Today's News

  • Big loan, but no tax hike, in Harriman budget

    Harriman officials’ initial approval of the 2016 budget Tuesday steers the city on a path that includes pay raises for employees, a big loan for paving and borrowing for police cars.

    It’s all without increasing tax revenue.

    The first reading included the new certified rate of $1.2197 per $100 valuation, which should generate the same property tax revenue as previous years.

    “We have worked hard to keep our tax rate the same for the last 12 years,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • One bid submitted for greenway’s next phase



    The city of Kingston has received only one bid for the second phase of the Greenway Enhancement project near Ladd Landing.

    The $310,125.26 bid, submitted by Stephen Smith Construction Co. of Knoxville, “was just under budget,” Kingston City Manager David Bolling said during the City Council’s workshop on Tuesday.

  • Storytime starts in Rockwood

    Rockwood Public Library’s 2015-16 free preschool storytime starts Sept. 9.

    Storytime will be from 10:30 to 11 a.m. each Wednesday for ages 18 months to 5 years.

  • Roane Choral rehearsals to start Sept. 14

    Roane Choral Society rehearsals for the upcoming season will begin on Sept. 14.

    Rehearsals are at 7 p.m. each Monday in Room O-128 of the O’Brien Building at Roane State Community College.

    The group is rehearsing for “Gloria and Glad Tidings,” to be presented at 3 p.m. Nov. 21 in South Harriman Baptist Church.

    All members are encouraged to attend the rehearsals and concert. Call 354-0679 for details.

  • Reflections on political correctness

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    Last week’s column offered my final thoughts about the Civil War and its legacies.


    Fighting fires has always been in David Kirby’s blood.

    But after more than 40 years with the Rockwood Fire Department, the 63-year old Kirby is retiring and ready to start the next stage of his life.

    “This is something I always wanted to do, but 40 years is enough,” Kirby said at a surprise retirement party Friday.

    “It’s time to give the younger ones a chance to have the experience I had.”

  • Pill mill’s ‘Aunt Bea’ sentenced to 280 years in prison

    A woman convicted of running a massive pill mill operation will likely die behind bars.

    Last week, U.S. District Judge Curtis L. Collier sentenced Barbara Lang, also known as Aunt Bea, to 280 years in federal prison.

    Lang was found guilty in January of two counts of conspiracy to distribute controlled substances, five counts of maintaining a drug-involved business and 14 counts of structuring financial transactions to evade reporting requirements.

    The verdicts marked the conclusion of a 25-day trial that spanned nearly three months.

  • Retired road superintendent dead at 71

    When it came to bosses, Donna Patterson said Tom Hamby had no equal.

    “He was the best boss I have ever had,” she said.

    Hamby, Roane County’s former road superintendent, passed away on Saturday at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville. He was 71.

    “I really am sad that he passed away,” said Patterson, who was Hamby’s secretary. “He’ll be greatly missed by a lot of people.”

    Hamby was appointed road superintendent in May 1999.

  • Crawley fighting blazes in Wash.

    Roane County’s Bryan Crawley is helping fight the forest fires that have ravaged portions of Washington state.

    “I am currently the medical unit leader for the Carpenter Road fire under the Rocky Mountains incident management team,” Crawley said late last week.

    “The team is a Type 2 incident management team.”

    Crawley and the team were in Fruitland, Wash., last week. Fruitland is a community of 500. An estimated 500 firefighters were based at the Fruitland Bible Camp, about 65 miles north of Spokane.

  • Community working together for ‘Miss Mayme’s School’ site

    Oliver Springs dedicated its newest park Friday, as Carmichael Park recently completed Phase I of its development plan.

    Carmichael Park is on the site of what used to be Oliver Springs Colored School, also called Miss Mayme’s School by its former students.

    The park is named for longtime educator Mayme Carmichael, who taught and impacted many lives at the school.

    “We are just blessed and honored to be a part of this,” said Julia Daniel, Mayme Carmichael School Organization president.