Local News

  • Sales near school nets drug offender more prison time

    A convicted drug dealer will be serving 100 percent of his eight year sentence because of his proximity of his crimes to a school zone.
    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Byron Travelle Bazel, 30, was sentenced July 13 for violation of the drug free school zone law by selling crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a school.
    “It mandates people serve 100 percent of their sentence, and they are not eligible for parole or probation,” Heidle said.
    Heidle said it was encouraging to see that they are getting strong convictions on drug related crimes.

  • CASA needs helpers

    CASA of the Ninth Judicial District (www.casaninth.org) is now taking applications from prospective volunteers to become court-appointed special advocates.
    Every week, in America, in Tennessee, in our communities, judges face the challenge of making decisions that will affect the lives of abused and neglected children.
    Increasingly, judges turn to CASA for additional information on which to base their decisions.

  • College Kids and Money 101

    Across the country, families are preparing their college-bound students for what will be an exciting time in their lives.
    As you pack for dorm life, make sure scholarship and financial aid paperwork is in order and pick out the perfect laptop—don’t forget to talk with your freshman about money and financial responsibility.

  • Roane State brings back 2001 cast for Cotton Patch Gospel show

    Roane State Community College is bringing back the 2001 cast for a performance of the musical “Cotton Patch Gospel.”
    The show, based on the book The Cotton Patch Version of Matthew and John by Clarence Jordan, features Jesus, who is born in Gainesville, Ga., in an abandoned trailer behind a motel and grows up in Valdosta.
    In the musical, Herod is a jealous mayor of Atlanta and the Sermon on the Mount is given on Stone Mountain.
    And in the bitter end, Jesus is lynched by local thugs.

  • Welcome more change to Midtown
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  • Kingston focuses on unkempt property

    Kingston resident Jack Muecke has made his disdain for overgrown lots, unmaintained homes and other eyesores well known to local authorities.

    The longtime resident, whose family name and roots go back to the early days of Kingston, may see some improvement soon.

    City officials recently launched legal proceedings to raze an empty house at 514 Spring St.  just across from Roane County High School.

    Until a few years ago, the house was locally renowned for its tall, manicured hedges and overall tidiness.

  • Industrial development budget explained

    Former Roane County executive GeraldLargen has questioned the $2.5 million for industrial development in the 2011-12 county budget.

    “Do you wonder just exactly what we are going to get for this multi-million dollar expenditure of our tax money?” Largen asked in his recent Lick Skillet column that appears weekly in the Roane County News.

    On Tuesday, current Roane County Executive Ron Woody provided some answers about where the money comes from and where it goes.

  • Lawyer may appeal foreclosure decision

    Kingston attorney Dick Evans said he’s considering filing an appeal with the Tennessee Supreme Court over a decision made by the Court of Appeals.

    The appeals court ruled that a notice of foreclosure can be printed in a newspaper that is not located in the county where the foreclosure sale is taking place.

    Evans represented Earl and Irinia Thacker in their lawsuit against Shapiro & Kirsch LLP.

    The Thackers owned property in Roane County that Shapiro & Kirsch hawked at a foreclosure sale on March 8, 2007.

  • Ambulance rate hike considered

    Ambulance service could cost more in the future.

    Roane County officials are considering increasing the rates.  

    “We’re waiting on some stuff from Medicare,” County Commission Chairman James Brummett said during a recent public meeting. “Soon as we get this there will be a meeting and then I think there will be a recommendation to raise rates.”

    Commissioners have gone down this road once already this year.

    A resolution to increase the rates failed 8-7 in February.