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Today's News

  • Road supt. candidates tout their experience

    The Roane County Tea Party hosted a candidates forum for road superintendent at the Kingston Community Center last Thursday.

    All three candidates — Jim Beason, Dennis Ferguson and Brian Mullins — attended.

    The road superintendent job pays $76,407. The hopefuls spoke about their qualifications, backgrounds and issues facing the road department.  

    “I’ve been employed with the department for 36 years,” Beason said. “I’m the foreman down there now.”

  • Kingston wants in-lieu-of-tax $$ from county

    Kingston City Council members considered a new source of revenue at an April 3 work session.

    That source: Roane County Government.

    Council members moved to place a request in the form of a letter on the April 10 council session seeking to open “a channel of communication” with Roane County Executive Ron Woody about the possibility of collecting in-lieu-of-tax payments on commercial property the county has previously obtained within city limits.

  • Airport heading to Heritage Center

    Rockwood isn’t the only Roane County community that sees economic benefits of a successful airport.

    The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority announced plans recently to move forward on an airport in the Heritage Center Industrial Park in Oak Ridge.

    “The Airport Authority is charged with monitoring the aviation needs of the region and we believe that it is clearly time to take the steps necessary to place a general aviation airport in Oak Ridge,” said Howard Vogel, chairman of the MKAA Board of Commissioners.

  • Bogus bills show up at 2 businesses over recent weeks

    Rockwood police have filed at least two reports about counterfeit money being used around town in recent weeks.

    On April 3 an officer responded to the Walmart and was given three counterfeit bills — two $20s and one $10 — that were reportedly used at the store last month.

    An officer also made a report about a man passing a fake $10 bill to a carhop at the Sonic Drive-In on March 21.

    When the carhop told the man the bill was fake, the report said the man tried to get it back.

  • Tigers win league championship
  • Wells to be inducted into MNPS Sports Hall of Fame

    Tommy Wells, former Cohn High School All-American running back, will be inducted into the Metro-Nashville Public Schools (MNPS) Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday, April 10. The ceremony will take place at the LP Field banquet hall—home of the Tennessee Titans. 

  • Fielden to play for Roane State

    Some athletes are blessed with the ability to play at a high level in a variety of sports.

  • School board to be a hot race

    Frank Mee had nothing but nice things to say about Darrell “Drack” Langley and Danny R. Wright on Thursday.
    “But I’m not going to endorse one of them,” Mee said.
    That’s because he needs to beat at least one to keep his seat on the Roane County Board of Education.
    Mee, Langley and Wright all qualified to run for District 2’s two seats by Thursday’s filing deadline.

  • Three file to challenge Hurley

    Lackluster showings by Democrats in recent elections have allowed Republicans to capture sizable majorities in the state Senate and House of Representatives.
    The dominance hasn’t scared off one local Democrat from seeking state office, however.
    “I have an extensive history of working with children, and children are popular everywhere,” said Jack McNew, a Harriman resident and past chairman for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District.
    McNew is running for House District 32, which includes parts of Roane and Loudon counties.

  • $1.25 million loan needed to comply with order

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas wants to borrow $1.25 million to build an oxidation ditch required for the city’s sewer system under a Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation director’s order.
    “We have basically been able to tiptoe around that and defer it and put it off and have the order pushed out, but the day is here to do that,” said board Chairman Darryl Meadows. “We have no choice. We have to comply with that order.”