Local News

  • Rabies vaccination clinics coming

    The Roane County Health Department is partnering with the Roane Veterinary Hospital at 3000 Roane State Hwy., Midtown, to offer rabies vaccinations from 1:30 to 5 p.m. April 13.

    The cost will be $12 per vaccination.

    The Health Department and Morgan County Animal Hospital will offer low-cost rabies vaccinations for dogs and cats on April 14 and April 21.

    Vaccinations will be provided from 10 a.m. to noon April 14 at the Bowers Elementary School, Harriman.

  • Vote to pay for school plan could come in following months

    The Roane County Commission could vote in the coming months on how to pay for a $68 million plan that would combine three high schools and shuffle around other schools.

    School officials revealed the plan to County Commissioners and the public during a meeting now underway at Roane State Community College.

    "This isn't the end," Commission Chairman Ron Berry said. "This is just the beginning."

  • School answers coming: Leaders to give long-awaited details on plan

    The Roane County Board of Education has yet to secure funding for its building proposal.

    If last week’s County Commission meeting is an indication, it might not be able to. Commissioners were presented with a resolution that asked them to endorse the “K-14 education plan” being shopped around by The Roane Alliance and to start making preparations to fund the plan in the upcoming county budget.

  • Harriman again trying sales tax hike

    Harriman is again looking at raising its local sales tax, and officials hope to better promote it to residents before putting it to a referendum vote later this year.

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best said the sales tax is vital to meet the city’s infrastructure needs, including paving, storm drains and sidewalks.

    “If something don’t happen we are going to have to raise (property) taxes. We cannot keep running and hiding from it and letting the town continue to fall apart and our streets continue (falling apart),” Best said.

  • Ex-assessor Morgan making executive bid

    Former Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan has thrown his hat into the ring in the race for county executive.

    “I feel I have a lot to give Roane County. I’m not done yet,” Morgan said.

    His priority will be trying to reduce the tax rate by increasing the tax base. He said that under the current administration the property tax rate has risen from $2.18 to $2.56.

    County Executive Ron Woody disputed the claim that property taxes have risen 38 cents during his administration.

  • Snowy day? Snow problem.

    What’s a few flurries for the boys of summer?

    While they’re peppered with snow, Midway runner Brendan Burnam scores as Harriman catcher Travis Wright cannot hold onto the throw to the plate during a double-header Wednesday at Harriman’s Papermaker Park.

    The double-header was scheduled between the in-county rivals after heavy rains the previous day left Midway’s field muddy.

  • Balcony-leaping inmate arraigned

    Jail jumper Robert Wesley Bandy was arraigned on charges of aggravated assault, resisting arrest and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon this month.

    He entered the courtroom on March 16 in a wheelchair, apparently still suffering from injuries sustained in a jail jumping incident last year.

    “We represented Mr. Bandy in the court below (General Sessions) so we will continue to represent him,” Assistant Public Defender Mart Cizek told Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks.

  • Don’t look for Harriman splash pad this summer

    The rush for a splash pad this summer has been put on hold in Harriman.

    Harriman officials planned to borrow money for the pad but are now applying for a Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant instead.

    “The problem that has arose is that both contractors who have submitted proposals can’t get to it in time to get it in for this year for it to be utilized,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

    He said it would be completed in time for it to be closed and winterized for the year.

  • New sign coming for Kingston center

    Kingston Community Center will be getting a new sign.

    Kingston City Council approved a $24,800 bid entered by Electro-Mech Scoreboard Co. to install a new sign at the Center.

    The sign is 3-by-8-foot double sided with a 4-by-5-foot pole and a 2-by-8-foot marquee at the top. The sign will have full color and the capability to display animated graphics and pre-recorded video.

    The sign will operate within the same standards applicable to private businesses.

    Council also voted to approve surplusing the current sign.

  • State, county and city candidates, as of Friday, March 23