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Today's News

  • 'Round Rockwood: Oct. 22

    Well it looks like we've got enough of much needed rain. This kind of weather is a good time to settle down with a good book and read. My daughter Nina Swafford gave me a big book to read and laugh at some of her articles by the author Erma Bombeck.

    Our son Joe and his wife Kathleen McKinney are visiting from Chesapeake, Virginia. While here we planned a family get-together Joe's house. Joe and Kathleen have bought our house and plan to move back here soon.

  • Harriman Happenings: Oct. 22

    Missionary Gloria Ward and a friend from Atlanta left Friday to attend a ladies conference in Memphis.

    Early Saturday morning, they left for Blytheville, Ark., to assist in a Bible quizzing where 300 or more youth from different parts of the country were in the quizzing that was sponsored by Cedine Bible Ministry.

  • Correction

    On Page 2 of Roane County News’ Oct. 10 edition, the intended use of rock excavated from around Kingston’s wastewater plant was incorrectly characterized. The county does plan to use the rock for bank stabilization at Crystal Cove, but not along the roadside, not on the waterfront.

  • Red Cross in need of volunteers

    The American Red Cross is seeking volunteers in Roane County to help provide disaster assistance when needed.
    An orientation to introduce the community to Red Cross Emergency Services will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Kingston Community Center.
    Volunteers are especially needed from Harriman, Kingston, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs, Rockwood and the county’s unincorporated communities, including Midtown and Ten Mile.

  • Work toward audit flaggings making strides

    Rockwood officials are making strides to rectify a number of deficiencies that have regularly been part of the city’s financial audits in recent years.
    Rockwood City Council will consider first reading of an ordinance at Monday’s regular meeting to create an internal financial controls policy, use of credit card policy and missing receipt affidavits.
    Changes in policy have already been implemented by City Recorder Becky Ruppe, but she said this will go a long way to making the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury happy.

  • Could Rockwood support year-round pool?

    Getting year round use of the city’s pool with a seasonal cover and lighting the city’s soccer field are both projects being considered to use TVA money toward.
    Rockwood officials have said there is around $600,000 left in funds to request from TVA through the Roane County Economic Development Foundation, which was organized to help divvy up restitution to the communities after the Kingston Fossil Plant spill in December 2008.

  • Ideas Fair coming

    The Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs’ Christmas Ideas Fair is a traditional way to kick off the holiday season.
    This year’s two-day extravaganza will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Nov. 1 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 in Kingston Community Center.
    Breakfast and lunch will be available each day, and dinner will be available on Thursday.
    New to this year’s Ideas Fair are Gifts in a Jar and a Christmas General Store.
    Door prizes, a silent auction and baked goods will be available.
    Demonstrations will also take place throughout both days.

  • Harriman Middle on tap to get new bleachers

    The Roane County Board of Education had a lengthy discussion about a new gym for Harriman Middle School at a meeting in December 2009.
    Board members initially chose a building option that called for bleachers on both sides of the gym.
    After a short break, however, they came back and voted on another option that had bleachers on one side only, and that was eventually how the gym was built.
    The reason given was that putting bleachers on both sides was more expensive, and the board wanted to stay within budget.

  • Changes, death leave Rockwood parks, recreation short staffed

    Rockwood officials are looking at hiring a parks and recreation director in light of situations over the past year that have left the staff short.
    Public Works Director Tom Pierce, who headed up the department, left earlier this year amidst allegations of city credit card abuse.
    Another employee, Tobi Melton, resigned recently. Ricky Lawson, who was serving as an unofficial interim director, recently passed away.

  • Registered sex offender accused of raping teen

    Charles Daniel Mullins was convicted of criminal attempt to commit rape in Cumberland County in 2005.
    He was sentenced to community supervision for life, ordered to wear a GPS tracking unit and was placed on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry.
    Despite the sentence, Mullins is accused of committing another sex crime in Roane County earlier this year.
    The Roane County grand jury indicted him for rape last week. The alleged crime occurred on March 14. The alleged victim was 15.