Local News

  • Rockwood leaders set to finalize ‘fine’ budget

    Rockwood City Council will consider final reading of its budget at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday.

    No tax increase is planned for the $7.2 million budget.

    “I think it will be a fine budget. I think it is great we can go with another budget without a tax increase,” Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    The city also hopes to continue raising its fund balance, which they estimate will be a beginning fund balance of $1.1 million at the beginning of fiscal year 2018-19.

    Last year’s beginning fund balance was $841,891.

  • Rockwood utilities making plans for 2 downtown facilities

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas heard from local firms anxious to plan out the design of their new facilities.

    The utility is looking at an office complex in downtown where the former Junior’s Restaurant is and a large space not far away on Front Street for warehousing and vehicles.

    “I really don’t think we have a bad choice. I think the top four are well qualified,” said manager Kim Ramsey following the four hours of hearing from leading engineering and architectural firms.

  • Elmore, Watson on regional board

    Amid much praise and a single dissenting voice, the Roane County Commission voted 15-0 on Monday to appoint Charles Elmore to the Regional Library Board.

    “I recommend him highly,” Commissioner Carolyn Granger said.

    Resident Roberta Dennis asked the Commission to consider someone else when she addressed officials on the matter during public comment.

    “It needs to be an experienced person and someone that’s trustworthy,” she said.

    Elmore responded to her accusations.

  • Breakfast support helped South Gate Lodge fund two scholarships

    On behalf of South Gate Masonic Lodge, we would like to thank everyone who attended our country breakfast on May 12.

    Funds from this event enabled us to supply two $500 scholarships this school year.

    Come visit us again June 16 and support this great cause and, once again, thank you to the Roane County News for your support of community events.

    Terry R. Ward


    South Gate Masonic Lodge, Harriman

  • Saturday morning emergency session called to accept school director's resignation

    Roane County Board of Education Chairman Rob Jago has called a Saturday morning emergency board meeting to accept Director of Schools Leah Watkins' letter of resignation.

    The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. in the boardroom of the Edward E. Williams Building at 105 Bluff Road, Kingston.

    The emergency-called session also includes appointing an interim director of schools.

  • Pair in stolen SUV arrested for drug possession

    Two women are facing drug charges following a weekend traffic stop in Rockwood.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Chris Kennedy pulled over a red Ford Explorer Saturday night because it was pulling a trailer with no lighting equipment activated on the trailer.

    “I conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle in the 1400 block of N. Gateway Avenue,” the report said.

  • SS3 car vandals strike in Rockwood

    Three Rockwood residents reported having vehicles vandalized last week.

    “They had the same thing written on them,” Rockwood Police Chief Bill Stinnett said.

    Officer Patrick Richard spoke with all three victims on June 6.

    According to one report, he met with Jill Fisher at 421 Lakemont Drive.

    “While speaking to Mrs. Fisher, she informed me her truck had been spray painted and continued to show me the black SS3 on the side,” the report said.

  • Four firms seeking architectural nod for utility operations

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas board members will meet in a workshop at 10 a.m. Wednesday to hear proposals regarding their new office and operational center.

    “We are listening to presentations from the architects/engineering firms that have been shortlisted to work on the new office and operation center. There will be four presentations- from 10-2,” said manager Kim Ramsey.

    The firms who will present at the workshop are Allen and Hoshall; McCarty Hosaple McCarty; The Lewis Group; and Michael Brady Inc.

  • ‘You’re out of order’

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody usually remains seated while discussing resolutions at County Commission meetings.

    A resolution presented at Monday’s meeting prompted him to stand up.

    “As the chief executive officer, and looking at what this county wants to try to accomplish in emergency services, I’m recommending everyone vote to pass this resolution,” Woody said.

    The resolution he was speaking about called for purchasing the Roane County Rescue Squad building for $258,000.