Local News

  • 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.

  • New bail bond co. approved

    Another bonding company has been given permission to do business in the 9th Judicial District.

    Steven Brent Massengale, doing business as Hill’s Bonding Co., filed a petition last year to write criminal bonds in the district.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen turned down the petition, stating Hill’s Bonding was “the next bonding company in line to be considered for approval, however, the court is not considering the approval of any more bonding companies at this time.”

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  • Kingston man may face federal charges

    Kingston resident William Tyler Farmer could be facing federal charges.

    According to a Meigs County arrest warrant, drugs and guns were found in a vehicle Farmer was driving on June 12.

    The drugs included pills and steroids.

    He was charged with manufacturing, delivery, sale and possession of drugs, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful possession of a weapon, DUI and possession of a handgun while under the influence.

    He’s scheduled to appear in Meigs County General Sessions Court on Thursday.

  • Lawsuit filed in fatal accident

    The widow of an Oakdale man who died in a car crash on Hwy. 61 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Roane County Circuit Court against the former state trooper accused of hitting him.

    Sandra J. Solomon is accusing Samuel Dean Norman of causing the crash that killed her husband, Elmer Solomon.

    She’s seeking $750,000 in compensatory damages and $230,000 in punitive damages.

    Kingston attorney Pat Cooley filed the lawsuit on her behalf this month.