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Today's News

  • Mayor vows to hold Rockwood tax rate, unless ...

    Rockwood leaders are scheduled to have first reading of the city’s 2015-16 budget at a meeting at 6 p.m. May 28.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he’s still tweaking the budget he’ll present to Council that day.

    One thing he doesn’t plan on messing with is how much money the city gets in property tax.

    “Our tax rate is $1. It will not go above that unless our appraisals come in and says to get the same amount we had last year we’ll have to be above that,” Miller said.

  • Tax hike for sheriff’s office? It all depends on who you ask

    Officials aren’t on the same page about the proposed budget for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    Last month, Sheriff Jack Stockton told the Roane County News his budget won’t require an increase in the property tax rate.

    County Executive Ron Woody disagrees. He said the sheriff’s budget that was approved by the budget committee includes a 1-cent increase in the rate.

    “We didn’t ask for any tax increase on our budget,” Stockton told the Sheriff’s Liaison Committee last week.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: President Andrew Jackson – a man of his times

    Gentle reader, as we understand, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition anchor, Mr. Steve Inskeep, has authored a book, entitled “Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Chief John Ross and A Great American Land Grab”, which he will discuss and sign at the Bijou Theatre, in Knoxville, next Tuesday, 2 June, at 7:00 p.m.

  • TFWC sets new buck limit for 2015-16 season

    The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission (TFWC) has voted to reduce the white-tailed buck limit for the 2015-16 seasons.

    Deer hunters will now be able to take a total of two bucks throughout the deer hunting seasons.

    After months of discussion and consideration, the action came during the TFWC’s May meeting which concluded Friday at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Ray Bell Region III Building.

  • Tennessee state high school fishing championship heads to Chickamauga

    The Bass Federation (TBF) and FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, have partnered to present the 2015 Tennessee State High School Fishing Championship.

    The tournament is open to any High School Fishing team in the entire state of Tennessee.

    The Tennessee state championship is a two-person (team) event for students in grades 7-12. Registration for anglers and their coach, who will provide the boat they compete in, is online at HighSchoolFishing.org.

  • Minton impressed by Green Waves in spring scrimmage

    Spring is the time for football teams to start adjusting to their new rosters, for new coaches to learn their roles and for old coaches to figure out what’s next.

    For Midway’s first-year head coach Ryen Minton, Thursday’s scrimmage against Oakdale gave his team a chance to help find it’s identity.

    “I think offensively we had a pretty good plan put together,” Minton said. “It’s kind of the plan we’re going to be running, hopefully, a little more effectively in the season”

  • Midway head coach Ryen Minton embracing new role

    Editor’s note: This story is the second in a five-part series that will dive into all five high school football teams in Roane County.

    In April, it was announced that Midway’s Joe Campbell would be leaving the program to be the new lead man for Loudon.

    One of the coaches who elected to stay with the Green Waves, Ryen Minton, was quickly named his replacement.

    With a little over a month in, Minton said he has had his hands full.

  • Summertime: Go-go-gadget sports section

    Well, sports fans, we’ve made it. Through basketball season, through boy’s soccer season, baseball and softball, too. Not to mention the myriad of other spring sports.

    It’s been a busy spring for us all. I’ve spent most of it getting used to my new position here as sports editor. Have there been some bumps in the road? Of course. Have I made a few people upset? Yeah, but that comes with the territory. I think I’m figuring this whole “sports section” thing out.

  • Roane United Way tweaks community investment process

    Roane County United Way has completed its annual community investment process of awarding funds to organizations that provide services to improve the lives of Roane County citizens.

    Some changes were made to the application process and the focus when awarding candidates this year.

    In the past, United Way’s business model focused on the “direct impact” of the services being provided to improve the lives of individuals and families.

  • Moms-to-be get help with kicking the smoking habit

    The Roane County Health Department has staff trained and certified to offer a program to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.

    “We know the harm tobacco use causes to the mother and unborn child,” said Laurie Adams, executive director of the Baby & Me Tobacco Free Program.

    “This program is research-based and proven to help pregnant women quit smoking and stay quit.”

    The program is based in Jamestown, N.Y.