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Today's News

  • Devils ready for state tourney
  • It's official: 30-percent water rate hike final for Rockwood

    Rockwood water and sewer customers will soon see an increase in their rates.
    The Rockwood City Council approved a 30 percent water rate increase Monday.
    The measure will automatically raise sewer rates, which are figured as 150 percent of the water bill.

    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans was the only vote of opposition during the final round of approval.
    “I can’t see adding more expenses to each of those citizens out there paying these rates unless we cut the budget to the maximum,” Evans said.

  • Two men sentenced for sex crimes against children

    Two Roane County men are headed to prison after pleading guilty to sex crimes against children.
    William Howard Waters was indicted on one count of child rape last year.
    The 3-year-old victim was sexually penetrated by Waters, according to the indictment.
    He faced as much as 60 years in prison on the original charge.
    However, after reaching a plea deal with prosecutors, he will serve less than a decade.
    Waters, 32, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery.
    He was sentenced last week to eight years in prison.

  • Kirkham-Colbert

    Philip and Lucy Kirkham of Rockwood announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Julie Anne Kirkham, to Richard Logan Colbert.

    He is the son of Richard and Wanda Colbert of Brentwood.

    An autumn ceremony at Evins Mill is planned.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of David Kirkham of Rockwood and the late Mary Kirkham and the late James and Mary Elizabeth Frazier.

  • Landyn James Goad

    Landyn James Goad was born at 7:13 p.m. July 6 in Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, Knoxville.

    He weighed 3 pounds, 2.4 ounces and was 16 inches long.

    He is the son of Tressa Shawntae Gibson and Travis Ray Goad of Rockwood.

    Grandparents are Tracie Pickard of Harriman, Sean Gibson of Rockwood and Karen and Lonnie Goad of Harriman,

    Great-grandparents are Clara Pickard of Harriman and the late Willie Pickard, Beverly and Rolland Gibson of Rockwood and Hazel Frederick.

  • The Garden Gate: Grapevine goodness gets sunny boost

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    MAY 6 CASES DISPOSED

    Dorian L. Lester, financial responsibility law. Dismissed.

    Michael D. Forbes, speeding. Conditional dismissal. Financial responsibility law. Guilty.

     Steven D. Bain, speeding. Conditional dismissal. First-offense seat belt 16-17. Guilty as charged. Registration law and financial responsibility law. Dismissed.

  • Salute the Bill of Rights and save on legal bills

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Here we go again.
    In a familiar legal skirmish, a judge has once again told a local government that it has to remove a Ten Commandments monument from public grounds because it violates the establishment clause of the First Amendment.
    Senior District Judge Maurice Paul ordered Dixie County, Fla., officials to remove the monument from the grounds of the courthouse in Cross City.

  • Take a sales tax break: Exempt items include clothes, computers and school supplies

    Area businesses and consumers will get a boost from Tennessee’s Sales Tax Holiday next weekend, said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman.

    The special weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Aug. 5 and ends at 11:59 p.m. Aug. 7.

  • Last chance to pick up Harriman alum photos

    Harriman City Schools Alumni Association will offer miscellaneous photographs to the public for the last time this summer on Aug. 13.

    The photos of stu-
    dents who attended Harriman City Schools have accumulated since the 1970s.

    They will be available to the public from 3 to 6 p.m. in front of the Temperance Building.

    A few yearbooks from the 1980s and 1990s will also be available.

    Donations will be accepted to help support scholarship funds administered by the Alumni Association.