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Today's News

  • Changing reappraisal cycle may not be option

    Counties in Tennessee are allowed to reappraise on four-, five- or six-year cycles.

    Roane County is on a five-year cycle, and its next reappraisal is slated for 2015. Because of the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office apparent inability to conduct the 2015 reappraisal on time, there have been discussions about going to a six-year cycle, which would give the county more time.

    That may not be a good idea for a several reasons, however.

  • Ash spill workers’ lawsuit dismissed

    All along, Jacobs Engineering Group contended it was entitled to the same immunity granted to contractors in the litigation over the TVA ash spill. Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan agreed and dismissed a lawsuit that accused Jacobs of lying to ash spill cleanup workers about the safety of fly ash.

    “The court finds that derivative discretionary immunity applies here,” Varlan ruled. “Thus, plaintiffs’ claims will be dismissed.”

    Varlan’s order applies to three cases and affects more than 50 plaintiffs.

  • Concert aims to help school system

    This weekend, two Harriman High School alumni will team up with their bandmates to support the local school system.

    Hillbilly Jedi will be at the Princess Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. The band includes Steve Collins and Mark Ray, both of whom graduated from Harriman High School in 1977.

    “I just hope it is going to be a lot of fun. We have been excited ever since we found out we were going to get to do it. We are going to see people we haven’t seen in a long time,” said Ray.

  • Tax problems close Big E’s

    Several Roane County businesses belonging to Rockwood’s Eddie Lee have been seized by the state for allegedly failing to pay state taxes.

    Signs on the closed businesses popped up this week. They read: “Warning: Tennessee State Government Seizure, This property has been seized for nonpayment of Tennessee state taxes by virtue of a levy issued by the Department of Revenue, Tax Enforcement Division .... All persons are warned not to remove or tamper with this property in any manner.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The pros and cons of Keystone pipeline stated

    Last week’s column was, as the constant reader knows, the annual pre-Thanksgiving publication of Dr. Martin Rywell’s versionn of the traditional Tennessee Apple Stack Cake.

    In that column we make mention of the fact that Dr. Rywell was married to one of the Stone girls, of the Stone’s Department Store family.

  • Blue Devils top Bobcats, 76-67

     

    In a game that featured 61 fouls and 82 free throws, the Harriman Blue Devils outlasted the Oliver Springs Bobcats at Richard D. Pickell Gymnasium Tuesday night by a final score of 76-67.

  • Jackets split with Sweetwater

     

    By JACE GREENE

    Roane Newspapers

    It was a tale of different games Tuesday night at Roane County High School as the Kingston Lady Jackets were able to come out on top with the Jackets falling in a tough contest to the Wildcats of Sweetwater. 

  • Hot start leads Lady ’Cats past Harriman

     

    After opening its season with a trio of losses, Michelle Christopher's Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats picked up their first win of the year Tuesday evening with a 66-56 victory over previously unbeaten Harriman (2-1).

  • Rockwood Pythian Sisters take home honors

    Rockwood Volunteer 1 Pythian Sisters, an auxiliary of Rockwood Knights of Pythias, collected a number of awards during the organization’s recent Supreme Convention.

    Volunteer Temple 1 Most Excellent Chief Jewel Breeden a letter of recognition, and congratulatory comments and certificates were given to those who sponsored of new members in 2013.

    Accepting the honors are, in no particular order, Pat Brown, Jennifer Ezell, Jenni Kelly, Elizabeth McNelly, Kathy Human (who accepted Charlie Parker’s award on his behalf) and Kathy Cole.

  • New to Rockwood Rotary

    Rockwood Rotary Club President Eddie Bilbrey welcomes Cindy Miller, a teacher at the Rockwood High School, as the club’s newest member.

    Miller is married to Mike “Brillo” Miller, newly elected Rockwood mayor and longtime member of the Roane County Board of Education.