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Today's News

  • Almost $25 million collected in county property taxes for year

    Property-tax-collecting season went well for Roane County.

    Trustee Wilma Eblen said the total levy for the 2014-15 fiscal year was $27.607 million. Of that amount, $2.676 million remains unpaid.

    County budget director Kaley Walker said the unpaid amount shouldn’t put the county in a financial bind, because each year officials take into account that not all the tax money will be paid on time.

    “We don’t plan on getting it all,” she said. “We figure a collection rate of about 93 percent of what’s levied.”

  • Road project to open possibilities in other counties

    Officials kicked off a $62 million project to four-lane a 3.4 mile stretch of Hwy. 27 from Roane into Morgan County.

    Tennessee Department of Transportation officials said the first phase will go to State Route 328 in Morgan County. A second phase will continue the four-laning to Wartburg.

    “It is just a win-win situation,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston. “We are hoping there will be lots of spin-off from this project,” said State Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Another Dollar General for Kingston

    A new Dollar General Store is on the verge of opening in Kingston — at 764 Gallaher Road.

    The parking lot is paved, the sign is up and workers were putting up shelves inside the store on Monday.

    “They are getting close to being finished, and had hoped to be open by the end of the month, but I don’t know if they will make that,” Kingston City Manager David Bolling said.

    The opening of the new store will give Kingston two Dollar General locations.

  • Rockwood man gets 15 years on feds gun charge

    Selling firearms to a pawn shop resulted in a lengthy prison sentence for a Rockwood man.

    Timothy Wayne Sanders, 44, was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison by U.S. District Judge Harry S. Mattice Jr. on March 13.

    Sanders was indicted by a federal grand jury on Aug. 6, 2013, on two counts of being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm.

    He was scheduled to stand trial on Nov. 4, 2014, but just prior to jury selection, he changed his mind and pleaded guilty to the charges.

  • Second Blue Bell ice cream recall issued in a month

    Blue Bell Creameries has issued another recall.

    The latest recall is for chocolate, strawberry and vanilla institutional/food service ice cream cups with tab lids.

    According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the products may be contaminated with listeria. The cups were distributed in more than 20 states, including Tennessee.

  • Former cop in standoff, ex-wife shot

    Roane County law enforcement were in a standoff several hours on Saturday with a suspect accused of shooting his ex-wife at 142 Bridges Drive.

    “We had a shooting incident here, and there was a female shot several times in the chest,” Sheriff Jack Stockton confirmed early Saturday evening. “She was flown out to a trauma center.”

    The sheriff said Jenny Gambrill was in stable condition from what he had heard from a surgical nurse at the hospital.

  • Powerball ticket worth $50 million sold in Harriman

    The state’s newest millionaire could come from Roane County. According to the Tennessee Lottery, the winning ticket for Saturday’s $50 million Powerball jackpot was sold in Harriman.

    Tennessee Lottery spokeswoman Kym Gerlock said the cash value of the winning ticket is approximately $33.5 million, meaning that’s how much the winner would receive if they take the prize in one lump sum.

    The winning ticket matched all six numbers drawn. 

  • Exec’s state talk irks assessor

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is still sore about the comments Roane County Executive Ron Woody made during last month’s State Board of Equalization meeting in Nashville.

    “We would like for you all to come in and assist us in rebuilding confidence,” Woody said.

    Those were the last comments the board heard before voting unanimously to allow the Division of Property Assessments to take over Roane County’s reappraisal.

  • 83 spot change forms sent in

    T.H. Brown, chairman of the Roane County Board of Equalization, sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody expressing concerns about value changes on multiple parcels.

    “There appears to be a pattern of judgment and spot reappraising on improvement values, as well as significant reductions in land,” Brown said in the letter dated March 16.

    “I find this pattern excessive and questionable.”

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said he was unaware of the letter until shown a copy Thursday night.

  • Lawyer wants Jacobs lawsuit back in Roane

    Knoxville attorney John Dupree wants the lawsuit he filed on behalf of an ash spill cleanup worker back in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Dupree’s client, Corryton resident Bill Rose, is accusing Jacobs Engineering Group of causing him to contract leukemia by lying about the safety of fly ash at the TVA ash spill cleanup site in Roane County.

    The lawsuit, in which Rose is seeking $10 million, was filed in Roane County Circuit Court on Dec. 12.

    Jacobs had it moved to U.S. District Court in Knoxville last month.