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Today's News

  • Rarity auction could net county back taxes

    The auction of properties in Rarity Ridge subdivision could be a good thing for Roane County.

    The county’s back-tax attorney, Dick Evans, said buyers will be obligated to pay any unpaid property taxes on the property.   

    Those taxes, which together add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, have gone unpaid for years.

    “The taxes will be paid,” Evans said. “That’s going to happen. I don’t know when, but they will be paid.”

  • Bruner reinstatement official

    The reinstatement of Harriman attorney Spence R. Bruner is now official.

    The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee officially announced the attorney was reinstated by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court on April 25 in a recent news release.

    His attorney, Chris Cawood, said last month that it took a panel of the Board of Professional Responsibility about five minutes before recommending Bruner be reinstated.

  • Johnson, Barksdale counselors at conference

    Darlene Johnson and Carrie Barksdale represented Sevier Drive Church of Christ, Harriman, during the 35th Tennessee State Youth Conference in Nashville.

    The Churches of Christ of Middle Tennessee was responsible for last month’s conference, which began at Strader Lane Church of Christ and concluded at Nashville’s Music City Sheraton.

    “What Message R U Sending,” from Matthew 5:14-16 and 1 Timothy 4:12, was the theme of the conference, which was attended by 1,200 youths and their parents.

  • Aid for Alabama effort under way

    Four Roane County churches are banding together in a communitywide effort to collect donations for Alabama tornado victims.

    The effort, Aid for Alabama, is seeking new and slightly used household items to replace those lost due to the April 27 tornadoes that struck the state.

    Volunteers from Kingston’s Victory Baptist Church, Cedar Grove Baptist Church, New Midway Baptist Church and Potters House Church of Midtown will collect all donations through May 25.

  • Braxton Chapel to give 4 scholarships

    Braxton Chapel AME Zion Church, Kingston, is taking applications for scholarships to be given to four high school and/or college students.

    Applications will be accepted through June 10. Scholarships will range from $500 to $1,000.

  • Kingston, Rockwood libraries recipients of technology grants

    Public libraries in Kingston and Rockwood will each be awarded $21,866 in grant funding to upgrade technology.

    “Libraries in rural areas play an especially important role in connecting citizens with the resources and opportunities that are oftentimes isolated to urban areas,” said Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, whose office awards the grants in cooperation with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

  • Rockwood 2000 slates candidate forum

    Rockwood 2000 will host a public candidate forum beginning at 6 p.m. May 17 in Rockwood City Hall.

    The purpose of this event is to introduce the public to candidates running for Rockwood City Council in the June 7 election.

    The objective is to inform as many people as possible about the positions of each candidate.

    Candidates seeking to fill a two-year term are Charles Carter, Roberta Dennis and William “Pete” Wright.

    Eight candidates are vying for three seats with four-year terms.

  • Roane GOP unveils new website

    The Roane County Republican Party joins the electronic age with the launch of its new web and social media site.

    The new site, roanerepublicanparty.com, has GOP news, conservative blogs and event calendars.

    Each member will also have his own page to customize by uploading photos, videos, news stories and creating and updating a blog.

    There is no charge to join; those wishing to participate may sign up or go through their Facebook account for access.

  • Museum opens new K'Nex exhibit

    Observe, investigate and experiment with fully functioning replicas of machines, structures and amusement park rides with K'Nex: Building Thrill Rides, an exhibit open through Sept. 11 in the American Museum of Science and Energy, Oak Ridge.

    This special exhibition is designed to captivate young visitors and provide them the opportunity to explore the science, math and technology behind hair-raising amusement park thrill rides.

  • Senior birthday party planned

    Mid-East Community Action Agency’s senior services department will have a senior birthday party on May 17.

    The party, from 1 to 3 p.m., will honor Roane County residents ages 60 and older who celebrate their birthdays in April, May or June.

    It will be in the Mid-East Community Action Agency offices at 1362 N. Gateway Ave., Rockwood.

    A 1950s theme is planned, with entertainment, Coke and root beer floats and sundaes.