Today's News

  • 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.

  • Cruisin’ into Harriman
  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Dwelling on differences makes us losers

    By Mark Banker

    I began last week’s column with a quote from a favorite author. Near the end of his good and productive life, Tony Hillerman recalled becoming outraged when some devious neighbors in Depression-era Oklahoma took advantage of a generous old farmer.

    “Son,” the old man advised, “if you don’t forgive your enemies, you’re going to run out of friends.”

  • Watkins candidate for job in West Tenn.

    Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins may soon be heading home — or closer to it.

    Watkins is a candidate for the director of schools job at Obion County Board of Education and will have her second interview on Tuesday, June 12, which will be followed by discussion and potential naming of a director.

    “That is 35 minutes from my house in West Tennessee. It is really close to where my family was, where my kids have been raised,” said Watkins.

  • 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.