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  • Tax official says past dustups no problem

    Despite a history of run-ins, Property Assessor David Morgan said he’s prepared to work with Roane County Board of Equalization Chairman T.H. Brown.

    In March, Brown sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody regarding possible “spot reappraising” that has occurred under Morgan’s watch.

    The letter has sparked a review by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

    The county board convenes each year to hear appeals from property owners who are unhappy with their assessments.

  • Abduction attempt tales not confirmed

    Several local women across social media are sharing stories of being followed or almost being abducted.

    On Monday, no police reports had been filed in any incidents, including one from a woman who reported an incident at Rockwood’s Walmart on Saturday.

    “When they (Rockwood police) went down there Saturday night, the complainant was already gone,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Other agencies in Roane have said they have not received any reports of victims being followed or any attempted kidnappings.

  • New principal hired for OSHS

    Justin Nivens has been hired as the new principal at Oliver Springs High School.

    “He’s an Oliver Springs alumnus,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “His mom and dad both taught in that community for years.”

    Nivens was at Clinton High School in Anderson County this past school year.

    “He’s coming home,” Aytes said.

    Aytes said Nivens was a teacher at Clinton, where he also had some part-time administrative duties.

  • Class ranking policy issue remains unresolved after meeting

    A revision to the Roane County Schools class ranking policy will undergo further review. The Board of Education voted on Tuesday to send it back to committee.

    The revised policy was on the agenda for second reading Tuesday, but board members raised concerns.

    “I think we ought to get the two or three things worked out,” Board Member Rob Jago said.

  • Much of reappraisal done, concerns on Morgan remain

    Jason Mumpower, chief of staff for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, has issued an update on Roane County’s 2015 reappraisal.

    The comptroller’s Division of Property Assessments took over the program earlier this year.

    “The division is working toward the completion of its three-phase reappraisal plan,” he said in a memo sent to officials on Wednesday. “The division believes many of the major valuation concerns and system issues have been addressed and resolved.”

  • College offers financial help for adults

    Valerie Price wanted to go back to school years ago but thought it was out of her reach.

    The nursing student at Tennessee College of Applied Technology of Harriman had financial obstacles that initially made college seem impossible.

    “That is what held me back so long, because I had two children, and I didn’t realize all the resources out there for me when I was younger to come back to school,” Price said.

    Now more opportunities are available for adults to go back to college.

  • Harriman proposing employee raises, paving

    Harriman officials’ early budget talks don’t include a tax increase at this point, but discussions have included a garbage pickup increase of $2.50.

    If approved, that will raise monthly residential garbage pickup rates to $12.50.

    “It would make that sanitation fund self supporting,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Currently, the city subsidizes garbage pickup costs out of its general fund.

  • CASA of the 9th hires new director

    CASA of the 9th District, an organization that helps abused and neglected children in Roane, Morgan and Loudon counties find safe homes, has hired a new director.

    Lindsey Brown, who has extensive child welfare experience as a lawyer in Tennessee and Florida, will be taking over as a director effective July 1. The board voted to make her director at its meeting Wednesday.

  • Community turns eye to gypsum pond

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation still hasn’t made a final decision on TVA’s request for a landfill permit modification at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The landfill is currently permitted to store gypsum, but TVA also wants to store fly ash there.

    “That’s why it’s a permit modification and not a new permit,” TVA spokesman Scott Brooks said. “We can store gypsum out there for as long as we want.”

  • ‘Ghost’ hunt important to public health

    Scientists are taking on the daunting task of trying to see through rock at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Reservation.