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  • 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.”

  • Eastbound lanes of I-40 at Kingston, Gallaher down to one lane starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday

    Motorists traveling in Roane County should be aware of lane closures anticipated to take place this week.

    Tennessee Department of Transportation will close one eastbound lane on Interstate 40 at the Exit 352 overpass (Kingston) and the Exit 356 overpass (Gallaher Road) for bridge work.

    Lanes will remain closed until work is completed.

    Motorists should expect potential delays and use extreme caution while traveling through this area.

  • How can the county’s property reappraisal affect your taxes?

    By Kaley Walker • For Roane Newspapers

    Roane County is currently going through our five-year property reappraisal.

    What this means is the Property Assessor and the state of Tennessee are looking at and reappraising (revaluing) each property in our county.

    The end result of this is a new property value on which the tax rate will be applied.

    Your property value could go up, could go down, or even could stay the same.

  • Brooks heads Knoxville THP district

    Jessie Brooks’ commute recently got a whole lot shorter.

    After the Tennessee Highway Patrol veteran made his mark in improving traffic safety in the Chattanooga district, the longtime Kingston resident has been appointed captain of the agency’s Knoxville district.

    Brooks had served as captain in the THP’s Chattanooga District since 2013. His new assignment was effective March 30, according to THP Col. Tracy Trott.

    The appointment was prompted by the retirement of Capt. David McGill.

  • From cotton picker to college president – a lecture

    Shirley Raines of Oak Ridge has an amazing story to tell.

    Now president emeritus of the University of Memphis, she will describe her career and provide advice on leadership at the third in a series of Roane State Community College-Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Education Intergenerational Lectures.

  • Man with school ties charged in sex crimes

    A Harriman man is facing multiple felony charges in Loudon County.

    Zachary C. Tapp, 22, turned himself in to Loudon County authorities Monday morning, according to the District Attorney General’s Office.

    Tapp, whose address is listed as 820 Bluff Road, is charged with eight counts of statutory rape by an authority figure and two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure.

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  • Ferguson seeks more than $1 million for paving

    Spring is when Roane County officials appear before the budget committee to make requests and go over their proposed budgets for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Last week was Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson’s turn. The committee unanimously approved his department’s operating and capital budget for 2015-16.

    The operating budget includes the same amount of property tax revenue as the current year – $1.140 million. The total operating budget is $3.830 million. State gas taxes and other sources make up the rest.

  • TVA pays for Swan Pond paving

    Swan Pond Road and Swan Pond Circle Road are getting a facelift, thanks to TVA.

    The agency is giving the Roane County Road Department a $335,000 grant to pave 13,896 linear feet on the roads, which were used heavily during the TVA ash spill cleanup

    “I can’t thank TVA enough for doing this,” County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said.