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  • Spot reappraisals scrutinized

    Accusations about spot reappraising continue to follow Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan.

    The issue came up in March when T.H. Brown, chairman of the Roane County Board of Equalization, sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “There appears to be a pattern of judgment and spot reappraising on improvement values, as well as significant reductions in land,” Brown said in the letter dated March 16.

    The letter was accompanied with 83 change-of-assessment certification forms.

  • Students enjoy classroom on water

    A group of Oliver Springs High School students climbed aboard a barge and saw firsthand how the lessons taught in science class could be used in real life.

    Earlier this month, the students joined other area high school students in the experience with Living Lands & Waters, a nonprofit environmental organization geared toward river cleanup and education.

    “I’m so glad I took the risk,” said Oliver Springs High School teacher Toni Channell. “This sounded like such an awesome opportunity, I decided to go with my gut.”

  • Form and fitness convince Kingston’s Lane to compete

    It’s one thing to work out. It’s another to work out with a purpose.

    That is why David Lane decided to test his muscle-building limits by entering a competition as motivation.

    It will be his first.

    “I’m just really goal-oriented, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to have something to work toward,” Lane said.

    “Anybody could do it. It is all about having goals, determination and drive,” Lane said.

  • Rockwood moves quickly to rezone for development

    Two developers told Rockwood officials they have some good retail prospects for property adjacent to Tyler Pointe Road close to Walmart and Heritage Hills Apartments.

    Rockwood City Council approved a first reading to rezone the property from residential to commercial.

  • Baby killed in crash on Patton Lane

    A 1 year old died in a car accident near Patton Lane early Saturday.

    Kaleel Love, who would have been 2 on July 19, was killed in the single-vehicle accident when driver Keanna Garner, 23, Knoxville, driving southbound on Patton Lane did not stop at the three-way intersection at Hwy. 70 and continued straight.

    “The vehicle traveled 146 feet off the roadway without braking,” said Jessie Brooks, captain of Tennessee Highway Patrol at District One in Knoxville. The vehicle struck a tree.

  • Mediation costly, chancellor says

    Eight years have passed since 9th Judicial District Chancellor Frank V. Williams III had an article published in the Campbell Law Review.

    However, Williams said the issues he covered in that article – Reinventing the Courts: The Frontiers of Judicial Activism in the State Courts – are still relevant today.

    “It’s been cited, I think, 25 times the last time I heard,” Williams said.

    Williams was the guest speaker at a Roane County Tea Party meeting earlier this month.

  • Foland under arrest again

    The woman who was a passenger in a car during a police shooting in February was arrested again this month.

    Rockwood police charged Stephanie Lynn Foland with evading arrest on April 19. According to the warrant, police were responding to a report about a reckless driver on Airport Road around 4 p.m.

    “The description given by Roane County dispatch was a blue and gray Ford pickup truck,” the warrant said.

    “Myself (Officer Blake Norman) and Officer Brandon Smith observed this vehicle coming down Airport Road.”

  • 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.