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Today's News

  • County applies for firefighter grant despite list of concerns

    By DAMON  LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A tax increase.

    Enlarging the size of county government.

    Uncertainty about the county’s economic future.

    All those concerns were expressed during a lengthy discussion commissioners had about a federal grant that would allow the county to hire eight firefighters.

    In the end, the commission showed by its actions that they believe the grant is the right way for the county to go. The resolution passed 14-0 Monday night with Commissioner Fred Tedder absent.

  • ‘Unprecedented’ meeting held on Kingston traffic backups

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    Easy interstate access and lakefront living are the kind of things some communities only dream of.

    But for Kingston, these realities also have contributed to a problem that recently prompted an unprecedented meeting with state officials.

    An area choked between the waterfront and Interstate 40 is feeling another squeeze — a serious bottleneck on Hwy. 70 between the Clinch River bridge and the Kentucky Street intersection.

  • Former Oliver Springs doc pleads guilty to fraud

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    An Oliver Springs physician investigated by the TBI has entered a conditional plea of guilty on charges of TennCare fraud and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.

    Dr. Delvin E. Littell, 76, was given a suspended 11-month, 29-day sentence and placed on two years’ supervised probation, according to judgment papers issued during a hearing in Clinton on Dec. 7.

    He is also required to pay $5,450 in fines to the Anderson County District Attorney’s Fraud and Economic Crime Fund.

  • Tigers, Lady Tigers drop home opener

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    The 2009 home opener for the Rockwood Tigers and Lady Tigers wasn't a memorable event for the green and gold as visiting Oakdale invaded Dr. Tom W. Evans Gymnasium and took home a pair of wins.

    The girls contest was a physical battle from start to finish and in the end it was the Lady Eagles rallying from behind in the fourth period for a 36-30 victory.

  • County jail back to certified status

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County lost its jail certification two years ago. The county got it back last week.

    The Tennessee Corrections Institute Board of Control met Dec. 2 in Nashville and voted to certify the new jail, according to TCI Assistant Director Peggy Sawyer.

    “Great,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

  • S. Roane VFD hits hard times

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roy Brandon, president of the South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, said he’s witnessed more than a few financial storms during his time. 

    “I’ve been at it since ’76, so I’ve seen plenty of ups and downs,” Brandon said.

    Now would be one of those down times for South Roane County.

    In an effort to make ends meet, Brandon said, the department is planning to cut about five vehicles from its fleet.

  • Harriman opens season at Oakdale

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    It took a while for the Harriman Blue Devils to tip off the 2009 season, but the wait was worth it for Jeff King and his Blue Devils as Harriman knocked off Oakdale Tuesday night, 55-44.

    The news wasn't as good for the Lady Devils, however, as the Lady Eagles improved to 4-0 on the season with a 49-39 victory over Jim Cordell's squad.

    Harriman will be back in action Friday night when the Blue Devils and Lady Devils travel to Midway for a key early season match-up with the Green Wave.

    Girls Game

  • Sweet deal possible on Princess

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Princess Theater is set to receive a $1.7 million facelift courtesy of TVA.

    Gary Baker could take ownership of the building for far less than that once the renovations are complete.

    His 99-year lease with the city of Harriman gives him the option to buy the Princess. The most he would have to pay — $100,000.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he’s not concerned about Baker exercising his purchase option once the building is spruced up with the TVA money.

  • Roane couple falls prey to horse thief

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Mike Gough and his wife have eight horses.

    One in particular — a male quarter horse name Cisco — holds a special place in the couple’s hearts.

    “I bought him as a Christmas gift for my wife three years ago,” Gough said.  “Out of all the horses we got, he was the one that we would hate to get gone the worst.”

    Gough said that’s exactly what happened last month. He said he went to the pasture to check on his horses and Cisco was gone.

  • Cameras go up in downtown Rockwood

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Say cheese!

    Rockwood’s downtown area has been vexed by burglaries recently.

    City officials hope installing cameras along West Rockwood Street will deter crime.

    Tentative plans are for four cameras that have been priced at about $3,000 total, but officials are still looking for a better deal, said Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines.

    Mayor James Watts told Rockwood City Council members during a November workshop that he hoped to have a workable system soon.