Today's News

  • Utility works on 15-year plan



    >The Rockwood Water, Wastewater and Natural Gas Board is trying to get one step ahead of the game.

    In order to do that, the board has established a 15-year strategic plan for its facilities, including improvements and upgrades.

    “We’re trying to be proactive,” Chairman and City Councilman James Neal said.

    The board will meet with city council and representative John West from the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation at 6 p.m. May 6.

  • Official irked at jail delays



    Chris Johnson’s official title is 6th District County Commissioner.

    However, he’s vowing to become overseer of the county’s new jail project. Construction is months behind schedule, and Johnson said he’s hopping mad about it.

    “I have not heard any explanation that satisfies me why we can be four months behind,” Johnson said.

  • Lady Raiders have banner year

    Roane State Community College’s softball team ended the regular season with its best conference record in school history.

    The Lady Raiders went 8-12 in TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII and 18-32 overall. Roane State plays Saturday in the TJCCAA/NJCAA Region VII Tournament in Columbia. The team’s opponent has yet to be determined.

    Roane State has improved its overall win total — four, eight, 12 and now 18 — in each of its four seasons under head coach Sue Niemi.

  • Cofer headed to Tennessee Wesleyan



    A lot of players have talent while others have a great work ethic, but it’s not often that players combine the two.

    Rockwood third baseman Amber Cofer is a player that is blessed with talent and an even better work ethic. Now Cofer has parlayed that combination into an athletic scholarship with Tennessee Wesleyan College.

    “I’m real excited,” Cofer said at Monday’s signing ceremony. “I’ve always dreamed of playing softball in college.”

  • Committee sees progress now in jail construction



    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said he’s not happy with the state of the county’s new jail project.

    “I’ll be happy when (Sheriff) Jack (Stockton) locks up the first person,” Farmer said.

    Farmer made those comments at the end of a jail construction oversight committee meeting on Wednesday.

  • Dark horse or spoiler? Fenner runs for senate



    Ken Yager and Becky Ruppe might not be the only 12th District state senate candidates on the ballot in the fall.

    Christopher Fenner plans to give the voters yet another choice.

    The Roane County resident said he’s running for the senate seat as an independent.

    Yager, a Republican, and Ruppe, a Democrat, are the obvious frontrunners in the race.

    But Fenner has been a political underdog before.

  • Kingston proposed tax increase 7 cents



    The trend this budget season seems to be aiming for a tight one.

    Kingston City Council discussed expected revenues and expenditures for the 2008-09 fiscal year and to determine which capital improvements are the most important for the city.

    The council, which met last week, was joined by department heads who approached council with their needs.

    Expected revenues are about $5.079 million, which is an increase of $673,985, or 15 percent over last year.

  • Budget Cut ... Advantage Center in jeopardy


    Morgan County News Editor

    It’s a joy to be first in many things in life but if you’re Robert Griffith, lately it doesn’t feel so good.

    Griffith is the first local victim of a $200,000 state budget cut. The reason — he has a drivers license.

    The 47-year-old had been enrolled at The Advantage Center in Wartburg since it opened its doors in Morgan County in 1995. Prior to that he was enrolled with Emory Valley Center and rode a van from his home in Morgan County to Oak Ridge for services.

  • Board considers new filtration system for cafeterias


    Morgan County News Editor

    Morgan County Schools are considering a new water filtration system for cafeterias.

  • Roane Relay For Life June 20

    In its 7th year, walkers will go around the clock in the battle against cancer during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Roane County.

    Teams of Roane County residents will gather at Roane State Community College on June 20 at 6 p.m. for an overnight relay against cancer. Relay For Life is a family-oriented team event where participants walk relay-style around the track and take part in fun activities off the track. Teams can include coworkers, club members, family and friends who have gathered donations prior to the event.