Today's News

  • Progress made in fight against drugs

    Authorities have made headway into an investigation involving drugs, car burglaries and a multi-state identity theft ring.

    According to the District Attorney General’s Office, police from several different agencies simultaneously executed two search warrants in Rockwood last Thursday.

    Numerous items were seized including drugs, firearms, cash and evidence related to the identity theft investigation.

  • Train repair center proposal derailed

    An industry that hoped to bring 75 jobs to Rockwood will have to look elsewhere.

    The second reading of an ordinance to rezone unused commercial property next to the Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex failed before the Rockwood City Council.

    LocoDocs Inc. of Illinois needed the rezoning of the city-owned property it  was interested in purchasing.

    Without the rezoning, the resolution to sell the approximately 6 acres of city-owned land to join with some of the privately owned property was moot.

  • Midtown man dies on lake

    Family members said a Midtown man died from a heart attack after he got out of his boat to cool off.
    Randy Bardill passed away on Saturday.

    His sister, Debbie Standefer, said they got in the water near Sand Island in Meigs County to get some relief from the hot sun.

    “We were just laughing and talking,” she said. “Then I noticed that we had drifted a little ways from the boat.”

    Standefer said that’s when she suggested they head back to the vessel.

  • Harriman budget still being tweaked

    Harriman city government spent more than they took in last fiscal year.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley said the city ended the year spending $233,312 more than was brought in in revenue last fiscal year.

    Harriman City Council has yet to approve a first or second reading of fiscal year 2012 budget.

    Part of their discussions this month include how the past year has closed out.

    Kerley said the city had to dip into its fund balance during budget talks for the current fiscal year.

  • Rockwood man charged with rape

    A Rockwood man is accused of raping a woman in Oak Ridge.

    Edward Eugene Chatman is charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping and reckless endangerment.

    He was arrested by Oak Ridge police on Sunday.

    Chatman was in the Anderson County Jail on bonds totaling $250,000.

    Oak Ridge Police Capt. Rick Stone said Chatman had a baby with him when he committed the alleged crimes. 

  • State revising debt policy

    Tennessee residents will have an opportunity to offer input on the State Funding Board’s revised debt management policy during a meeting at the State Capitol Wednesday.
    Last year, the board agreed to require all governments in Tennessee to adopt debt management policies by Dec. 31.
    In addition to setting minimum standards for governments to follow, the board encouraged them to adhere to four guiding principles:
    1) Debt transactions should be clearly understood by the decision-makers.

  • Are jobs worth the destruction of a neighborhood?

    What price jobs?
    In the proposed LocoDocs situation, will Rockwood residents trade tranquility for the promise of employment for a few?
    If Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and real estate agent Frankie Hawn, who reportedly said noise will not be an issue, have their way, it could happen.
    One has to ask if either of these individuals live in the neighborhood near the proposed facility.

  • As West looks to control tweets, China squawks

    First Amendment Center
    The use of social media to organize and fuel riots in Great Britain has led some Western public officials to speculate about limits on BlackBerry messages, Twitter and Facebook.
    Such talk has not gone unnoticed by more-repressive nations.
    Chinese media have claimed hypocrisy by the West and have used the news events as justification for “proper web monitoring.”
    From Xinhua, China’s state-run news organization:

  • Engaging change – why a policy was altered

    Things change.
    Sometimes, in response, we have to change, too.
    Few words could be truer when talking about people … and even newspapers.
    Here at the Roane County News, we like to reason things out when we set any kind of policy.
    But sometimes, even after they were made with careful thought, we see flaws or omissions in our policies.
    We find points we hadn’t thought about, and we consider changes.
    Last week we made an alteration to our policy concerning the publication of engagements between couples planning to marry.

  • Harriman wrestles with municipal trash policies

    Not long ago, Harriman Utility Board ratepayers who live in Harriman city limits received a notice informing them municipal trash pickup services were not optional.
    However, with dissent coming from many with tight budgets, council members are discussing ways not only to address those appeals but also to allow some of residents opt out.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason asked a committee to come back to the council with a recommendation on an opting-out procedure.