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Today's News

  • NO NEW TAXES: County officials say they’re acting on will of the people

    Commissioners say their reluctance to raise taxes the last two budget cycles reflects the will of their constituents. 

    “I think there’s been such an overwhelming response from constituents that most of the commissioners felt compelled to listen,” District 1 Commissioner Ron Berry said. 

    That was heard during last week’s discussions about a 9-cent property tax rate increase for schools and a .25 percent increase in the county’s sales tax rate.   

  • Who’s a superhero? This guy!

     

    Fifth-grader Mac Simpson recently became a superhero at Midtown Elementary as part of The Move 2 Stand anti-bullying program. Students pledge to not be bullies and to be better friends in the Stars Nashville program. The superhero pledge is part of a kickoff party for the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program that Midtown is implementing. 

  • Firearms charge gets sex offender 10 years

    Charles Daniel Mullins no longer has his federal case to worry about. 

    That concluded last Wednesday, when U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan sentenced him to 10 years on a firearms conviction. 

    The prison term will be followed by three years of supervised release. 

    Mullins was convicted of felony attempted rape in Cumberland County in 2005, and is on the Tennessee Sexual Offender Registry. 

    He’s classified as a violent offender. 

  • Kingston finally OKs agreement for 911 dispatch

    Kingston City Council members seem to have put some longstanding issues to bed at their Sept. 9 council session.

    A pair of votes gave final approval to a pair of measures that had been ongoing sources of contention.

    The first item was a measure to approve a dispatch agreement with the county 911 board.

    A couple of years ago, County 911 Director Mike Hooks had approached local municipalities with a plan to gradually raise their 911 fees over a five-year period. 

  • Schools to get $9,000 from city for taxes

    Harriman will be making an annual payment of about $9,315.90 for the next 10 years to the Roane County school system. 

    It’s a payment necessitated when local communities were told they should have been giving a portion of their mixed drink taxes to the school system. 

    “The repayment of liquor tax does hurt us especially during a time when our TCRS (Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System) payment is costing us so much money,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • Hip to be SQUARE

    Music and good times can be had inside the Harriman American Legion every Monday with the start of square dance lessons.

    The Three Rivers Ramblers Dance Club began hosting lessons last week for all interested.

    Not the twinkle-toes type?

    Not a problem.

    “If we can be taught, you can be taught,” Beverly Zeilman said. The rather large club holds lessons to help keep new blood involved.

  • NOTHING LIKE ICE CREAM TO CHASE AWAY THE SCHOOL DAY

     

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers

  • $3,000-broadcast rumors ‘made up’

    Despite rumors, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he has not told anyone they will have to pay a fee to broadcast football games.

    “Absolutely not,” he said Wednesday night. “State law and our board policy require that anybody that uses school facilities go through the director. I have just asked that those people who are broadcasting games come and visit with me.”

    There was talk on Facebook forums of a costly pay-to-broadcast system.

  • Heavy loans in judge race

    Mike Pemberton loaned his campaign $55,000 during the race for 9th Judicial District Circuit Court judge. That was in addition to more than $50,000 in contributions he received.

    In a close contest, Pemberton defeated Tom McFarland on Aug. 7.

  • Tornado repairs in Kingston