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Today's News

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Randy D. Rollins

    U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Randy D. Rollins was recently presented with the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award for being named the U.S. Air Force in Europe Marquez Award recipient.

    The award is presented to maintenance, communications-electronics maintainers who have demonstrated the highest degree of sustained job performance, efficiency, knowledge and results, and have had direct involvement in sortie (aircraft flight mission) generation.

    Son of Pleas and Diana Rollins of Rockwood, the technical sergeant is a 1999 graduate of Rockwood High School.

  • Price of progress: County sewer rate increase

    Progress comes at a premium.

    Roane County sewer customers will soon find that out as the county moves forward with securing a loan to pay for expansion.  

    “I think we’re finally seeing Roane County move in the right direction,” Utility Director Gene McClure said. “We’re getting the infrastructure to get some commercial and industrial business in here.”

    The county plans to do the improvements in phases.

  • Price of progress: County sewer rate increase

    Progress comes at a premium.

    Roane County sewer customers will soon find that out as the county moves forward with securing a loan to pay for expansion.  

    “I think we’re finally seeing Roane County move in the right direction,” Utility Director Gene McClure said. “We’re getting the infrastructure to get some commercial and industrial business in here.”

    The county plans to do the improvements in phases.

  • Rockwood residents still fired up over utility operation

    Customers fired questions about the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Utility to Rockwood City Council, the utility’s sitting board, during its meeting last week.

    Many focused their questions to Councilman Harold Ishman, who sat on the board that was recently eliminated.

    One resident asked how the utility got into the situation it did — illegally borrowing gas funds to support the water department.

  • Tax increase still galls many

    Carolyn Koon wasn’t worried about the property tax rate when she received her reappraisal card last May.  

    “I’m worried about the bottom line,” she said.

    The bottom line for Koon and many other property owners in Roane County is higher tax payments, despite a lower property tax rate.

    “I’m trying to keep a good sense of humor about it, but it’s getting more and more difficult,” Scott Boyes said.

    His taxes went up $362 following the reappraisal.

  • More than 400 appealing assessment to state

    The fight isn’t over for people still unhappy about Roane County’s property reappraisal.

    The Tennessee Board of Equalization will hear their appeals later this year.

    “We have 424 appeals from Roane County,” Tennessee Comptroller spokesman Blake Fontenay said.

    Last year’s state-mandated reappraisal conducted by the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office left people fuming.

  • More than 400 appealing assessment to state

    The fight isn’t over for people still unhappy about Roane County’s property reappraisal.

    The Tennessee Board of Equalization will hear their appeals later this year.

    “We have 424 appeals from Roane County,” Tennessee Comptroller spokesman Blake Fontenay said.

    Last year’s state-mandated reappraisal conducted by the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office left people fuming.

  • A gentle stretch
  • Lex Lin Ranch
  • RMS reaches area title game

    Before the Rockwood Middle School Tigers went on to win the Area 4 AA tournament in Harriman, they had to get through the semifinal round on Friday, something that didn’t pose much of a problem.