Today's News

  • It's official: Rockwood water to cost more

    Rockwood City Council unanimously approved a 15-percent water rate increase during a Monday morning meeting.

    Effective Feb. 1, it will generate an additional $22,500 a month in water and $19,500 per month in sewer funds.

    Sewer rates are still 150 percent of the water bill — so that side of things will increase, too.

    Officials say the hike amounts to a minimum bill increasing from $21.33 to $24.53.

  • State shuts down TVA gypsum pond

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation was not taking chances when the agency ordered TVA to stop using the gypsum pond at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The order was issued Dec. 17, just two days after a leak was discovered in the pond.

    “Our primary concern is that the structure is safe,” TDEC communications director Tisha Calabrese-Benton said. “That is the department’s focus as we move forward in investigating this leak, and that is the standard the department will insist on.”

  • Strummers strike a note with Walmart shoppers

    While scrambling for that last-minute Christmas present and navigating the steadily growing crowds at Walmart Supercenter in Rockwood, shoppers may have encountered two guitar-bearing high schoolers.

    For the past two months, Derek “Boomer” Gurney and Gabe Wasdin, both juniors at Roane County High School, have ambled up and down Walmart’s aisles, playing their guitars and chatting up customers.

    “A lot of people actually think we work for Walmart; that we’re hired entertainers, which we’re not” Gurney said.

  • Indians sweep Bobcats

    Great things sometimes come in threes. For the Oneida Lady Indians, they used five three-pointers to down the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats 34-30 Friday night. 

  • Raiderettes win again

      The Roane State Raiderettes at one point led by as much as 17 points, but had to hang on late in the going to escape with the 66-58 win over the Georgia Perimeter Lady Jaguars Saturday afternoon at the Harriman campus. 

  • RMS splits with Midway

      hool Green Waves traveled to Rockwood for a rare Friday night game and when the night was over, the Green Waves and Tigers split their first meeting of the year.

    Both games were close and would see the eventual winner trailing at halftime. 

  • Waves fall at Oakdale

    For the second time in three weeks, Oakdale swept Midway in basketball. 

  • State shuts down TVA gypsum pond


  • Judge to Leon: No more lawsuits


    That’s how attorney Frank Vettori described Leon Houston’s latest lawsuit against Roane County.

    “I have to charge Roane County for my services, and it doesn’t seem fair to Roane County to have to continue to pay for these kinds of lawsuits,” Vettori said Friday.

    Senior Judge Don Harris agreed. Not only did he dismiss the lawsuit, he also severely hampered Leon’s ability to bring future actions against the county.  

  • Rockwood looking at 15% hike in water rates

    The proposed Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board water and sewer rate increases are higher than first projected earlier this month.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board will convene in a special-called meeting at 10 a.m. today, Monday, in Rockwood City Hall to consider a resolution recommending rate increases of 15 percent for water and 22.5 percent for sewer.

    Both increases, if approved, will become effective Feb. 1.

    A resolution to amend the utilities’ 2010-11 budget will also be discussed.