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  • Living with depression? Help is available

    The holidays have come and gone, but for those living with depression, the season can magnify exponentially the symptoms of depression.

    Claudia Cummings, biology professor at Roane State Community College and faculty adviser for the school’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, wants area residents to know they are not alone now.

    The honor society took on this topic earlier this semester, and its service project is promoting depression awareness and available options for those suffering from the disorder.

  • Dispose of tree ASAP

    The gifts have been removed from under the Christmas tree and, if it’s a cut tree, it’s swiftly losing its coat of green, and the needles are piling up on the floor.

    “Christmas trees are very flammable,” said Lorraine Carli, the National Fire Protection Association’s vice president of outreach and advocacy. “Trees dry out the longer they remain in the home, and can be consumed by fire in a matter of seconds.”

    All trees can burn, though dry ones can be engulfed by flames significantly more quickly.

  • A more costly certainty

    Taxes are one of life’s certainties.

    For Roane County property owners this year, that certainty was more taxes.

    Then again, it’s not everyday you see crowds rally officials to raise taxes.

    It was a formula ripe for an increase.

    An assessment year is always fraught with questions when it comes to property tax rates.

    Add in the fact that 2015 was a year immediately following a major county election, and educators and other supporters asking for leaders to raise the tax rate.

  • ACT changes to help scores

    One of Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes’ goals for 2016 is increasing the system’s ACT scores.

    A change in testing requirements could help.

    Aytes said the state is going to stop requiring all students to take the test.

    “It’ll help us tremendously,” he said.

    Aytes said the change is supposed to take place this year.

    “They have not set the percentage yet, but they say they’re going to,” Aytes said. “It looks like it’s going to be 80 to 85.”

  • Driver licenses to be renewed every 8 years

    Beginning Jan. 4, Tennesseans will be able to renew their driver license every eight years instead of five years.

    The change will include all classifications of driver licenses and identification licenses.

    The legislation to increase the renewal years was proposed during the 2015 legislative session.

  • Reappraisal woes top story of 2015

    The Roane County News editorial team, which has had a front-row seat to the developments of the last 365 days, has determined that the county’s troubled reappraisal process is your top story of 2015.

    Staff members assessed issues on the impact they have on your lives, both in 2015 and possibly in the future.

    The five-year reappraisal that was taken over by the state continues to affect you, with late tax notices mailed out just a few weeks ago.

  • Fire kindled shopping memories

    One of the biggest stories of the year had people cherishing memories of the city of Harriman’s heyday and looking to the future of the historic downtown.

    The Miller & Brewer department store building burned on Jan. 8, filling many longtime residents with nostalgia, recalling the times they shopped for school clothes and shoes for their family at the once bustling store.

    “It was a happening place back in the ’70s,” said Donnie Hall, a former Harriman resident who was one of

    many sharing recollections of the store.

  • Ice, ice baby ...

    February blew in the winter storm that never seemed to end.

    Everything began when freezing rain coated Roane County and much of East Tennessee on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 16. The storm was big enough that Tennessee Emergency Management Agency declared a state of emergency across the state.

    While the initial storm was bad, the worst was yet to come.

  • Bumpy year for brand-new treatment facility

    The first year was a rough one for Roane Academy.

    The juvenile treatment center, which opened in the Roane County Industrial Park in 2015, had multiple escapes, along with complaints from area residents and nearby businesses throughout the summer and fall.

    Escapees numbered at least a half dozen, with most being caught and either returned to Roane Academy, or sent elsewhere for treatment. One juvenile even turned himself in after escaping.

  • ARRESTS Dec. 21-23, 2015

    Dec. 21 – Keena Marie Foster, 33, 8623 Walbrook Drive Apt. 107, Knoxville: violation of probation/parole.

    • Jessie Jackson Henry, 32, 1667 Price Loop Road, Rockwood: driving under the influence.

    • Tiffany Laura Edwards, 37, 305 W. Dunn St., Rockwood: criminal trespass.

    Dec. 22 – Freddy Ray Collins, 25, 312 Tarwater Road, Rockwood: driving under the influence, driving on revoked/suspended license, implied consent license suspension.