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Today's News

  • Correction to Aug. 2 edition

    The city of Rockwood hasn’t yet made any steps to impose a fee on yard sales, as was stated in the Aug. 2 issue of the Roane County News.
    Rockwood City Council approved returning the matter to the Rockwood Planning Commission for review.
    It was also said in the same issue that an amendment to Rockwood’s tattoo ordinance failed.
    Officials said the amendment did pass to remove the business hours limitation in the ordinance before the ordinance failed second reading in its entirety.
     

  • Sheila Lemons retires from courthouse
  • Coaches poll has Roane teams looking up

    Coaches spend the most time with their team and observing other teams.
    Fans of Roane County’s five football teams, however, are hoping they have missed out on their preseason predictions, as no team from Roane County has been picked to win a district title according to the 2013 Murphy Fair’s Coaches Poll.
    The highest projected finishing team in Roane County this season is Rockwood. John Webb’s Tigers are picked to finish second overall in District 3-A behind Grace Christian Academy.

  • Harriman Housing chief ousted

    Harriman Housing Authority is looking for new leadership.
    Its board voted unanimously to terminate director Sheila Smith, who had been on administrative leave while an investigation into allegations of wrongdoing were explored.
    The board consists of chair Wayne Best, Mike Demyanovich, Alicia Harris, Alfrieda Forney and Maria Nelson.
    Smith was accused of favoring family, including her son, Zachary Christian, who, since 2011, has been in and out of an HHA residence despite alleged criminal activity.

  • Another Houston lawyer quits

    The displeasure Rocky Houston displayed with attorney Robert Kurtz during a hearing on July 8 was a sign of things to come.
    Kurtz was appointed that day to represent Houston in his federal firearms case. 
    “This man is ineffective,” Houston shouted in the courtroom. “I can’t work with this man.”
    Kurtz’s attempts to work with Houston over the next couple of weeks would prove unsuccessful.
    The lawyer filed a motion on Houston’s behalf on July 26 to review his appointment as counsel.

  • Tattoo battle dropped

    What can happen to one business can happen to any.
    That was among the concerns raised by Rockwood business owners who spoke out against proposed regulations  to  tattoo parlors in Rockwood, particularly limits to their hours.
    “If you can do it to them, you can do it to anybody,” said John Evans.
    The ordinance failed on its second reading last week, much to the relief of owners James and Alexis Spencer.
    “I think it is completely absolutely absurd,” James said.

  • Woman helps man stuck on train track

    John Binseel was proud when his wife, Barbara, gave a helping hand to a stranger recently.
    John Binseel said the couple had seen the wheelchair-bound man, who is missing a leg, earlier that day, but when they parked in downtown Rockwood later, they saw him again on nearby railroad tracks.
    “A wheel had fallen down next to the track, and he was stuck and couldn’t get out,” John said.
    His wife picked up the wheel and moved it.

  • Desired response

    Betty Foy of Renaissance Terrace was surprised with a flower bouquet and balloon to celebrate Make Someone Smile Week. Yellow flowers and balloons filled the halls and rooms thanks to Rosemary’s Florist. “People in the nursing homes are going through something life changing, so we wanted to get to them first,” said Misty Mangum with the flower shop.

    They brought in flowers and balloons to celebrate Make Someone Smile Week.
    The week, July 21-27, was sponsored by Teleflora, a flower delivery service.

  • GUEST OPINION: Rights for religious same for those who believeth not

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Government in America must be neutral among religions and neutral between religion and non-religion — at least that’s how the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the establishment clause of the First Amendment.

    But escalating conflicts involving government treatment of the nonreligious — atheists and humanists — reveal that far too many government officials are confused and conflicted about the meaning of “neutrality.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Has Chambliss unwittingly spilled NSA beans?

    On This Week with George Stephanopoulis, Sunday, 28 July, 2013, Georgia Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss was asked by the interlocutor whether he would be surprised to learn that National Security Agency (NSA) people had listened in on telephone conversations.