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Today's News

  • Committee seeks detonation plan

    Officials would like to see a policy for detonating explosives found in Roane County.

    The solid waste committee voted last week to have County Executive Ron Woody coordinate with the emergency management department and the Knox County bomb squad to come up with a plan.   

    “Then, I guess it will come back to the solid waste committee for us to make a recommendation on,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said.

    Ellis and Commissioner Benny East said the policy should be for explosives found in Roane County only.

  • Man charged with rape of 3-year-old

    A Roane County man faces a felony charge for an alleged sex crime against a toddler.

    William H. Waters of 213 Paint Rock Road is charged with one count of child rape.

    Waters, 31, was indicted by the Roane County Grand Jury last month.

    According to the indictment, the alleged crime happened in January when the victim was 3 years old.

    Waters allegedly sexually penetrated the victim.  

    Several other men were indicted on sex charges by the grand jury.

  • Library holds book sale

    Oliver Springs Public Library is growing needs help.

    As it makes room for newer collections, it must weed out older books that are no longer being checked out. The library is selling those books at low prices.  

    On Friday, Nov. 12, the library will be selling hardback books for $1 and paperbacks for 50 cents. It also welcomes donations for specific books to be added to our collection.  

    The library is housed in the train depot, built in 1905, along with the historical museum and caboose.

  • RSCC, Chattanooga State team up for concert

    The Roane State Community College Music Department will present Requiem by Gabriel Fauré on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Kingston.

    The Roane State Concert Choir and the Chattanooga State Community College Concert Choir are teaming up for the performance.

    A $10 donation is suggested.

    The concert will feature Edie Johnson, organ; Fred Pogue, piano; Mary Ann Fennell, violin; Charles Barber, baritone; and Amanda Peavyhouse, soprano.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.

    Floyd H. Sistanich, probation violation Sept. 1, 2004. Dismissed March 12, capias recalled.

    Agey C. Stamey, probation violation Jan. 8, 2004. Dismissed March 12, capias recalled.

    Gloria J. Webb, probation violation Sept. 20, 2006. Dismissed March 12, capias recalled.

    Thomas E. McCurry, probation violation Feb. 20, 2004. Dismissed March 12, capias recalled.

  • RSCC open house Nov. 6

    Roane State Community College will host an open house for high school seniors, juniors and their parents on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the Roane County campus in Harriman.

    Families of students are also welcome. Attendees will register in the theater lobby in the O’Brien Humanities Building.

    A brunch will be offered at no cost.

    Participants will have a chance to learn more about Roane State, including the opportunity to speak with faculty.

  • Ponderosa fire
  • Rockwood's yo-yo stop sign
  • Further appeal could cost you

    The adage “nothing in life is free” will hold true for property owners who appeal their new assessments with the State Board of Equalization.

    A fee is required to file an appeal.

    According to the state board, the fees defray part of the cost of processing and hearing property tax appeals at the state level.

    The fees range from $17.50 to $55 depending on the value of a person’s property.

  • Counterfeiting operation busted

    A four-month investigation uncovered a local counterfeiting organization that cost more than $80,000 in losses for Roane County businesses.

    “These were counterfeit checks,” Harriman Detective Daniel Schneider said.

    Schneider only has estimates on how much the counterfeiting cost Roane County businesses, but he said the checks were passed in surrounding areas, as well.