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Today's News

  • Will schools tax hike pass this round?

    For the third straight year, the Roane County Board of Education is asking for a property tax rate increase to fund the school system’s budget.

    “It allows us to protect all of our programs and all of our instructional staff,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said about the budget board members approved during a special-called meeting on Tuesday.

  • Proposed New Waterfront Asset
  • 10-year sentence for beating girlfriend

    Daniel Phillip Thompson was sentenced to 10 years in prison in a case that involved the severe beating of his girlfriend.

    The July 2013 incident landed Thompson, who lived South of the River at the time, in jail on charges of aggravated assault, especially aggravated kidnapping and attempted first-degree murder.

    The especially aggravated kidnapping charge was amended to aggravated kidnapping, and Thompson pleaded guilty to the count in Roane County Criminal Court on Wednesday. The other two charges were dismissed as part of his plea deal.

  • Lawsuit moves forward in medic case

    Roane County medics administered a paralytic drug to a man who was involved in a tussle with police, according to a court order issued earlier this month by U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves.

    The case involves Dustin Barnwell, who died on Nov. 11, 2011 after the encounter with sheriff’s deputies and medics at his home on Roane Manor Drive in Kingston.

    Barnwell’s family later filed a lawsuit against Roane County, the deputies and medics, contending his death was a result of their misconduct.

  • Candy bars on tax day
  • Rain delays for TN strawberries

    Hopes remain high for Tennessee’s famous strawberry crop, but cool wet weather has postponed the start date for the state’s strawberry season.

    Strawberries require consistent warm sunshine to ripen and sweeten, and in Tennessee, it is not unusual for some farmers to have ripe berries by mid-April.

    This year, however, a brief burst of sun and high temperatures was quickly replaced with persistent rain.

    Tennessee growers will have some berries by the end of the month, but yields will be light until the first week of May.

  • Pennington honored for 42 years at EMS

    Michael Pennington was recognized for his service to the Roane County Ambulance Service on Monday.

    Pennington has worked for the department for 42 years and recently decided to step down from full time to part time.

    “It’s not health, because I’m still in good shape, considering how stressful this job is,” Pennington said. “I’ve just been looking at it for a while.”

  • Trail conference has much to offer

    Registration is now open for the 2015 Appalachian Trail Conservancy Biennial Conference on July 17-24 at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va.

    The event, co-hosted by the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club and the Mountain Club of Maryland, will feature hikes, excursions, activities and workshops related to the Appalachian Trail, hiking, local history and outdoor recreation.

    This event draws in one of the largest gathering of hikers in the United States, with more than 1,000 participants expected.

  • Drug court sought

    If all goes according to plan, a drug court could be operating in Roane County by the end of the year.

    The Roane County Commission unanimously passed a resolution on Monday that allows the county executive to apply for a three-year federal grant to establish the program.

    “It’s something that we have already been trying to do informally to help some folks,” Public Defender Kim Nelson said. “It’s going to be really helpful to have a formal structure in place to do that.”

  • ASH DISASTER CLEANUP OVER?

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Remedial Project Manager Craig Zeller was in town last week to conduct the final inspection at the TVA ash spill cleanup site. Afterward, Zeller said, you can consider the cleanup project complete.

    “We’re essentially done,” he said. “Nothing of significance out there.”