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Today's News

  • GLIMPSES: Times columnist deems us ‘thriving’

    By Mark Banker

    A photo of County Executive Ron Woody with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman appeared in a recent issue of the Roane County News.

    Readers curious about that photo should read Friedman’s provocative column, “A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America” in the May 24 issue of the Times.

    The good news for Roane County, our executive and greater East Tennessee is that Friedman included us among the “thriving communities [of a] rising America.”

  • From the COUNTY: Time is now to pay for new school

    In my last article, I addressed the cost of borrowing money for capital improvements, if the project were to start in 2020 and be used or occupied by 2023.

    In a recent Roane County News article, we saw that the potential project could be starting in 2018 with a projected occupied date of 2020.

    What does it mean from a financial standpoint for the asset to be occupied by 2020?

    It basically means that Roane County must start repaying our debt obligations in the 2020-21 budget.

  • To honor the FALLEN

    Terry Ward will see the names of the fallen comrades he knew from his stint in Vietnam when he joins other veterans on the Honor Air flight to Washington, D.C., in August.

    Each year Honor Air takes East Tennessee veterans to visit the memorials in honor of their sacrifice.

    “I wanted to do it since they started doing them and I heard about it,” said Ward.

    “I had a good buddy of mine I went to school with whose name is on there. He was killed his first day in Vietnam.”

    That man was Richard Patterson.

  • Restaurant manager calls the police — to report his wife

    A wife upset about the amount of time her husband has been spending away from home decided to confront him on Thursday.

    That led to the police being called to Jake’s Steakhouse and Tavern, where the husband works.

    “I was dispatched to Jake’s Tavern on a possible domestic,” Rockwood Police Officer Rick Thomas wrote in his report.

    “Upon my arrival, I made contact with Mr. Juan J. Leon and his wife, Mrs. Ashley Nichole Leon, standing out in front of the business.”

  • Woman hurt in Midtown crash

    A Harriman woman managed to avoid serious injuries when her car was struck by a tractor trailer Friday morning.

    The crash happened around 7:45 a.m. at the intersection of Ruritan Road and Hwy. 70 in Midtown. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Johnny Moore of Philadelphia was heading west on Hwy. 70 in a tractor trailer while 57-year-old Denise Easter of Harriman was at the stop light on Ruritan Road in her Mitsubishi Outlander. The light turned red for Hwy. 70 traffic and green for Ruritan Road traffic.

  • Man pledges he’ll ‘never do heroin again’

    A Ten Mile man vowed to never do heroin again after reportedly overdosing on the drug earlier this month.

    The incident happened in Rockwood. According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich was dispatched to 107 Evans Heights on May 15 shortly after midnight.

    “When I arrived the complainant Mrs. Kelly Hendrickson said her boyfriend Mr. James Ivory had overdosed on heroin and was passed out in the bathroom floor having seizures,” the report said.

  • State fines Riverbend One

    The owner of Riverbend One, a gas station at 3549 Decatur Hwy., was fined $25,080 by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation earlier this month.

    The fine was for violations of the Tennessee Petroleum Underground Storage Tank Act.

    According to the order, TDEC personnel discovered multiple violations during an inspection on April 30, 2015.

  • ‘No tax increase whatsoever’

    Rockwood City Council approved first reading of a budget with no property tax increase at their monthly meeting on May

    22.

    “There is no tax increase in this budget whatsoever,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller when presenting the budget.

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

    Officials also have seen an improved fund balance, something that made Councilman Shane Trew feel better about voting for first reading.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Lots of food choices at Long Hollow Grill

    Readers of my previous “Out to Lunch” articles may remember that I like to explore unique and out-of-the-way places to eat.

    Our most recent adventure at Long Hollow Grill at the Spring City Resort & Marina is one of those out-of-the-way places. You’ll be pleased with the tasty food.

    The atmosphere of the Grille is a mix of a small hometown café, a bar with good pub food; and an inviting open deck overlooking the lake and marina. The variety of food choices will impress you.

  • Currier Harriman Care, Rehab top stakeholder

    Mark Currier as the recipient of Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center’s Stakeholder of the Month award.

    He is a certified nursing assistant at the facility.

    Currier’s experience at Harriman Care and Rehab began in 2016, when he graduated from CNA class.

    “Since then, Mark has contributed his kindness, collaborative thinking and strong drive to

    the team,” said Benjamin Landy, CEO of Harriman Care and Rehab.