Today's News

  • Roane jobless rate down, but higher than ’10

    Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development statistics released last month indicate that Roane County’s unemployment rate dropped by 0.1 percent in May.

    The 8.3 percent rate, however, is half a percent higher than last year, when the state reported the county’s jobless rate at 7.8 percent.

    A state ranking of the 10 counties with the lowest unemployment rates no longer includes Roane County, although both Washington and Cheatham counties, respectively in the No. 9 and 10 slots, also report an 8.3 percent May jobless rate.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    April 1 cases disposed:

    Dustin J. Addington, first-offense seat belt 16-17. Dismissed, cost to state. Financial responsibility law. Guilty as charged.

    Patrick L. Amans, driver license-address req. within 10 days. Dismissed, cost to state.

    Katherine J. Barger, first-offense seat belt 16-17. Traffic ticket paid in full.

  • Tax vote next week: City residents to pay more, rates down for rural folks

    Rural property owners are still in line to receive a property tax rate decrease.

    Those who own land inside the cities might not be as fortunate, however.

    The property tax rates for cities are set to increase under Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The budget committee passed the proposed tax rates 3-1 on June 30.

    Commissioners Ron Berry, Bobby Collier and Jerry Goddard voted yes. Commissioner Randy Ellis voiced the lone no vote.      

  • Public housing in Harriman may lose funds

    Harriman Housing Authority is at risk of losing significant federal funds because of the poor condition of many of its developments’ streets and sidewalks.

    Officials believe the agency that oversees public housing in the city could lose at least $100,000 a year in funding unless improvements are made. That loss is one that could devastate the agency, which is already hurting from budget cuts.

  • Rockwood vice mayor matter taken off agenda

    Rockwood City Council sat for the first time Friday with its newest members — and the one bit of controversial business was quickly cut from the agenda.

    After the brief swearing-in of Mike Freeman, Jane Long, Jason Jolly and Pete Wright, who is serving a two-year term, Mayor James Watts quickly let everyone know the first proposed resolution — to make Jolly vice mayor — would not be discussed.

  • Swafford graduates 40 years after dropping out of high school

    Welzie Swafford, 57, graduated high school after 40 years Thursday evening.

    The success was especially sweet for Swafford. It was his fifth attempt in a straight 34-month period.  

    Swafford received his GED through Roane State Community College’s Adult Education program during its graduation ceremony in Roane State’s theater.

    While signing up for Social Security and disability for disc problems, Swafford was advised to finish high school after all this time.

  • Drug Task Force payment part of sentence meted

    From staff reports

    A Rockwood man charged with selling cocaine agreed to fork over some money to a fund aimed at helping law enforcement fight the war on drugs.

     Harlan Shane Clower was charged in October 2007 on two counts of selling cocaine. He appeared in Roane County Criminal Court on June 27.

    “Mr. Clower, do you agree that there are ample facts for you to enter a plea of guilty without having those stated by the attorney general?” Judge Eugene Eblen asked.

  • Committee OKs half equalization board raise

    A proposed raise for members of the Roane County Board of Equalization got cut in half.

    On June 3, the budget committee voted 3-2 to increase the board’s pay from $100 to $150.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis wasn’t happy about the increase and made a motion at the June 24 meeting against any increase.     

    “You’re basically saying you’re not going to give them anything?” Commissioner Bobby Collier asked.

    “No increase,” Ellis replied.

  • Rockwood council meeting Tuesday

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts has set a budget workshop and special-called meeting of Rockwood City Council on July 5 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The workshop will begin at 5 p.m.

    The special-called meeting will start at 5:30 p.m.

    Council members will consider and possibly take action on the second and final reading of Rockwood’s budget for 2012.

  • Covenant seeks to move stream in construction

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is seeking public comments regarding the impact of earthwork at the future site of Covenant Health’s new hospital in Midtown.

    Covenant Health is applying for permits from the Department of the Army under the Clean Water Act and from TVA.

    A public notice said Covenant Health proposes to “relocate approximately 890 linear feet of a perennial stream channel into 722 linear feet of 42-diameter, joint sealed, pipe.”