Local News

  • Five high schools — what now?

    One of the items on the agenda for Thursday’s Roane County Board of Education meeting is a “discussion of direction” for Lewis Group Architects.

    When the school board abandoned its one high school plan on April 6, it also voted to “have the Lewis Group prepare a rough order of magnitude estimate for the needs of each high school.”

    “I think the cheapest option is to take care of the needs of our five high schools,” Board Vice Chairman Rob Jago said at the April 6 meeting.

  • Early projections indicate no tax hike for county

    Roane County property tax rates could remain the same for the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    Work putting together the budget is underway, and officials said Tuesday that they don’t anticipate an increase in the tax rates.

    “We’re just getting into the general fund, but we won’t anticipate a tax increase,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody, who also chairs the Budget Committee.

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  • Aircraft crashes in Oliver Springs

    From staff reports

    The pilot of an ultralight aircraft refused medical treatment after a Saturday afternoon crash in Oliver Springs.

    The crash, in a field off Valley Drive in Oliver Springs, occurred while Timothy Stringer attempted to land the aircraft at a private grass landing strip at his home on Ray Lane, according to Anderson County Sheriff’s Office reports.

    Stringer, found at his nearby residence at 646 Ray Lane, told sheriff’s deputies he was on approach when the wind blew his plane into the trees and he crashed.

  • Pipe-wielding dad smashes hopes of meeting ex

    When Rockwood Police responded to a fight at Walmart on April 10, Marc Wagers of Knoxville admitted to using a pipe to bust the windshield of his daughter’s ex-boyfriend’s vehicle.

    Rockwood police reports indicate Thomas Pennington, 32, 1260 Emerson Road, Henderson, followed his former girlfriend from Interstate 40 exit 347 to the Walmart parking lot, where Wagers met his daughter.

    In a report filed by Rockwood Officer Jared Hall, Wagers said he knew “Mr. Pennington could beat him up, but he had to protect his daughter.”

  • Harriman officials making strategic plans this weekend

    This weekend, Harriman officials will be looking to the future rather than enjoying the spring weather.

    Harriman City Council and the Municipal Technical Advisory Service will be meeting to look at short-term and long-term goals for the future, as well as review the goals and vision they set forth in their previous strategic planning session.

  • Roane on ‘stable’ financial footing

    Roane County is in good hands financially, according to a report issued by Standard & Poor’s last week. 

  • New stakeholders group to address aquatic weed issues

    A group of Watts Bar Lake residents have established a stakeholders group to address the numerous aspects of the invasive aquatic weeds.

  • A twist of ‘OLIVER!’

    Roane State Community College is bringing the misadventures of a London orphan to the stage in a family friendly production.

  • New fire hall, cleanup to be part of Rockwood’s budget for coming year

    Rockwood City Council will be looking at the department head requests and start looking toward next year’s budget in a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.