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Today's News

  • OS officials in, but tallies uncertified

    James Horton has a problem with Oliver Springs’ town officials.

    Newly elected Mayor Jerry Vann and Aldermen Robert Miller, Jeffery Bass and Terry Craze took office on Nov. 6 — two days after the Nov. 4 election.

    The town charter, however, states, “the newly elected officers of the town shall take offices at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday in November, after the election results have been certified.”

  • Kingston’s Thanksgiving Holiday Rush
  • Holiday flick ‘Wonderful’ milestone for the Princess

    The glimmer of the Princess Theatre’s lights will glow in holiday spirit when the Princess Theatre Foundation presents a showing of the classic holiday film “It’s a Wonderful Life.”

    The Dec. 12 showing will be the first time in many years that the Princess, originally a movie theater, has shown a film. It was all made possible with a newly installed screen, thanks to fundraising efforts of the Princess Theatre Foundation.

    “I think it is fantastic,” Harriman City Councilman Chris Ahler said.

  • Brady, Lewis up for school architect

    The Roane County Board of Education didn’t select an architect at last Tuesday’s special-called meeting.

    But the board narrowed the field to Michael Brady Inc. and The Lewis Group.

    “We’ll do a more thorough interview with them pretty quickly,” Board Chairman Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Board members will interview representatives from both firms during a special-called session beginning at 6 p.m. Dec. 4.

  • Harriman goals to be determined in ’15

    Harriman City Council decided to wait until a city manager was hired before determining the city’s future goals and direction.

    Kevin Helms took the reins this month, and it looks like officials have decided to start the new calendar year by having the meeting in January.

    “I think we ought to agree about a long range vision for the city,” said Councilman Buddy Holley.

    Holley said deciding on the city’s identity is important to its future.

  • Classroom Under the Sea making a splash

    Roane State Community College’s Classroom Under the Sea is doing more than breaking a world record for living in an underwater habitat.

    Professors Bruce Cantrell and Jessica Fain are making waves in education with a weekly program that exposes people to knowledge about the ocean, its coral reefs and animals, and experts in varied fields of study.

    Not only is a class at Roane State offered through the program, but videos are streamed for free and include lab projects anyone can do.

  • Harriman couple under indictment for child abuse

    A Harriman couple was arrested on Thursday following an indictment by the Knox County grand  jury, according to a press release from the Knox County Sheriff’s Office.

    Laurel Harmon, 26, and her boyfriend Robin Mayes, 27, are charged with aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect.

    Bond for both Harmon and Mayes was set at $300,000.  

  • Radio Shack closes up shop in Rockwood

     

    Radio Shack has closed in Rockwood. The electronic store’s sign has been removed from the front of the store it occupied in Tyler Pointe, and signs advise customers that the nearest store isnow in Oak Ridge. “Radio Shack can confirm we are closing our Rockwood location,” a corporate representative said. “However, we will continue to have additional stores in the area to serve our customers. We are grateful for the service of our dedicated associates.”

  • Reappraisal trouble creates scramble

    Officials were not happy to learn that trouble already is looming over Roane County’s 2015 reappraisal.

    In a Nov. 10 letter to Property Assessor David Morgan, the director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments expressed doubts about the assessor’s office ability to complete an acceptable reappraisal program on time.

  • Changing reappraisal cycle may not be option

    Counties in Tennessee are allowed to reappraise on four-, five- or six-year cycles.

    Roane County is on a five-year cycle, and its next reappraisal is slated for 2015. Because of the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office apparent inability to conduct the 2015 reappraisal on time, there have been discussions about going to a six-year cycle, which would give the county more time.

    That may not be a good idea for a several reasons, however.