Local News

  • Small reactor would hit environment hard

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has released a draft environmental impact statement related to a permit for TVA’s construction of a small modular reactor on the Clinch River.

    The draft found that there are some moderate to large impacts on the environment that can be expected during building and operation.

    The information was released at a meeting held in Kingston Tuesday during which NRC officials described the review process and informed attendees how to provide their input to the process.

  • Rockwood Animal Shelter closed again

    Rockwood Animal Shelter is closed again after the resignation of animal control and codes enforcement officer Josh Strickland.

    The shelter closed on Friday. Officials aren’t sure when it may reopen. Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said they will likely reopen it.

    “We are going to look at it and see where we are on it,” Miller said.

    Strickland said the hours, including seven days a week of coming in to clean the shelter, caused a strain. It was hard doing animal control, the shelter and codes enforcement.

  • Choirs concert to benefit seniors riding program

    Roane County ElderWatch is sponsoring a fundraiser featuring the area’s church choirs.

    The June 22 concert will benefit Round About Roane, a transportation program for Roane County senior citizens.

    Tickets are $10 for the program, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Roane State Community College O’Brien Theater.

    Ages 9 and younger are admitted free.

  • No property tax hike in Rockwood

    Rockwood property owners won’t experience the sting of a tax increase in this year’s proposed $7.2 million city budget.

    Rockwood City Council approved first reading of a budget at a workshop and special called meeting on Tuesday.

    “There is no tax increase in this budget whatsoever,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller during the workshop.

    Miller, however, added there aren’t a lot of capital projects in the budget.

  • Rockwood to close City Hall on Monday

    Rockwood City Hall will be closed Monday due to ongoing construction and related safety issues.

    Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe said they closure is to replace the heating and air unit on the building.

    “It has to be done with a crane,” said Ruppe.

    The Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas night drop will also be unavailable part of the day, due to crane operations taking place.

    Those with water, sewer and gas emergencies should call 354-0163.

    For city services, leave a message at 354-0611.

  • Music on the Mend

    Christopher Lee couldn’t sit idly by as he recovered from a work injury that sidelined him for eight months.

    Instead, he turned toward his dream of learning the mandolin.

    He soon found that dream instead morphing into a new passion, that of finding special and unique instruments and taking his skill at restoring old furniture and using it to smooth away the cracks and scratches time has worn onto the delicate wooden surfaces of musical instruments.

    “I got more into actually getting them and restoring them and selling them,” said Lee.

  • School plan new cost: $66.75 million

    A shift in the site of the proposed consolidated high school would shave about $1.25 million off the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million school building plan.

    “I’m very glad the board challenged us to find these savings,” said Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins

    The board voted 9 to 1 in a special-called meeting Monday to amend the proposed cost of the building plan utilizing an 87-acre site adjacent to the Roane State Community College campus.