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  • Committee seeks detonation plan

    Officials would like to see a policy for detonating explosives found in Roane County.

    The solid waste committee voted last week to have County Executive Ron Woody coordinate with the emergency management department and the Knox County bomb squad to come up with a plan.   

    “Then, I guess it will come back to the solid waste committee for us to make a recommendation on,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said.

    Ellis and Commissioner Benny East said the policy should be for explosives found in Roane County only.

  • Man charged with rape of 3-year-old

    A Roane County man faces a felony charge for an alleged sex crime against a toddler.

    William H. Waters of 213 Paint Rock Road is charged with one count of child rape.

    Waters, 31, was indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury last month.

    According to the indictment, the alleged crime happened in January when the victim was 3 years old.

    Waters allegedly sexually penetrated the victim.  

    Several other men were indicted on sex charges by the grand jury.

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  • Further appeal could cost you

    The adage “nothing in life is free” will hold true for property owners who appeal their new assessments with the State Board of Equalization.

    A fee is required to file an appeal.

    According to the state board, the fees defray part of the cost of processing and hearing property tax appeals at the state level.

    The fees range from $17.50 to $55 depending on the value of a person’s property.

  • Counterfeiting operation busted

    A four-month investigation uncovered a local counterfeiting organization that cost more than $80,000 in losses for Roane County businesses.

    “These were counterfeit checks,” Harriman Detective Daniel Schneider said.

    Schneider only has estimates on how much the counterfeiting cost Roane County businesses, but he said the checks were passed in surrounding areas, as well.

  • Hurley ousts Ferguson from longtime state House seat

    By Damon Lawrence and Katie Hogin
    The Republican wave sweeping the country drowned Dennis Ferguson's career in the Tennessee General Assembly Tuesday night.

    The incumbent Democrat from Midtown lost to Lenoir City Republican Julia Hurley in the race for the 32nd District seat in the State House of Representatives.

    “It's just a tide I couldn't stop,” Ferguson told supporters during his concession speech.

    Hurley took the early vote and went on to defeat Ferguson by a final tally of 8,833 to 7,834.

  • Unofficial Election Day results for Roane candidates

    Tennessee House of Representatives, 32nd District

    All Roane and Loudon County precincts reporting (unofficial)

    Julia Hurley 8,833

    Dennis Ferguson 7,834


    Twenty-four of 24 Roane County precincts reporting (unofficial)

    U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District

    Scott DesJarlais 6,995

    Lincoln Davis 4,682

    Paul H. Curtis 194

    James Gray 88

    Richard S. Johnson 48

  • Berry trades for ambulance post

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry wasn’t going to let a chance to serve on the commission’s ambulance committee pass him by.
    He traded his spot on the in-lieu-of-tax committee with Commissioner Copper Bacon to get on the ambulance committee.
    Commissioners approved the committee assignments at their Oct. 18 meeting.
    Berry said he’s not sure why his name wasn’t on the ambulance committee list to begin with. He’s been outspoken about financial problems facing the ambulance department.

  • New roof planned for gymnasium at Rockwood Middle

    The Rockwood Middle School gym got a new floor not too long ago. Soon the building will have a new roof.
    The current roof is in need of repair and the Roane County Board of Education voted last week to replace it.
    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the gym has a rubber membrane roof on it. She showed the board pictures and explained the problem.
    “You can see that the seam is splitting,” she said.
    The estimated cost for the new roof is $66,000.