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  • State talking reappraisals tonight

    Despite assurances from Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan, some officials still want to hear from the state regarding the upcoming reappraisal.

    “Nothing’s changed,” Commissioner Ron Berry said Friday.

    Don Osborne, director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments, sent Morgan a letter on Nov. 10 that caught the attention of Berry and other officials.

  • SAY ‘CHEESE’!

    Rockwood Police Department has joined the ranks of law-enforcement officials who are using body cameras to capture the moves of their officers when out on patrol.

    The department’s patrolmen all now have body cameras so their interactions with the public will now be captured on video.

    “We look at it as a two-edged sword,” Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said. “It protects the public, but it also protects that officer.”

  • Kentucky St. paving to begin in March

    Kingston City Council took the next step in pushing forward a long-anticipated paving plan — though it also pushed back the Kentucky Street project by settling on a tentative starting date of mid-March.

    At its Dec. 2 work session, council placed a measure to select a contractor for the Kentucky Street paving project on its Dec. 9 full council agenda.

    Rogers Group of Oak Ridge submitted the winning bid, according to Kingston City Manager David Bolling.

    The plan is to repave Kentucky Street from Interstate 40 through town to Hwy. 70.

  • Cleanup underway on Rockwood’s Elm St.

    Rockwood officials keep trying to tackle cleanup, and some of the most frequent areas of complaint are slowly getting dealt with.

    Elm Street has changed drastically since the tragic death of a Rockwood veteran who froze to death last winter in one of his dilapidated homes on the tiny side street.

    Ray Knight owned multiple properties on Elm Street. He lived in the one where he fell through the floor and froze to death in January.

    “I’m just glad it is getting done,” said neighbor Charlie Young.

  • Last Classroom Under the Sea slated Thursday

    In their final Classroom Under the Sea episode before resurfacing, Roane State Community College professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain will reflect on their 73-day underwater mission and discuss the future of ocean preservation.

    The live program starts at 1 p.m. Dec. 11. Viewers can watch at roanestate.edu/classroomunderthesea and on youtube.com/classroomunderthesea.

    Cantrell and Fain have lived and worked in an underwater habitat — Jules’ Undersea Lodge on Key Largo in the Florida Keys — since Oct. 3.

  • CHRISTMASTIME IN HARRIMAN

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers
    This tot represents the spirit of Christmas in Harriman’s Christmas parade on Thursday night. There’s still time to catch sights and sounds on parade in Roane County — in fact, the Rockwood Christmas parade is at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 8. Oliver Springs delayed its parade because rain was in the forecast, but everything is set for the parade there to get underway on Dec. 16.

  • CHRISTMASTIME IN HARRIMAN

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers
    This tot represents the spirit of Christmas in Harriman’s Christmas parade on Thursday night. There’s still time to catch sights and sounds on parade in Roane County — in fact, the Rockwood Christmas parade is at 7 p.m. today, Dec. 8. Oliver Springs delayed its parade because rain was in the forecast, but everything is set for the parade there to get underway on Dec. 16.

  • Give Christmas cards special holiday flair

    Postal patrons can send their holiday greeting cards in style this season with a special postmark from the U.S. Postal Service.
    Six regional postmarks are offered to patrons during December.
    Customers wanting a special holiday postmark on their greeting cards need to do the following:
    • Personalize greeting card. Seal envelope. Print addresses on envelopes.
    • Put postage stamp on each card.
    • Mail all the greeting cards together in a larger envelope or Priority Mail box to the appropriate address.

  • Gallaher trial postponement likely

    Eric Gallaher’s attorney is still suspended, which means his voluntary manslaughter trial scheduled for Tuesday in Roane County Criminal Court faces another postponement.

    Gallaher is charged in the death of David Harvey. His body was found outside the Grill & Pub on July 23, 2011.

    Gallaher allegedly punched Harvey after a fender-bender in the parking lot of the tavern, which has since closed.

  • Roane election officials suggest OS aldermen change charter

    The Roane County Election Commission certified the results of the Oliver Springs election on Nov. 24.

    The winners were sworn in two days after the Nov. 4 election, even though the town charter states, “the newly elected officers of the town shall take offices at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday in November, after the election results have been certified.”

    Despite what the charter calls for, Oliver Springs Town Recorder Joe Van Hook said the officials were properly sworn in on Nov. 6.