Today's News

  • Get ready to pay more for power

    Electric customers in Roane County will see an increase in their rates beginning Oct. 1.

    Harriman Utility Board manager Candace Vannasdale said the rate increase to HUB customers reflects changes by TVA and also will cover rising expenses experienced by the utility.

    HUB’s average residential electric customers will see an increase of $6.76 on their power bill each month beginning Oct. 1.

  • H.T. Hackney hit with state penalty

    One of Roane County’s largest industries was fined last month.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, H.T. Hackney failed to conduct a system test for a suspected release.

    TDEC Underground Storage Tank Division Director Stanley R. Boyd, acting on behalf of Commissioner Shari Meghreblian, levied a $2,400 civil penalty against Hackney for the violation.

  • Cities represented on budget committee

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody received unanimous support for his budget committee recommendations last week.

    “I’m happy with the makeup of the budget committee,” he said.

    In addition to Woody, the new committee will consist of Commissioners Mike Hooks, Darryl Meadows, Allen Hickman and Ben Wilson.

  • Pumphouse land owner casts eye toward Rockwood

    From staff reports

    A man who owns property off Pumphouse Road may soon be calling himself a Rockwood resident.

    Matthew L. Pittman asked city officials to annex his parcel into the city limits, and Rockwood City Council approved resolutions to annex the parcel and provide a plan of service for the parcel at their August meeting.

    They’ll take final action to make it official at their meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24.

  • RSCC screening suicide prevention awareness film

    Roane State Community College is participating in Suicide Prevention Awareness Month with a variety of events, including a free screening of a highly acclaimed documentary titled “The ‘S’ Word.”

    “Unfortunately, right now you hear so much about suicide,” Roane State Dean of Students Brenda Rector said. “We lose some 1,000 Tennesseans each year to suicide, and that’s just not acceptable.”

  • Police say teen tried to set girl on fire

    A Rockwood teen is accused of pouring lighter fluid on his girlfriend and threatening to set her on fire.

    Kenneth Samuel Messimer, 18, is charged with aggravated domestic assault in the incident. He turned himself in at the Roane County Jail on Sept. 10.

    “He was showing one active warrant out of Roane County General Sessions Court for the offense of aggravated domestic assault,” the arrest report said. “The warrant was originally reported by Sgt. Dwayne Gray of the Rockwood Police Department.”

  • Morgan deputy’s badge found during Rockwood traffic stop

    Drugs along with a Morgan County sheriff’s deputy badge were found during a traffic stop in Rockwood this month. The occupants of the vehicle, passenger Stephanie Lynn Foland and driver Jeffrey Wade Hinds, are facing charges in the incident.

    According to the report, Hinds and Foland were in a Mitsubishi Galant that was stopped at the intersection of Wilder and Bates on Sept. 9.

  • Big bang for CMS 8th grade

    The Cherokee Middle School softball team honored its 8th-graders on 8th-grade night with a big win against Scott County. The game was called in the second inning after the Lady Jackets broke out the whupping stick on the way to a 32-2 win Tuesda evening.

  • Lady Jackets can’t get going

    Tuesday evening didn’t end well for the Kingston Lady Jackets on the pitch. The Lady Jackets couldn’t withstand Anderson County, losing the soccer game, 4-0 at For South West Point.

  • Midway Middle edges Lady Devils

    By Melissa Coley


    Basic fundamental softball describes the Midway middle school softball team.

    After a solid performance against district and county rival Harriman, the Lady Waves put themselves back in contention for the highly coveted championship title by defeating the Lady Devils by a final score of 4-3.

    “I am very proud of the overall team effort tonight, we put the ball in play with hard hits and was patient at the plate”, stated Midway coach Megan Arndts.