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  • Grillin’ and stealin?

    A man allegedly caught trying to steal a boat last week may have stolen a grill on the way to the boat.

    Eric Jonathan Watts reportedly claimed he was on a repo assignment, but the story didn’t prevent him from going to jail.

    According to a summary of the incident, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Jonathan Sartin was dispatched to a Blue Springs Boat Company storage facility on July 23 in reference to someone committing vandalism.

  • Twin K tells their side in concrete spill dispute with Roane pair

    The owner of Twin K Enterprises said Friday that the petitioner in a complaint against the state is the reason a concrete spill hasn’t been cleaned up.

    “We’ve tried to clean it up,” Kelley Krahn said.

    “We want to clean it up, but we cannot.”

  • Rockwood changes to Cigna health insurance

    By Richard Evans

    Following a resolution adopted by the Rockwood City Council Monday evening, city employees will have a new health insurance provider starting Aug. 1.

    Council accepted a proposal from Cigna Local Plus over the proposal submitted by current provider, United Health Care.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller noted that the new plan is more expensive than anticipated.

    “We put aside 10 percent [over last year’s budget] and it wasn’t enough,” he said.

  • Commission trains on new electronic voting system

    The Roane County Commission received training on its new electronic voting and iPad system last week.

    “I love it,” Commissioner Shannon Hester said.

    Instead of paper copies, the information commissioners need for the meetings, such as agendas, committee minutes and resolutions, will be available on the iPads.

    Each commissioner will have one. Officials said that should cut down on copy and postage costs.

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  • Roane buys time on TVA lawsuit

    The attorneys representing Roane County and the cities of Harriman and Kingston aren’t ready to respond to the motions to dismiss filed by TVA and Jacobs Engineering Group.

    The deadline was July 12, but they sought and received more time.

    “Defendants (Jacobs and TVA) have filed motions to dismiss, to which plaintiffs have requested additional time to respond,” an order signed by U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan said.

  • Pair take on TDEC

    Two Roane County residents are waiting to hear the outcome of a petition they filed against the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for its handling of a concrete spill.

    “TDEC didn’t do its job,” Jack Farmer alleges.

    “The theme is broken promises,” Glynna White added.

    Farmer lives near a concrete plant operated by Twin K Enterprises on Poland Hollow Road. Farmer and White allege TDEC hasn’t done enough to make Twin K remove concrete that spilled on Farmer’s property and impacted a stream.

  • Sex offender law gets put on hold

    A temporary restraining order barring the state from enforcing a new law that deals with sex offenders is still in place.

    The new law makes it a felony for a sex offender to live with his or her minor child if the sex offender was convicted of a sex crime involving an unrelated child under the age of 12.

    The law took effect July 1. However, several Nashville attorneys filed a complaint against Gov. Bill Lee, TBI Director David Rausch and Department of Correction Commissioner Tony C. Parker in federal court in Nashville.

  • No easy answer on jail

    There is more to overcrowding at the Roane County Jail than a “throw the book at them attitude,” according to officials in the local justice system.

    “A lot of the things on the judicial side between the judges, public defender, district attorney and the private bar, there’s a lot of effort to not just put everybody in the jail,” General Sessions Court Judge Terry Stevens said.

    “More than people realize,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson added.