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Today's News

  • Stout’s new job now officially his

    Roane County Commissioners approved Scott Stout’s appointment as director of the Roane County Office of Emergency Services at Monday’s commission meeting. He had been the acting director of the agency.

    “I think Scott is very worthy,” Commissioner Carolyn Granger said. “He has paid his dues.”

  • Railroad improvements at 4 crossings

    Four railroad crossing projects are moving along in Roane County, including one at an intersection where two young adults lost their lives and two others were injured this year.

    Harriman native and Roane State Raiderette basketball player Jadah Gallaher and Roane State Raider basketball player Rod Drummond were killed when their vehicle was struck by a train. Jadah’s brother Darius Gallaher and a friend Hunter Crass were injured in the accident.

  • Two killed in wreck

    Two people were killed and another injured in a three-vehicle accident on Hwy. 27 at Eagle Furnace Road on Tuesday evening.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol reported that a 1993 Buick Riviera was traveling northbound on U.S. Hwy. 27 when it crossed into the path of a second vehicle, a 2009 Hyundai Evo traveling southbound on Hwy. 27, causing the Evo to strike a third vehicle, a Toyota Previa.

    The driver of the Buick, Brenda Gardner, 64, Rockwood, as well as passenger Kaleb Poe, a 20-year-old from Spring City who was riding in the Evo, were both killed.

  • Roane gets recycling grant

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid and Waste Management has announced approximately $531,820 will go toward the purchase of recycling equipment to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee.

    That includes $25,000 for Roane to go toward a $100,000 sorter line.

    Recycling equipment grants may be used to purchase key equipment for new recycling programs, improve and expand the operation of existing systems, or prepare recyclable materials for transport and marketing.

  • Zoning change attempt gets pushback

    Residents have to wait until January to hear the Roane County Commission’s decision on a controversial rezoning in East Roane County.

    Although it was on this month’s agenda, commissioners postponed the vote at their Dec. 8 meeting.

    William and Joanna McCarroll have asked that their property at 4709 Kingston Hwy. (Hwy. 70) be rezoned from developing agricultural to rural business.

    The Dollar General chain is planning to build a store there if the property is rezoned.

  • TDEC fines trucking company for unapproved air contaminant source

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined Rogers Group Inc. $750 last month for operating a generator without a valid permit.

    According to TDEC, the generator was installed at the Rogers Group’s Roane County facility on Quarry Road in 1999.

    “The respondent (Rogers Group) took ownership of operations of this facility in July 2008, which included a nonpermitted air contaminant source (non-emergency generator),” the order said.

  • ROANE REAPPRAISSAL BLUES

    Keith Gibson, the area appraisal supervisor for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments, asked Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan to provide a specific report on July 31.

    Nearly five months later, Gibson said he had yet to receive the report from Morgan.

    Gibson and Area Appraisal Manager Jess Conway said that’s one of the reasons the state has been unable to determine Roane County’s progress on being ready for the 2015 reappraisal.

  • Prosecutor’s office monitors meeting

    A prior commitment kept District Attorney General Russell Johnson from attending Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting about the county’s reappraisal.

    However, he sent Assistant District Attorney Generals Terry Stevens and Joe Caldwell instead.

    Last month, the Director of Assessments and Field Operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments sent Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan a letter expressing doubts about Morgan’s ability to complete a timely reappraisal.

  • GLOVES OF LOVE

    Enrichment Federal Credit Union’s Roane County Branch presented items collected in the sixth year of the Gloves of Love campaign on Dec. 16.

    Gloves, hats and scarves were collected for school children in Roane County.

    Many children arrive at school without warm coverings for their heads and hands, said Becky Woody, Roane County senior branch manager.

    That’s why she said the credit union is making it its mission to keep the children warm during the cold months of the

    year.

  • Zeiger new executive at Ridgeview

    Nathan Zeiger has been named chief operating officer of Ridgeview Behavioral Health Services.

    Zeiger, who holds a master’s degree in social work, began his new post on Dec. 8.

    He previously served as executive director of Bell Therapy Inc. in Milwaukee.

    “He is an accomplished, results-driven executive with 20 years of experience in community-based social services, including integrated care and programming for adults and children and youth with mental illness and substance use disorders,” said Brian Buuck, Ridge View CEO.