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Today's News

  • Who's moving into Physicians Plaza?

    Midtown’s conversion as the center of Roane County’s health-care community is taking a big leap this month.
    Harriman Building Inspector Maria Nelson reports 10 health-care providers are taking up residence in the newly completed Physicians Plaza of Roane County.
    About $7.5 million was invested into the 45,000-square-foot medical office complex, developed by Agilitas Property Development Inc. in Nashville and owned by Physicians Plaza of Roane County LLC. Developers said the building was 90 percent leased before the first shovel of earth was turned.

  • Eye Centers of Harriman, Rockwood merge to occupy central office in new facility

    The Eye Center at Harriman and The Eye Center at Rockwood have now merged their offices into one new location, The Eye Center at Midtown.
    “We are in the new Physician’s Plaza, located near exit 350 off I-40, across from the Kroger at Pinnacle Point on Hwy. 70,” said Dr. Scott Baer, one of four optometrists serving patients in the new office.
    “The experienced and friendly staff our patients have come to know is now at The Eye Center of Midtown, too,” he explained.

  • Ready to pay more for water? Rockwood hike over first hurdle

    A proposed 30-percent increase in water rates squeaked by its first reading by the Rockwood City Council Friday.

    Mayor James Watts broke the tie in favor of the increase, casting his vote with those of Pete Wright, Jason Jolly and Jane Long.

    Mike Freeman, Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Bill Thompson voted against it.

    “If you vote it down, you are probably going to have people say ‘I’m so glad you did that,’” Watts said.

  • County may have to borrow from itself to make payroll

    The county could have to borrow money to make payroll during the fiscal year.

    “We came within a few days last (fiscal) year of doing it,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The biggest source of revenue for the county’s general fund is property tax. The fiscal year started July 1, but the bulk of the property tax money doesn’t come in until December and February.

    “We still have to make payroll July, August, September, October and November without a lot of revenue coming in,” Woody said.

  • Roane County News snags seven TPA awards

    The Roane County News received seven awards, including first place for Damon Lawrence’s investigative reporting, during the annual Tennessee Press Association awards ceremony on Friday.

    “Damon wins out not just for story but his continued pursuit of news and insight,” judges wrote about Lawrence’s work.

    “Great job getting after it.”

  • Charges may be coming in marijuana find

    The marijuana authorities eradicated in Roane County last week could lead to criminal charges.

    “No one was arrested yet, but we do have some information we’ll present to a grand jury and try to seek indictment at a later time,” said Jason Poore, the east team leader for the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradica-tion.  

    After finding about 2,470 plants on July 11, Poore said the task force, working in conjunction with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, discovered close to 500 plants the following day.

  • Harriman still irked at paying more in taxes

    Harriman officials are  going to voice their displeasure in writing with what they feel is unfair county taxation.

    J.D. Sampson was one of four Harriman City Council members who, with Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley, attended a Roane County Commission meeting in opposition of higher property taxes for Harriman and other cities.

    “We felt it was unfair to tax us and give the residents outside the city a decrease,” Sampson said.

  • Insurance bids lead to conflict in Rockwood

    One of the many bidders for the city of Rockwood’s and Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas combined insurance policy calls one council member mom.

    John Evans of The Evans Agency submitted bids when the city recently advertised, looking at combining insurance between the traditional city employees and the Rockwood Water,
    Sewer and Natural Gas employees.

    Evans is the son of Peggy Evans, the city’s vice mayor.

  • Hines stepping back from duties

    Jim Hines wears many hats in the city of Rockwood, but he soon may be wearing only one.

    Hines said he has talked to Mayor James Watts about retiring in the fall and staying on as a contractor for a few days a week for building inspector duties.

    He currently serves in the multiple roles of building inspector, city recorder and city administrator.

    “I’m going to go ahead and retire, come back as a contract employee,” Hines said.

    His responsibilities grew too heavy for the outgoing inspector.

  • 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 3 CASES DISPOSED

    Michael L. Howard, driving while license suspended, registration law, simple possession/casual exchange, leave scene of accident property damage and financial responsibility law. All dismissed.

    Amanda L. Moore, simple possession/casual exchange. Guilty.