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  • Scopes Trial missing link is here

    This weekend marks the 86th anniversary of the famed Scopes Trial in Rhea County.

    Residents there have turned the event, dubbed the “Monkey Trial,” into an annual festival.

    What does this infamous showdown on evolution at the courthouse in Dayton have to do with an obscure, sunken grave in Roane County?

    A lot more than you might think. But first, a little background.

  • Officials: 30-percent water-rate hike unavoidable

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas officials say they’ve done a lot to cut costs, but a 30-percent increase in water rates is necessary to stay afloat.

    That was the response given to a lone opponent who attended the utility meeting Monday evening to speak against the increase.

  • State rep. to be assessed for desk damage

    State Rep. Julia Hurley doesn’t think carving the initials JCH into her desk is worthy of attention.

    “I feel that this desk is not a news story,” she said by email Tuesday.

    News organizations and bloggers saw it differently.

    “Deskgate” has spawned headlines and blog posts across the country.

    And the gesture could hit her in the pocketbook.

  • McFarland heads attorneys association

    Ascending to president of the Tennessee County Attorneys Association was no surprise for Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland.
    He was elected vice president of the organization in 2010. 
    “The way our organization is set up, I’ll serve as vice president for a year and then I’ll be installed as president next year,” McFarland said in May 2010.
    His peers followed the custom and elected him president at the TCAA conference in Memphis back in May.  

  • Riding out the heat
  • Life and limb
  • State Rep. Hurley gets in the wrong groove on desk

    State Rep. Julia Hurley decided to make her mark in the House chamber during this year’s session of the General Assembly.     
    “I did carve my initials into my desk on the floor the last night of session,” she said by email.
    Hurley, R-Lenoir City, said such things are not uncommon. 
    “It was really more of a nostalgic gesture that many of us do,” she said. “I suppose I made mine quite visible and too large.”
    Hurley, 29, is in her first term as a state representative.

  • County gives city dwellers property tax hike

    The Roane County Commission approved a budget and set the property tax rates for the 2011-12 fiscal year during its regular meeting on Monday.

    The rates will rise for city property owners while rural taxpayers get a slight reduction.

  • Rumors in error on Mason tax debt

    Sometimes things are not what they seem.

    The Roane County News recently received a tip saying Harriman Mayor Chris Mason owes delinquent 2010 property taxes on his former home at 510 Margrave Drive.

    And while records seem to indicate that he does, county officials say that is not the case — and it is the buyer who actually owes on the taxes.

    The distinction is important because the Harriman City Charter requires that elected municipal officials not be indebted to the city, county or state when taking their oath of office.

  • SmartSource coupons return to the paper

    Few products offer individuals the opportunity to save more than they spend. Starting July 15, the Roane County News will give readers this opportunity with the return of SmartSource coupons.

    Inside the Roane County News each week, readers will find a coupon package regularly valued at approximately $75 or more in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons. Subscribers will usually find they can recoup the cost of a subscription in just one week of coupon savings.