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Today's News

  • Rockwood eyes waterfront development again

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Acres of lakefront property are a potential boon Rockwood officials want to capitalize on.

    They hope to do so with a mix of recreational opportunities, focusing first on water trails and walking trails but also looking at one large field as a possible recreational vehicle park.

    Mayor James Watts said he and City Recorder Becky Ruppe had been talking about possible grants to make such a project happen.

  • Elk hunt permit auction underway

    The fifth permit for participation in Tennessee’s fifth managed elk hunt will be awarded to the successful bidder in an eBay auction to be held from July 18-28. Proceeds from the auction benefit the state’s elk restoration program.
    Since the elk hunt was implemented in 2009, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) has donated a permit to a Non-Governmental Organization to join four others who were selected from a computer drawing.The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation (TWRF) is the recipient of this year’s donated special take permit.

  • WECO Outdoor Show set for this weekend

    The 25th annual WECO Outdoor Show sponsored by the Highland Family and Tennessee College of Applied Technology will be held this Friday and Saturday on the courthouse square in Wartburg.
        “I appreciate all the support we’ve gotten and especially thank Highland Family and Tennessee College of Applied Technology for their sponsorship and our good friends at the Morgan County News for their support,” said WECO General Manager Ed Knight.

  • Tigers looking to fill holes in passing game

    Anyone that has ever put together a puzzle knows it can be a mess at the beginning, but can look beautiful when everything comes together.

  • Alt school on chopping block

    The Roane County Board of Education is trying to decide how to make $1.582 million in budget cuts after its request for a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate was refused by the Roane County Commission. 
    The board heard a recommendation from Director of Schools Gary Aytes on what cuts to make during a Monday work session.
    “Our goal here was two-fold,” Aytes said. “First, protect achievement and, second, to protect our people’s jobs.”

  • State begins work on Hwy. 58/70 mess

    There may be some delays driving through Kingston over the next two or three months, but take heart — the inconveniences should serve to alleviate the city’s most severe traffic issue over the long haul.
    This month, the long-awaited restructuring of the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 70 begins, along with a massive repaving project, and the addition of high-tech traffic control systems on the affected roadways.
    The state-funded project began July 13 and continues through September.

  • Flooding temporarily shuts down firehall

    Rockwood Fire Department’s Station No. 2 on South Kingston Avenue is temporarily closed after heavy rainwater came through the rear walls and flooded the building.
    A crack in the wall had water pouring through it, and water seeped in elsewhere.
    Even the firefighters’ living quarters were flooded during the heavy rainfall that fell over the Fourth of July holiday weekend.
    Fire equipment was moved to Station No. 1, and the ambulance service moved to Midtown.

  • Man in police chase caught in Kingston

    A Tellico Plains man wanted on 22 charges stemming from a police chase was arrested in Kingston late Sunday night.
    The charges against Austin C. Burns included reckless endangerment, evading arrest, aggravated assault and leaving the scene of an accident.
    “He stole a truck from his girlfriend’s mother,” Kingston Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said. “He ran from the deputies, ran from us, hit one of our cars, hit a van full of people up in Oak Ridge and then took off in the woods.”   

  • This Harriman budget comes without tax hike

    Harriman City Council approved final reading of its 2014 budget recently with no tax increase.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, however, for a second year, predicted one would be coming down the road.
    “I don’t know when our last increase in taxes was. I just want to give fair warning: It is coming. One day, there will be a tax increase,” Mason said.
    He even said that Treasurer Charles Kerley asks about raising taxes each year.
    “Wait, he didn’t say that,” Kerley quipped.

  • Kingston moves to pave Kentucky Street

    Kingston may have finally found a way to put its long-accumulating state highway funds to good use.
    Kingston City Council approved a measure at the July 9 full council meeting authorizing Mayor Troy Beets to apply to the Tennessee Department of Transportation for permission to use more than $300,000 in Surface Transportation Program funds — state funds municipalities receive annually, and which Kingston has been saving for three years now — to pave Kentucky Street.
    There’s a hitch in using STP funds, however.