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Today's News

  • Tax bill late, but payment better not be

    “The tax rate has not been set.”

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said that’s what she tells people who call her office to ask why they have yet to receive a property-tax bill.

    Eblen said another question she’s fielding is if the deadline to pay will be extended.

    The answer is no. The deadline is still Feb. 28.   

    “I do not have the power to extend it,” Eblen said. “I do not have the power to waive the penalties and interest.”

  • Shiloh Baptist cites Chapman

    W.D. “Bud” Chapman was recently presented with a plaque of recognition commemorating his many years of service to Shiloh Baptist Church.  

    Chapman’s conversion and baptism was in the mid-1950s when a Cherokee Indian minister, the Rev. Robert Bushyhead, led a revival at the church.

    His contributions to the church include teaching the adult men’s Sunday school class for years. He and his wife, Alice, founded and helped lead the Shiloh senior ministry for 15 years.

  • Midway events for freshmen, seniors

    Midway High School is planning two events on Oct. 14 for its current freshman and senior students.

    An information session for parents of ninth-grade students will include details about the many types of assessments given throughout their four years of high school.

    These assessments include the PLAN and ACT, which are required for college admittance.

    Others to be discussed include end-of-course examinations, state exams given to test a subject’s knowledge base, Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery and Preliminary SATs.

  • Kingston enjoys big weekend

    The Kingston youth league football program had another big Saturday in the Tennessee Valley League, winning all three games at home against Harriman. The three wins keeps all three Kingston teams in the hunt for league championships.

  • Roane teams looking for success Friday night

    Friday night will be another busy night for Roane County’s five football teams as all five have games on the schedule.

  • Officials in Rockwood need to step it up

    We are deeply disappointed with some Rockwood officials in their handling of water department issues.
    Weeks after the Roane County News wrote about the existence of a letter from a state official telling the city it has been illegally mingling funds between the water and gas utilities, many of these officials have been burying their heads in the sand.
    We don’t have that letter, some city officals said. Then some of them, including utility director Rod King, seemed to want to continue to ignore its existence.

  • Phew! There’s so much to do around here

    Time was my son would breeze through his weekend high school homework and then complain.
    You know the drill … “There’s nothing to do around here. I’m bored!”
    We assured him life would change when he headed off to the Big University.
    And so it has.
    Nowadays, he doesn’t exactly breeze through the weekend assignments.
    Rather, he schedules and hosts study groups around his responsibilities with the football team.

  • Free horse show draws attention to social causes

    STAFF REPORTS
    People love horses.
    With that in mind, multiple groups and agencies are coming together to raise awareness about different outreach services offered in the county.
    The free event is being called the Tennessee All-Breed Charity Horse Show and Roane County Community Awareness Fair.
    It will take place this  Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Center at Roane State Community College.
    The horse show also will serve as a fundraiser for Lifeline scholarships and ElderWatch.

  • New sign dresses industrial park

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    The Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood has a fresh look.
    The improvements, including a new sign, are meant to encourage new industry to the area and to show existing industries they are important to the community.
    A partnership between Harriman Utility Board, Rockwood Electric Utility and TVA paid for the new sign that sits just off Hwy. 27.

  • Surprise — county passes fuzzy budget

    Roane County Commission passed a $129 million budget resolution Monday night with no debate.

    That came as a shock to some of the commissioners who voted to do so.

    “I guess I went to sleep at the wheel, but that’s certainly not what I had in mind,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.

    Commissioners met in the special-called meeting to adopt the budget.