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  • County, cities may seek $900 million

    Roane County, along with Harriman and Kingston, could be seeking as much as $900 million in damages from TVA and Jacobs Engineering Group.

    Attorneys representing the county and cities listed that figure in an amended complaint filed as part of a motion in U.S. District Court last month.

    “The amendment requested herein seeks to remedy the alleged ‘deficiencies’ in the complaint which have been raised by the defendants by way of their motions to dismiss,” the attorneys for the county and cities said in their motion to amend.

  • Woody takes jail committee to task

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody doesn’t think the County Commission’s Jail Alternative Committee is serious about reducing the population of the jail.

    Woody met with the committee on Sept. 3 to discuss a state program that provides funding for electronic monitoring.

    “If we want to try to cut some of our inmates down and we can convince the judges to use electronic monitoring, the state will pay for half of it,” he told the committee on Sept. 3.

  • Kingston Spooktacular looking for helpers

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody doesn’t think the County Commission’s Jail Alternative Committee is serious about reducing the population of the jail.

    Woody met with the committee on Sept. 3 to discuss a state program that provides funding for electronic monitoring.

    “If we want to try to cut some of our inmates down and we can convince the judges to use electronic monitoring, the state will pay for half of it,” he told the committee on Sept. 3.

  • Bond resolutions delayed to October

    The Roane County Commission is planning to take up the resolutions that deal with borrowing money in October.

    They were on the agenda for the Sept. 9 meeting, but got postponed.

    One resolution deals with borrowing $3.9 million for the Oliver Springs school project.

    The Commission previously borrowed around $5.4 million for the project, but that wasn’t enough.

    The other resolution calls for borrowing $1 million for the jail expansion. That project is estimated to cost $23 million.

  • Welcome home!

     

    CHRIS BARGER/Special to Roane County News
    A group of Kingston Elementary School students welcome home Jackson Igou,  a Roane County youth who has been hospitalized for illness. Jackson was able to come home last week and the community wanted to show him support and celebrate with the family.

  • September 28 Benefit at Children’s Museum Features Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Bill Bass and Frank Murphy

     

    Dr. William “Bill” Bass, founder of the “Body Farm” at the University of Tennessee, and radio personality Frank Murphy have appeared together many times since Murphy began interviewing the renowned forensic anthropologist each time a new Jefferson Bass novel was published.

  • Seventeen non-profits awarded county donation

    Seventeen non-profits are set to receive money from Roane County Government during the 2019-20 fiscal year.

    “They all seem to be very worthy and came recommended,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said about the organizations that will receive money. “Some of them are new, which is kind of good because you don’t want to continue to fund the same programs necessarily all the time because at some point in time they need to take off on their own.”

    Meadows is chairman of the County Commission’s Non-Profit Committee.

  • OLYMPIC SPIRIT
  • Teenager defends his mom

    A teen came to his mother’s aid when she was allegedly being assaulted by her husband last week.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Department Sgt. Jason Halliburton responded to 301 North Ridge Ave., on Sept. 10 to investigate a domestic situation.

    Halliburton said there was an overturned table along with things on the floor that was indicative of a fight or struggle.

    The alleged victim told him that her husband of about two months, Jeffrey L. Douglas, beat her with his fist five to six times, which resulted in several knots on her face.

  • RPD uses Taser on suspect

    Rockwood police used a Taser on a shoplifting suspect inside Walmart earlier this month.

    The report said Officer Kendall Mitchell responded to the store on a shoplifting call when he encountered the suspect, identified as Rita Barnes.