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  • ROANE COUNTY PROPERTY REAPPRAISAL 2015: State almost done with first phase

    Jason Mumpower, chief of staff for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, updated the State Board of Equalization about the Roane County reappraisal in a memo dated April 21.
    In February, the state board voted to have the comptroller’s Division of Property Assessments take over the program.

    “I’m responsible for Roane County’s reappraisal now,” Mumpower told Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan in the hallway of Nashville’s Legislative Plaza following the board’s vote.

  • Police: Woman rams cruiser

    It apparently wasn’t the best escape maneuver.

    Police say a woman they struggled to stop placed her car in reverse, ramming a police car in a failed attempt to get away.

    Jennifer Ann Lien of Harriman is accused of striking a police vehicle during a pursuit last week. Lien is charged with evading arrest, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and aggravated assault in the incident. She was still in custody at the Roane County Jail Thursday morning.

  • Ambulance department may force tax increase

    Financial problems with the ambulance service in Roane County could result in a property tax rate increase this year.

    “They are losing money because we transport anyone in the county who calls,” county budget director Kaley Walker said. “We don’t say no because somebody can’t afford it or doesn’t have money.”

    The county budget committee has recommended a 3-cent increase in the property tax rate to help the service.

  • Hixson charged with April 10 burglary, rape

    A woman told police a man forced his way into her home and sexually assaulted her earlier this month.

    Scott D. Hixson, 35, is charged with rape and aggravated burglary in the April 10 incident.

    The alleged victim told police that after forcing his way into her home, Hixson sexually assaulted her in the laundry room. The warrant said she called 911 after he left.

    Hixson was arrested on April 14. He bonded out of jail, but found himself back behind bars on April 17 on a public intoxication charge.

  • No Blue Bell served in Roane Schools

    Roane County Schools wasn’t impacted by the recalls of Blue Bell Ice Cream. Director of Schools Gary Aytes reports that the system serves Mayfield Ice Cream products.

    “We’ve never served Blue Bell,” Aytes said Thursday.

  • Autistic boy proudly gets last word

    A Midtown youth with speech problems proved how far determination and care can carry a person.

    Hunter King, who was diagnosed with autism as a tot, won a first-place ribbon in the 4-H communication category for fourth grade.

    He had help from his aide, Sally Davis.

    “He really began talking about a year ago. Up until that he used sign language. He began using sign language at the age of 3,” said his mother, Jennifer King.

  • Jesus & Jeeps

    Jeeps 4 Jesus brought its outreach ministry to Harriman last week, holding a preventative car maintenance event at Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

    “If it’s free and it can benefit Harriman or Roane County, we’re all about it,” Walnut Hill Pastor Rick McAbee said.

    Jeeps 4 Jesus is a non-profit organization out of Knoxville whose mission is helping others in need.

  • Game goes to United Way

    Local celebrities showed their basketball skills at this year’s Roane County United Way fundraising basketball game.

    “We raised $2,600 but also raised awareness about the Roane County United Way’s mission to mobilize the caring power of the community in support of agencies in the county who provide services to those that need help,” said Dina Jackson, director of the Roane County United Way.

  • Oliver Springs remembers a grand hotel
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: God, the Constitution, the General Assembly

    Gentle reader, although we cannot fully relax, we can all start to contemplate the beginning of the inception of breathing easier, inasmuch as the General Assembly, 2015 session, is winding down and will soon, mercifully, adjourn sine die until next year. We expected them to do little good, and in this they did not disappoint, and we escaped several bad things, even though only by the skin of our teeth, such as the school voucher system, and, by far the most important of all, the “Bible as the Official State Book Law.”