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Today's News

  • Utility loans may be illegal, state says

    An official with the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office determined last week that Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas may have violated state law by allowing interdepartmental borrowing of operating funds.
    Rod King, general manager of the utilities, and the city board governing the operations have openly admitted the more profitable gas department has loaned money to the water and sewer departments.
    A comptroller’s office review of city finances indicates, however, that the issuance of such loans was not previously approved as required by statute.

  • Tiger Haven buys more land, but has no plans to expand

    Tiger Haven has purchased 11 acres adjacent to its big cat sanctuary in East Roane County.
    Freddie L. Pesterfield is listed as the seller on the warranty deed, which was filed with the Register of Deeds Office last month. The purchase price for the property was listed at $66,000.
    Tiger Haven is located on Harvey Road. According to its website, Tiger Haven is home to more than 280 big cats. Most are tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

  • Harriman won't put manager on ballot

    Harriman voters won’t get a say on whether they would like to have a city manager-style of government.
    At least not yet.
    While some Harriman City Council members have said they’d prefer a decision from city voters over having to make one themselves, that’s not how the majority voted last week when council member Ken Mynatt took steps toward giving constituents that choice on the Nov. 2 ballot.
    “This way, we let the citizens decide,” he proposed in making a motion to that end.

  • THP to conduct sobriety checks in Roane County

     

  • Bledsoe County pulls away from Midway, 42-14

    Injuries, lack of depth, and several big Bledsoe County plays all contributed to the 42-14 Midway loss last Friday night in Pikeville. 

    The Green Waves were close in statistical battle against the Warriors, but would still drop to 0-3 on the season with a couple more tough games on the horizon.

  • Bulldogs blast Blue Devils, 41-12

    For the first time in nearly a decade, the Wartburg Central Bulldogs stunned the Harriman Blue Devils Friday night by a convincing 41-12 margin. 

  • Bobcats fall at Grundy County, 39-27

    History repeated itself Friday night as for the second straight year winless Grundy County knocked off undefeated Oliver Springs. Last season, it was the Yellow Jackets traveling to Oliver Springs and downing the Bobcats, 40-21, and Friday night the Yellow Jackets defended their home turf with a 39-27 victory.

  • Kingston downs Tigers for county title, 21-6

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets wrapped up the 2010 Roane County Championship Friday night with a 21-6 victory over Rockwood at Dr. Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.

  • One-minute meeting tells bigger story in Rockwood

    With less than a minute between opening and closing gavel raps, Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board’s called meeting on Tuesday could go down as the shortest on record.
    What wasn’t said, however, overshadowed what was supposed to be discussion about possible increases in gas and water rates.

  • State says assessor's request OK

    State officials said Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham did no wrong when she requested raises for the five-member County Board of Equalization.     
    “We looked at that, and we don’t see it’s an issue,” said Robert Lee, general counsel for the Tennessee  Comptroller’s Office.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said he’s also spoken with Lee and could wrap up his investigation into the matter on Friday.