Local News

  • 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.

  • Opinions vary on meeting notice

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins defended the advance notice of Monday’s special-called Board of Education meeting citing an existing board policy.

    The notice, issued May 30 for the June 4 meeting, stated that a work session would be held “for the purpose of discussion of the high school building program site and potential savings to the project cost.”

    A subsequent special-called meeting of the board was called to “amend the proposed cost of the high school building program,” the notice said.

  • Authorities raid Harriman home

    Harriman Police Department coordinated with other law enforcement agencies to descend on a home at Ayers Drive Tuesday morning.

    A search warrant was executed at 324 Ayers Drive, where illegal drug activity is suspected after a joint investigation between Harriman Police Department and Roane County Sheriff Office.

    “We have been watching it awhile but we really about four weeks ago made it a priority focus,” said Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

  • County may dip into fund balance for 2019 budget

    The Roane County Commission’s budget committee is proposing a 2 percent pay raise for employees and using $600,000 of fund balance in the 2018-19 budget.

    The committee met on May 29 and approved those moves unanimously.

    “It’s not our best budget, but it is a budget that will be adequate,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “That’s the reason we plan the way we plan.”