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Today's News

  • Correction

    A story in the May 1 issue of the Roane County News about the Roane County Sheriff’s Office budget contained an error.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the budget committee approved a $125,000 contract between the sheriff’s office and WestCare for the 2015-16 fiscal year, which will require a property tax rate increase of 1 cent to fund.

  • Proposed tax hike less than schools had sought

    The Roane County Budget Committee voted to recommend a property tax rate increase for education on Tuesday, but it wasn’t the amount school officials were looking for.

    The Roane County Board of Education had requested a 29-cent increase in the property tax rate. The committee only approved an additional 20 cents.

    “We’re going to do everything we can to keep the programs that we have,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said following the meeting.

  • No increase in sheriff’s budget

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton’s proposed budget offers no raises and has nothing extra for additional employees, but he’s not complaining.

    “I’m just thankful that we’re able to continue the way we are without asking for more money,” Stockton said.

    Stockton’s proposed budget, which was approved by the county’s budget committee on Monday, also doesn’t require an increase in the property tax rate to fund.

  • Harriman seeking PR help

    Things have grown so busy in Harriman that officials may seek a new employee to help keep up.

    Harriman City Council members want to hire a special events and public relations coordinator this coming fiscal year to promote the city and its activities.

    “It could be a big position if it is done right,” said Councilman Wayne Best.

    Mayor Chris Mason said the person would probably be so busy on weekends it might not appeal to someone with a family, but students and other young people might not mind the topsy-turvy schedule.

  • Wondering what you might owe in property taxes?

    it until later this year to get an idea of what their post-reappraisal property tax bill will look like.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said a new tool on the county’s website can help property owners figure it out before the bill arrives in the mail.

  • Man answers door with syringe in ear

    Meth labs and materials were reportedly found at a home on Black Jack Road recently.

    Three men inside the home were decontaminated, but no arrests were made.

    “The three suspects were allowed to leave, and charges are pending after further investigation,” the report on the incident said.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Mayes, a certified meth tech, was the reporting officer.

    His report said a tip about meth activity led authorities to 622 Black Jack Road on April 18.

  • A helping hand
  • You don’t want to know what’s for dinner
  • Medical transport may locate at airport

    Air transport for medical help might be closer for some Roane County residents — particularly some in West Roane County.

    Rockwood City Council passed a resolution allowing Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller to execute a two-year ground lease with Med-Trans Air Medical Transport allowing it to place a modular building on a portion of the Rockwood Municipal Airport property for crew, pilots and maintenance for air medical transport services in Roane and surrounding counties.

  • Harriman officials hope for home run on new fencing

    Harriman officials will be ready to go if the Roane County Economic Development Foundation approves the replacement of the city’s ballfield fences.

    It’s one of Harriman’s proposed public image repair projects, and the city is bidding out replacing the fences so they’ll be ready to vote on it in their May Council meeting.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he had heard the Roane County Economic Development Foundation plans to meet May 5.