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Today's News

  • Rockwood sewer improvements progressing

    Work is coming along on the  oxidation ditch at Rockwood, Water, Sewer and Natural Gas wastewater plant.
    The oxidation ditch is part of the utilities’ requirements under the Tennessee Environment and Conservation director’s order.
    “We are on schedule, and we haven’t lost any days to rain, believe it or not,” said utilities manager Kim Ramsey.
    The 330-day contract with J. Cumby Construction should be completed by June 13, 2014, but officials are optimistic it will be completed sooner.

  • Free workshops aim to assist business owners

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering three free workshops for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The workshops will be in  Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Two workshops are planned for Sept. 17. The first, from 9 a.m. to noon, focuses on how to do business with the government.

    Women-owned small business certifications will be later, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

  • Laymance joins Roane County Family Practice

    Dr. Jonathan Ben Laymance of Wartburg has joined Roane County Family Practice of Harriman.

    He began on Sept. 1 and is now accepting new patients in offices in Physicians Plaza of Roane County at 1822 Tanner Way, Midtown.

    Call 376-6272 for details.

    Laymance is board certified in family medicine. He was a 2010 graduate of Meharry Medical College, Nashville.

  • 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.