Today's News

  • 'You've got you a monster': Rockwood council seizes control of water board

    Rockwood City Council officially wrested control of three city-owned utilities Tuesday by disbanding the board that governs them.

    By a 4-2 vote, council members approved an ordinance on second and final reading that puts the council and mayor over the operations of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas. The ordinance overwrites the city’s municipal code and allows all six council members and the mayor to sit as the board.

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  • First Operation REACH roadblock planned Saturday

    Fundraising efforts have begun for Operation REACH.

    A road block is planned for Saturday.

    Additional road blocks and other fundraising events are planned in the coming weeks, REACH president Bobby Collier said.

    REACH is an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday. The program, in its 35th year, gives less-fortunate children the chance to go Christmas shopping.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Tim Russert and I thank you ...

    This summer, for the first time in about 20 years, I had a kitten in the house again.

    It was an unplanned acquisition — the little guy was rescued with his siblings after someone dumped them.

    The one I took was physically the most unusual of the bunch. He is polydactyl — with seven toes on each front foot. I confess that it was this strange trait that convinced me to take him, because I was not in the market for an additional pet.

  • THP to conduct license check in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will be conducting driver license roadside safety checkpoints during the week of Oct. 15 on Pansy Hill Road in Roane County.

    Recognizing the danger presented to the public by unqualified drivers, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles being operated by drivers who would violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Bowers students hear about different careers
  • 5 from Roane among MTSU grads

    Five Middle Tennessee State University students from Roane County were among the 854 who graduated this summer.

    Roane County students who earned their degrees were Daniel Scott Bridges of Oak Ridge; Devin Lee Dutton and Joshua Michael Dutton of Lenoir City; Megan Elaine Lunsford of Oliver Springs; and Jennifer Hollis Rowan of Kingston.

    The commencement ceremony was in Murphy Center on the MTSU campus in Murfreesboro.

  • $1.2 million payout reached for 2008 oil well explosion

    A $1.2 million clean-up cost and civil penalties settlement has been reached between the owners and operators of an Oliver Springs oil well that exploded in March 2008 and the U.S. Department of Justice.

    The oil well explosion burned for days, spraying oil on nearby properties and forcing residents in the area to relocate until the fire was out.

    Daniel F. Potts and Walden Resources, LLC of Petros and ZTX Drilling LLC of Florida have entered into the settlement, said a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney William C. Killian.

  • Tax bill late, but payment better not be

    “The tax rate has not been set.”

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said that’s what she tells people who call her office to ask why they have yet to receive a property-tax bill.

    Eblen said another question she’s fielding is if the deadline to pay will be extended.

    The answer is no. The deadline is still Feb. 28.   

    “I do not have the power to extend it,” Eblen said. “I do not have the power to waive the penalties and interest.”