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  • Will schools tax hike pass this round?

    For the third straight year, the Roane County Board of Education is asking for a property tax rate increase to fund the school system’s budget.

    “It allows us to protect all of our programs and all of our instructional staff,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said about the budget board members approved during a special-called meeting on Tuesday.

  • 10-year sentence for beating girlfriend

    Daniel Phillip Thompson was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a case that involved the severe beating of his girlfriend.

    The July 2013 incident landed Thompson, who lived South of the River at the time, in jail on charges of aggravated assault, especially aggravated kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder.

    The especially aggravated kidnapping charge was amended to aggravated kidnapping, and Thompson pleaded guilty to the count in Roane County Criminal Court on Wednesday. The other two charges were dismissed as part of his plea deal.

  • Proposed New Waterfront Asset
  • Rain delays for TN strawberries

    Hopes remain high for Tennessee’s famous strawberry crop, but cool wet weather has postponed the start date for the state’s strawberry season.

    Strawberries require consistent warm sunshine to ripen and sweeten, and in Tennessee, it is not unusual for some farmers to have ripe berries by mid-April.

    This year, however, a brief burst of sun and high temperatures was quickly replaced with persistent rain.

    Tennessee growers will have some berries by the end of the month, but yields will be light until the first week of May.

  • Candy bars on tax day
  • Pennington honored for 42 years at EMS

    Michael Pennington was recognized for his service to the Roane County Ambulance Service on Monday.

    Pennington has worked for the department for 42 years and recently decided to step down from full time to part time.

    “It’s not health, because I’m still in good shape, considering how stressful this job is,” Pennington said. “I’ve just been looking at it for a while.”

  • Trail conference has much to offer

    Registration is now open for the 2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference on July 17-24 at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.

    The event, co-hosted by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Mountain Club of Maryland, will feature hikes, excursions, activities and workshops related to the Appalachian Trail, hiking, local history and outdoor recreation.

    This event draws in one of the largest gathering of hikers in the United States, with more than 1,000 participants expected.

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  • Lottery winner from Knoxville

    A Knoxville man came forward last week with a winning $50 million lottery ticket sold in Harriman last month.

    Michael Duncan told Tennessee Lottery officials he was not a regular lottery player, and he had not originally planned to play that day.

    However, he decided to give the lottery a shot while making a quick pit stop at the Rocky Top Market at 1811 Roane St. He selected a single ticket using numbers based on family member’s ages, according to the release from the Tennessee Lottery.

  • New law to chip big cats

    The Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill on Monday that puts in place new requirements for Class I animals like those housed at Tiger Haven.

    The original version of the bill was to require facilities holding the animals to have cages “constructed and maintained to provide sufficient space.”