Today's News

  • 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.

  • Hurley ousts Ferguson from longtime state House seat

    By Damon Lawrence and Katie Hogin
    The Republican wave sweeping the country drowned Dennis Ferguson's career in the Tennessee General Assembly Tuesday night.

    The incumbent Democrat from Midtown lost to Lenoir City Republican Julia Hurley in the race for the 32nd District seat in the State House of Representatives.

    “It's just a tide I couldn't stop,” Ferguson told supporters during his concession speech.

    Hurley took the early vote and went on to defeat Ferguson by a final tally of 8,833 to 7,834.

  • Unofficial Election Day results for Roane candidates

    Tennessee House of Representatives, 32nd District

    All Roane and Loudon County precincts reporting (unofficial)

    Julia Hurley 8,833

    Dennis Ferguson 7,834


    Twenty-four of 24 Roane County precincts reporting (unofficial)

    U.S. House of Representatives, 4th District

    Scott DesJarlais 6,995

    Lincoln Davis 4,682

    Paul H. Curtis 194

    James Gray 88

    Richard S. Johnson 48

  • Berry trades for ambulance post

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry wasn’t going to let a chance to serve on the commission’s ambulance committee pass him by.
    He traded his spot on the in-lieu-of-tax committee with Commissioner Copper Bacon to get on the ambulance committee.
    Commissioners approved the committee assignments at their Oct. 18 meeting.
    Berry said he’s not sure why his name wasn’t on the ambulance committee list to begin with. He’s been outspoken about financial problems facing the ambulance department.

  • New roof planned for gymnasium at Rockwood Middle

    The Rockwood Middle School gym got a new floor not too long ago. Soon the building will have a new roof.
    The current roof is in need of repair and the Roane County Board of Education voted last week to replace it.
    Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the gym has a rubber membrane roof on it. She showed the board pictures and explained the problem.
    “You can see that the seam is splitting,” she said.
    The estimated cost for the new roof is $66,000. 

  • Early voting down

    One of the perks for a hometown politician is being able to tell stories a local crowd can relate to. Dennis Ferguson, a Democrat from Midtown, used that to his advantage during a forum at Luminary United Methodist Church in September.
    “Unfortunately I don’t have 18 years worth of stories to tell you,” Lenoir City Republican Julia Hurley said.

  • Swan Pond Circle Road closed on Election Day

    TVA will close Swan Pond Circle Road from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday – Election Day. Traffic will have to detour around the area during those hours.
    TVA said the closure is necessary to connect the east end of Swan Pond Circle Bridge to Swan Pond Circle Road and to excavate, grade and apply asphalt.
    “We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we continue to restore the areas impacted by the spill,” TVA said in a message to the Roane County Community Advisory Group.

  • Rockwood may settle King suit

    A lawsuit that has been the source of friction between Rockwood officials may be close to a settlement.
    Rockwood City Council will discuss and possibly take action Tuesday to settle the lawsuit filed by Rod King, general manager of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas, against council members Peggy Evans, Ray Collett and Bill Thompson individually and Rockwood City Council.
    The called meeting will start at 5 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

  • Stansbury’s pencil drawing wins over viewers at ’10 Country Fair

    Jesse Stansbury’s pencil drawing was voted Viewers Choice in this year’s Kingston Country Fair.
    Roane County Family and Community Education Clubs were in charge of the competitions, which generated 187 entries.
    Best of Show entries were Minnie Beth Wright’s pickled okra and Christina Andrews’ crochet.
    Winners in each division and category with entries are:
    Division A: Needlework
    • Class 1, Afghan — Barbara Ricker, first; Martha Barding, second.