Wind speeds topped out around 70 mph, he said. The weather service usually sends a survey team to confirm a tornado touch down, but Wednesday’s was confirmed through other means.   

  • Campground now under county control

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Riley Creek Campground is now under county control.

    “We got the keys from TVA the end of May,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “They had some work left undone, so we were kind of struggling to get in there.”

    The campground is South of the River behind Anglers Cove subdivision.

    Earlier this year Woody said TVA approached the county about taking over operations at the campground.

  • Principals change at two county schools

    Longtime Rockwood Middle School Principal Bill Thompson has retired.

    “I thought it was time to step down and let the younger ones have a try at it,” he said.

    Thompson said he spent 51 years in education, including 39 years as principal.

    “I just appreciate the parents letting me have their children,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed having them. I look forward to watching them go on through school, grow and become adults.”