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Today's News

  • Hiccup on mixed-drink revenue could give city coffers hangover

    City coffers will be taking a hit after a decision to start enforcing the payment of a city portion of mixed drinks taxes to the local school systems.

    “For years, many local governments were not sharing that tax or did not know they were supposed to share that tax with the school system,” said state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Stationery rebuts McFarland denial in judicial race

    A letter recently sent to the city of Rockwood requesting Mike Pemberton’s utility bills arrived in a Tom McFarland law firm envelope.

    Pemberton and McFarland face each other in the race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge.

    The letter was signed by Willis Hall, a former McFarland client, who challenged the Roane County Election Commission’s decision to put Pemberton on the ballot.

    Pemberton and his supporters contend the envelope is proof McFarland was behind the effort.

  • RSCC teacher readies for undersea class

    Roane State Community College biology professor Bruce Cantrell will finally have a chance to teach Roane State students about living and working under the sea. And he’ll do it while he lives and works under the sea.

    Cantrell and faculty member Jessica Fain will live and teach from an underwater habitat for 72 days this fall. While they live in a space the size of a college dorm room submerged about 25 feet, Cantrell and Fain will host weekly shows titled Classroom Under the Sea.

  • STUDY ABROAD?

    A grant awarded by the Tennessee Board of Regents helped Roane State Community College students participate in study abroad programs this spring.

    Access and Diversity grants are awarded by the Tennessee Board of Regents to projects promoting diversity, enhancing inclusiveness, and strengthening the presence of underrepresented groups on campuses statewide.

  • Fleischmann will be no-show

    The Roane County Tea Party planned to have U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and rival Weston Wamp appear at a debate forum in Kingston on Thursday.

    Now Fleischmann will not attend.  

    “Congress is in session during that time, so he will not be there,” Fleischmann spokesman Jordan Powell said Sunday.

    The Tea Party sent out a press release on July 10 that said, “Both candidates have agreed to attend.”

  • Schools asking for 9-cent tax hike

    The Roane County Board of Education approved a $64.8 million budget on Thursday that requests a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.

    “It’s certainly not what we need, but it will keep us going for two or three years,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “By that time, we hope the economy will recover and the state will come through with some more funding.”

    The budget passed by an 8-2 vote. Mike “Brillo” Miller and Danny Wright were the two who voted no.

  • ‘God’ motto forum fodder

    Candidates running for District 1 County Commission and Board of Education got a chance to discuss their platforms and other issues during a forum on Thursday.

    The forum was hosted by Rockwood 2000 at city hall.

    Ron Berry, Barry Cofer, Roberta Dennis, Benny East, Wade McCullough, Darryl Meadows, William Bud Strader and Billy Wright are vying for District 1’s three commission seats.

    East and Strader didn’t participate in the forum.

  • New wheels now on patrol in Rockwood
  • Harriman pondering false-alarm policy

    Harriman may be joining Rockwood in establishing a policy for excessive false alarms at area businesses.

    “We have had a lot of trouble with false alarms going off,” said Assistant Fire Chief Brad Daniels.

    It’s not uncommon for the Harriman Fire Department to respond to a call at 2 or 3 a.m. — and the alarm is again going off even before firefighters return to the firehall, Daniels said.

    “They don’t do anything with the alarm,” he added. “They don’t get anyone to work on them.”

  • Chamber forum preceding the start of early voting

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce welcomes the public to attend a candidate forum on July 15 in Roane State Community College’s O’Brien Theatre at 276 Patton Lane in Roane County.

    The doors will open at 5:30 p.m.

    Designed to give each candidate the opportunity to express his view of how government should relate to the local business community, the forum will consist of question-and-answer sessions grouped by city and office.