Local News

  • Alliance Gala back in Roane

    The biggest fundraiser for economic development in Roane County will be held where it belongs.

    The Roane Alliance Gala will be at the expansive Volkswagen distribution center, which opened its doors in East Roane County in 2013.

    It will be hosted by Volkswagen Group of America on Saturday, Nov. 8.

  • Board of Ed makes cuts, eyes reserves

    The Roane County Board of Education made $1.017 million in budget cuts during a special-called meeting Monday.

    The cuts were necessary after the Roane County Commission voted down the board’s request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate last week.

    “That’s their job,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said of the commission, the funding body for the school system. “We just have to live with it.”

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  • Agency to steer tornado money

    Kingston officials are a step closer to saddling a $150,000 gift horse.

    Kingston City Council members at their Sept. 9 session authorized a contract with an Anderson County agency to handle administration of a Rebuild and Recover grant for tornado repair.

    Council voted to have the money administered by Aid to Distressed Families of Appalachian Counties, a roughly 25-year-old non-profit organization that helps those in need in Anderson and surrounding counties. 

  • Undersea class may be one for the record books

    Less than a month remains before Roane State Community College professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain leave dry land for the vibrant underwater world at the Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo, Fla.

    Together, they will attempt to break a world record by living underwater for 73 days while taking on a completely unique and exciting endeavor: teaching a class while living in the underwater environment.

    “Jessica and I just got our world record paperwork from Guinness (World Records),” said Cantrell. 

  • Cooley files to dismiss lawsuit against judge

    Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit might not make it to trial. 

    Pat Cooley, the attorney for Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton, filed a motion to dismiss last week. 

    Pemberton defeated McFarland in the race for circuit court judge of the 9th Judicial District. 

    Less than a week after the Roane County results were certified, McFarland filed a complaint in Roane County Chancery Court seeking a judgment declaring the election void. 

  • NO NEW TAXES: County officials say they’re acting on will of the people

    Commissioners say their reluctance to raise taxes the last two budget cycles reflects the will of their constituents. 

    “I think there’s been such an overwhelming response from constituents that most of the commissioners felt compelled to listen,” District 1 Commissioner Ron Berry said. 

    That was heard during last week’s discussions about a 9-cent property tax rate increase for schools and a .25 percent increase in the county’s sales tax rate.   

  • Who’s a superhero? This guy!


    Fifth-grader Mac Simpson recently became a superhero at Midtown Elementary as part of The Move 2 Stand anti-bullying program. Students pledge to not be bullies and to be better friends in the Stars Nashville program. The superhero pledge is part of a kickoff party for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program that Midtown is implementing. 

  • Firearms charge gets sex offender 10 years

    Charles Daniel Mullins no longer has his federal case to worry about. 

    That concluded last Wednesday, when U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced him to 10 years on a firearms conviction. 

    The prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release. 

    Mullins was convicted of felony attempted rape in Cumberland County in 2005, and is on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry. 

    He’s classified as a violent offender.