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Today's News

  • Bellyache, fevers among fire calls

    Rockwood Fire Department personnel have responded to calls for assistance and ended up doing menial chores like checking the mail.
    A growing number of first-responder calls like that have officials worried that emergency resources are being wasted. They are evaluating what calls they should respond to.
    “We’ve had some issues here in the past, but they really got really bad here lately,” Rockwood Assistant Fire Chief Matt Crabtree said. “We are being dispatched to a lot of calls that don’t necessarily require our services.”

  • Merging schools eyed for savings

    As Roane County Schools ponder how to solve its financial crisis, some officials aren’t sold that consolidation is the answer to the problem.
    “If Roane County had to build a high school, how many pennies (on the county’s property-tax rate) would $40 million cost?” Commissioner Jerry Goddard asked during a recent budget committee meeting.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, chairman of the budget committee, estimated that a new high school could cost the county $40 million to $50 million.

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  • Kingston funds head to county coffers

    One of the duties of a county executive is to look after the financial interests of the county.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody recently discovered that some of the local option sales tax revenue that should be going to the county is, instead, going to the city of Kingston.
    His due diligence could result in nearly $1 million going into county coffers over the next nine years.
    “The knowledge that we have, because of our understanding of the laws, helped Roane County Government,” Woody said.

  • Stephenson leads OS past Oakdale, 72-27

     

    It wasn’t a perfect game for the Oliver Springs Bobcats Friday night at Oakdale, but it was mighty close as Wiley Brackett’s squad scored early and often in a 72-27 victory over the Eagles in a District 4-A contest.

    The win was a big bounce back following last week’s disappointing 30-12 loss against York Institute.

  • Tigers rally past Blue Devils, 32-14

     

    The Rockwood Tigers ran their winning streak to five straight and 13 out of 14 over Harriman Friday night with a 32-14 victory at Wallace Black Field.  

    Friday’s victory wasn’t easy, however, as the Tigers trailed 14-6 late in the first half before scoring the final 26 points of the contest.

  • Kingston falls at Scott, 14-12

     

    All good things must come to an end, as the Kingston Yellow Jackets took one on the chin against the Scott High Highlanders, dropping a 14-12 decision in Huntsville Friday night.

    This was the first loss to Scott High for Kingston since 2003.

  • Rockwood ready to sell industrial parcel

    Rockwood has set a minimum price for the Tenclo building, the name given to the industrial park tract owned by the city.
    A resolution giving the Rockwood Industrial Development Board permission to sell the property for no less than $175,000 was approved by Rockwood City Council recently.
    Roane Metals Group has expressed interest in the property and made an offer.

  • Animal shelters mend relations

    A short while ago Rockwood officials decided to end the city’s contract with Roane County Animal Shelter.
    City officials were upset they were getting billed for animals other than those brought by their animal control officer.
    That relationship has now mended, with Rockwood officials wanting to make a new contract with Roane County to deal with any overcrowding that may occur at Rockwood Animal Shelter. They hope to get approval of a new contract that would limit the animals the city paid for to those brought in by the animal control officer.

  • Gospel singing to boost reunion

    A gospel music benefit for 24th annual Dudley Evans Family Singers Reunion will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 in Walnut Hill Baptist Church at 106 Birch St., Harriman.

    The Evans Family, Southland Quartet, Crimson River, Gracesong and Dave Raby will be featured.

    The Singers Reunion, which typically helps benefit community services, will be Sept. 20-21 at Roane County Park, Midtown.

    Friday’s event will feature The Freemans of Nashville, with Heirline of Chattanooga headlining on Saturday.