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Today's News

  • County raises may be hard to come by

    Pay raises have become a hot button issue as county officials work to put together a budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year.

    “Everything that the employees are buying is increasing, so I feel that the salaries should be increasing as well,” Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said. “That’s my personal opinion.”

    Despite an increase in the cost of goods and services, trustee office employees and others at the courthouse are looking at another year without a raise.

  • SEC fines former county adviser

    A company that previously helped guide Roane County on financial matters will be forking over millions of dollars to resolve its legal woes.

    Last week the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced that Morgan Keegan & Co. and Morgan Asset Management agreed to pay $200 million to settle fraud charges related to subprime mortgage-backed securities.

  • Outgoing Rockwood council members speak of pride, pain

    A touching moment closed the end of the last regular Rockwood City Council meeting Monday.

    All the outgoing members were honored for their efforts on the council with plaques listing their years of service and the committees they served on.

    Councilwoman Krystal Hennager said she may be leaving her seat but wouldn’t be leaving the council chambers.

    Instead, she’ll be where residents sit and working on projects geared for youth.

    “Save me a seat,” Hennager said.

  • Changes expected for Rockwood council

    Some changes may be in the works for the new Rockwood City Council meets for the first time after its swearing-in today.

    A resolution could mean that Vice Mayor Peggy Evans is replaced with the top vote-getter in this year’s election, Jason Jolly.
    Officials have said that traditionally Evans would remain vice mayor her entire term. However, Mayor James Watts said he wouldn’t object to having someone vote for someone else to be vice mayor.

  • Harriman man charged with sexual exploitation of a minor

    STAFF REPORTS
    A Harriman man indicted on one count of sexual exploitation of a minor turned himself in to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office Monday.
    Benjamin Willard Miller, 33, 425 Byrd Avenue, on or around May 6, 2011, possessed “material which includes computer-generated photograph(s) of more than 100 in number, depicting a minor engaging in sexual activity,” the true bill from his June 21 indictment said.
    Roane County Sheriff’s records indicated Miller turned himself in to the detention center. 
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  • Kingston’s the place to be on Fourth of July

    This is the time of year when Kingston really shines.
    The preparation for the Fourth of July has been going on all year, but the week before is a blur of activity.
    Crews are out trimming along the lakefront, the American flags have been posted on the main streets. Set up for the thousands and thousands of people who come in for a great, small-town fireworks show — and more — is under way.
    It’s great that Roane County has such an option.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Vanderbilt poll produces surprising data

    We wonder why the preachers of the ilk of Pat Robertson, Jerry Falwell, et al., who have always been so vociferous in assigning great disasters, such as floods, earthquakes, tornados and hurricanes, to God’s wrath as punishment for man’s shortcomings of a Liberal nature, but remain totally silent when such disasters have befallen areas dominated by those of a Conservative nature.

  • 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.

    Brandin Lee Hudson, two counts violation of probation May 5, 2008. Dismissed March 28, cost to state.

    Brandon L. Hudson, violation of probation May 5, 2008. Dismissed March 28, cost to state.

    William J. Lanter, violation of probation Dec. 20. Dismissed March 28, cost to state.

    Jennifer A. McGhee, two counts violation of probation June 22, 2009. Guilty as charged March 8, convicted.

  • Mortgage fraud one of major schemes

    Mortgage fraud schemes continue to be a major problem in communities across the nation, and combating them is one of the Department of Justice’s highest priorities.

    U.S. Attorney Bill Killian said the Eastern District of Tennessee is averaging one mortgage fraud case per month.

    Total losses estimated by all the mortgage fraud cases currently being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office are in the tens of millions of dollars.

    Assistant U.S. attorneys have been active in pursuing the prosecution of these cases.

  • Harriman students cited for PLAN completion

    Harriman High School seniors who completed the PLAN program were recently honored at the school’s awards day presentation.

    PLAN stands for Prepare, Learn and Navigate, and the project’s goals include raising awareness about postsecondary education, helping students avoid roadblocks in the admissions and registration process, and providing students with tools to optimize success.