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  • NO TAX HIKE TO FUND SCHOOLS

    The approximately $53.6 million 2016-17 Roane County school budget includes raises for teachers and increases the fund balance without the need for a property tax increase.

    The Roane County Commission’s budget committee on Tuesday recommended approval of the proposed 2016-17  county school budget, including funds for general purpose, transportation, capital projects and cafeteria.

    The new budget is about $1 million more than the 2015-16 year school budget.

  • November target for finishing Ruritan

    Travelers will have to contend with ongoing road work on South Harriman’s Ruritan Road/Hwy. 29A a little longer.

    The widening project, originally estimated to be completed by May, is still a work in progress.

    “The Ruritan Road widening project is scheduled to be completed Nov. 2, 2016,” said Mark Nagi, spokesman for the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    “The contractor has been granted a time extension due to utility delays,” he added.

  • Slain deputy’s daughter seeks help in keeping dad’s killer in prison

    On March 15, 1983 Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Dennis Armes was shot and killed by Frank McCall during a traffic stop on Hwy. 58 in Kingston.

    McCall was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, and additional years were tacked on for enhanced charges related to the crime.

    He has been serving his sentence in the Bledsoe County State Correctional Complex in Pikeville.

    On June 23, McCall will be granted a hearing by the Tennessee Board of Probation and Parole.

  • Oasis fire debris clearing underway

    A bulldozer started pushing away some of the remains of The Oasis convenience store in the Walnut Hill community this week.

    The structure and its adjoining buildings were destroyed in an April 17 fire that took the life of Sandra Mills, one of the apartment dwellers.

    Other residents were displaced.

    “So far, everything I’m getting from all the investigators from the state who have been working with the insurance investigators, it is still undetermined,” said Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey.

  • Kingston mourns loss of another Jim Henry son

    The son of Jim Henry, deputy to the governor, was found dead in his home on Tuesday morning.

    It appears James M. “Jimmy” Henry Jr. died of natural causes, authorities said.

    “There is nothing to indicate anything foul or suspicious,” said Chief Deputy Tim Phillips of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    Jimmy, the son of Jim and his wife, Pat, lived in Kingston on the family farm.

    According to his obituary, he loved farming, Jeeps, old cars, politics and the outdoors.

  • Harriman family loses home on eve of twins’ 18th birthday

    A Harriman family lost its home and a woman was injured in a Sunday morning fire that injured a woman.

    Grandmother Willie Mae Shadrick was treated at an area hospital.

    “She has been released but is on watch,” said Starr Shadrick.

    Starr Shadrick and her sister Suni shared the home with Willie Mae Shadrick and their grandfather.

    “They adopted me when I was 2,” explained Starr Shadrick.

    Starr Shadrick said the fire started in the kitchen.

  • DEALS & WHEELS CRUISE-IN COMING

     

  • AND THE BAND PLAYED ON ...

     

    GOOSE LINDSAY/Roane Newspapers
    The Roane County High School Band’s wind ensemble recently had a free concert at the Princess Theatre. The performance was part of a fundraising event held at the theatre by the band.

  • OS budget work late, but no tax increase anticipated

    The Oliver Springs Board of Mayor and Aldermen are still hard at work, finishing the town budget for the coming year.

    Working on the budget has come late to Oliver Springs, since former mayor Jerry Vance abruptly resigned in February.

    After that, there was a snafu in selecting a new mayor with Cecil Crowe only being confirmed in April.

    The Board has had nearly a half-dozen workshops, as it worked through last year’s budget to help outline this coming year’s expenditures and revenue.

  • Kingston police bust card counterfeiters

    Kingston law enforcement is working with the U.S. Secret Service to learn more about a credit card counterfeiting operation busted at an area motel last week.

    Detectives say it’s the largest such operation discovered in the area in recent memory.

    More than 80 credit cards, blank cards, a card-making machine and a laptop computer capable of loading information onto the cards was discovered after information developed through a traffic stop Friday morning led Kingston police to a Motel 6 on Gallaher Road later that day.