Local News

  • Bank building appraisal cut by more than $2 million

    The Roane County Board of Equalization didn’t think the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman should be appraised at $3.633 million.
    The assessor’s office raised it to that amount earlier this year.
    On Tuesday equalization board chairman T.H. Brown said the board decided the appraisal should be $1.050 million.     
    “That was our final adjustment this morning,” Brown said at the conclusion of Tuesday’s equalization board meeting.

  • Veterans outreach event slated Aug. 21

    A veterans outreach event will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 21 in Harriman Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6598 on Tub Springs Road.
    The event is to assist veterans and their families with claims assistance, educational resources and other concerns.
    Representatives from state, local and nonprofit agencies will be available to help veterans and their families in Roane, Anderson, Meigs, Morgan and Rhea counties.
    Contact Bonnie Johnson, Tennessee Department of Veterans Affairs benefits representative, at 594-6158 for more information.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Isn’t it time school board learned a lesson?

    Ah, gentle reader, there are some things which just go on and on and on, no matter what anyone says or does, and the status of constant crisis in the Roane County School System is one of those things.
    We have been observing this situation for seventy years now, thus it has been during that whole time and present circumstances seem to promise no resolution in the next seventy years.

  • Bezos has chance to remake the newspaper model

    First Amendment Center
    Jeff Bezos made it clear in founding Amazon.com that he can compete in the marketplace.
    We’ll just have to wait and see if he can, and will, do the same thing in the marketplace of ideas — that equally combative zone protected and preserved by the First Amendment’s provision for a free press.

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  • A year later, Rockwood sees financial progress

    Repeat problems are found in Rockwood’s 2012 fiscal audit, but the management had made drastic changes since city recorder Becky Ruppe took office.
    Ruppe said she plans to continue to see progress and told Tennessee Comptroller Justin P. Wilson as much when he recently visited the county.
    “I told him we want to be the example that things can be fixed,” Ruppe said.
    Mayor James Watts has said he suspects auditors will always make some discoveries, but that the majority of them have been fixed and will not appear in future audits.

  • Get hooked at 23rd Fishing Rodeo for Kids on Saturday

    Dennis Ferguson’s 23rd annual Fishing Rodeo for Kids will be on Aug. 10 at Roane County Park in Midtown.
    The annual event is free to ages 5-14. 
    “I love seeing parents that came to the rodeo when they were children and they are now bringing their children to fish,” Ferguson said.
    Registration starts at 8 a.m., and fishing will begin at 9. 
    The first 300 children will receive a T-shirt, cap, and prizes will be awarded.
    Lunch will be provided.


    When two pine trees needed to come down in the yard of her Midtown home, Doris Gladden knew what she wanted to do.

    She tracked down an artist who took the remains of the tree trunks and made them into art: two chainsaw-carved anchors in honor of her husband, Billy Lee Gladden, who served 20 years in the U.S. Navy.
    “People will stop in the road and take pictures of the anchor,” said Billy Lee.
    The two anchors were carved in November 2012, and Doris Gladden points to another tree that will eventually fall in the near future.

  • Past sex offenses not part of trial

    Jurors never heard about James Tiegs’ past convictions during his aggravated sexual battery trial last month in Roane County Criminal Court.

    Tiegs has convictions in Arizona for attempted sexual exploitation of a minor and dangerous crimes against children in the second degree. Prosecutor Bill Reedy said Tennessee law didn’t allow him to bring that up during the trial.

  • Pa. firm buys Rocky Top Markets for $37 million

    From staff reports
    A Pennsylvania-based company last week purchased Rocky Top Markets fuel stations in an almost-$37-million deal.
    Lehigh Gas Partners LP acquired 34 sites in the Knoxville region in an asset purchase agreement on Aug. 1, a  company release said.
    Under the $36.9 million deal, Lehigh purchased 30 stations and assumed or entered into leases for four additional stations.
    The company also entered into third-party supply contracts and purchased certain equipment and other assets at the sites as part of the deal.