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Today's News

  • Land reappraisals in state’s hands

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan is no longer in charge of the 2015 reappraisal. That responsibility now falls to the state.

    On Thursday at Legislative Plaza in Nashville, the State Board of Equalization voted unanimously to have the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments take over the reappraisal.

  • Harriman Happenings: March 2

    Get-well wishes are extended to Eugene Collier, who is in a hospital in Knoxville. May you soon be healed and back home to your family.

    At the time of this writing, Curtis Ray is a patient in Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville.

    We wish him a speedy recovery.

    A well known Christian lady of Harriman by the name of Bonnie Coleman was called to her heavenly home Sunday, Feb. 22, at her home with her son and family by her side.

  • Girl Scout cookies are here!

    Neither rain nor snow, nor sleet can stop the Girl Scouts.

    Despite weeks of winter weather, Girl Scout cookies are here — and so is a holiday for cookie lovers.

    More than 1.3 million boxes of cookies have arrived in the Girl Scout Council of the Southern Appalachians area.

    Roane County girls are now delivering their cargo, and booth sales in front of area businesses will continue through March 22.

  • Make a clean path for the mailman

    Winter storms and along with them the cold, snow and icy conditions can make delivery of your mail very challenging for letter carriers and the post office.

    Postal patrons in Roane County can support their letter carriers and post office in providing safe and timely delivery of your mail.

    “We will do our best to make delivery to all addresses,” said U.S. Postal Service spokesman David Walton.

    “At the same time, we must insure the safety of our carriers along their routes,” he added.

  • Clean up your ride after the thaw

    Your shiny car is probably three dirty shades of grey after driving through the snow, slush and salt during the last two weeks.

    In fact, your car could be corroding in some secret places, and reversing the effects may not be as easy as a simple car wash.

    “In addition to the build-up on the body of the vehicle, damage can occur to the undercarriage as well,” said Jack Wilson, a spokesman for AAA.

    “Proper cleaning can help combat corrosion to vital parts such as brake lines and fuel tanks, and time could be a factor.”

  • Sex offenders charged with breaking into home

    Two registered sex offenders are accused of breaking into a home on Blue Springs Road. Daniel Nunley and Terry Kincannon are charged with aggravated burglary in the Jan. 8 incident.

    Kincannon was arrested on Jan. 11. Nunley was arrested on Feb. 15.

  • Kingston girls, boys fall in Region tournament

    It took almost until the beginning of March, but the boy’s and girl’s basketball seasons have come to an end for Roane County High School.

    On Thursday, both the boys and girls teams were defeated by Fulton in the region tournament. The Jackets lost 61-40, and the Lady Jackets fell 73-47.

    Girl’s Game

    Thanks in part to Kingston’s Rachel Layne, the Lady Jacket were able to hang with Fulton through the first quarter.

  • String of Consciousness: What has happened to basketball?

    District champions that didn’t really win a district championship.

    Not one, but TWO teams trying to lose a game at the same time.

    Possible region champions that aren’t really region champions.

    What’s next? Are we going to draw straws for the state championships this year?

    Look, I get it. This weather has royally screwed up most everything, but does it really have to screw up basketball, too?

    Last week, district tournaments were, for the most part, completely wiped out in Tennessee.

  • ARE WE DONE NOW? PLEASE?

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Roane County may soon know whether the state and county qualify for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to help with the costs of dealing with the past two weeks’ of winter weather.

    Scott Stout, the director of Roane County’s Office of Emergency Services, said he could know something soon. From ice to heavy snow and everything in between, officials have had their hands full.

  • Salt supplies holding up in Roane

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Salt to keep Roane County’s roads safe shouldn’t be a concern.

    Roane County Highway Department Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said he’s got plenty of it, including some left from the original 500 tons he ordered last spring.

    “I have another 300 tons on its way,” said Ferguson, who had a contract to buy it in emergency situations. “This will get us through.”