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Today's News

  • NOTHING LIKE ICE CREAM TO CHASE AWAY THE SCHOOL DAY

     

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers

  • $3,000-broadcast rumors ‘made up’

    Despite rumors, Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he has not told anyone they will have to pay a fee to broadcast football games.

    “Absolutely not,” he said Wednesday night. “State law and our board policy require that anybody that uses school facilities go through the director. I have just asked that those people who are broadcasting games come and visit with me.”

    There was talk on Facebook forums of a costly pay-to-broadcast system.

  • Heavy loans in judge race

    Mike Pemberton loaned his campaign $55,000 during the race for 9th Judicial District Circuit Court judge. That was in addition to more than $50,000 in contributions he received.

    In a close contest, Pemberton defeated Tom McFarland on Aug. 7.

  • Tornado repairs in Kingston
  • SPECIAL DAY in MIDTOWN
  • Smoke leads to evacuation

    A smoky fire at Renaissance Terrace required some nursing home residents to be evacuated.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the fire started around 3:50 a.m. Wednesday morning and appears to have started in a bathroom trash can. State fire marshal’s office will be investigating.

    “They did an outstanding job on getting the wing clear,” Goss said of staff.

    The fire was already out when firefighters arrived.

    “We have been having a lot of fire extinguisher classes for them so that paid off,” Goss said.

  • Roane down to two ambulances earlier this week

    There was a time on Monday when Roane County only had two ambulances in service. 

  • Attorney to serve Rockwood, county

    Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew can continue to perform that role and serve in his newly sworn-in office as Roane County attorney.

  • PREACHING GOD’S PLAYBOOK

    On the football field, Midway senior lineman Gage Patterson likes nothing better than leading the Green Wave to victories.

    Off the field, however, Patterson looks to lead the community in a different way. He has answered a calling from God and has begun his ministry as a preacher.

    “I recently went through a bad time where things were very depressing for me,” he said. “God got me through it, and I realize now he was using that bad time as a way to prepare me for this.”

  • No tax hikes for school system

    Property tax rates will remain the same in Roane County for another year.

    The Roane County Board of Education had asked for a 9-cent rate hike, but that request was voted down 11-4 at Monday’s County Commission meeting.

    “I’ve been inundated, as some commissioners I heard, have been all weekend and all day today with no new taxes,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said.