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Today's News

  • Is city eyeing fields?

    The Swan Pond Sports Complex could have a new lessee.

    “We have been approached by the city of Harriman of maybe taking over the operation of the Swan Pond Sports Complex,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said at last week’s Budget Committee meeting.

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best had a different take when asked about Woody’s comments.

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  • Roane Government a corporation?

    Roane County is on the hook for homeowners association dues for the lots it owns at The Preserve at Clinch River subdivision, according to County Attorney Greg Leffew.

    “It is my opinion that while it owns the aforesaid lots, Roane County is subject to the homeowners association assessment,” Leffew said in a May 26 letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • County’s ’18 budget on its way toward finalization

    It looks like property owners will not have to fork over more money to Roane County Government in the 2017-18 fiscal year.

    Currently, there is no request for a property tax rate increase in the budget that will be presented to County Commission for approval next month.

    “We are continuing to fund our debt in compliance with our policy and we’re funding our capital improvements in the general operations and the highway operations in compliance with policy,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Paving, sidewalk repairs part of Rockwood’s no-tax-hike budget

    Rockwood residents can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to the city’s fiscal year 2018 budget that was approved by City Council on Monday.

    “We are keeping no tax increase on this,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The city’s property tax rate is $1 per $100 of assessed value.

    “I’m tickled there is no property tax increase,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

    The $5.2 million budget shows a beginning fund balance of $841,891.

  • Teenage girl leads police on pursuit

    A 16-year-old Rockwood girl is facing 18 charges stemming from a Sunday night pursuit with police.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell was on the lookout for a beige Chevy Impala because the suspect had reportedly taken the car without her guardian’s permission.

    “Dispatch directed me to North Chamberlain Avenue where her guardian had visual contact with her,” the report said. “I arrived there and found the suspect vehicle in the middle of the street stopped.”

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  • Woody: School finances ‘fragile’

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is not happy with the school system’s financial state, and he let it be known at last Thursday’s Budget Committee meeting.

    “I think your financials are very vulnerable and fragile,” he told school officials.

    The concerns come at a time when the Roane County Board of Education is looking to build a consolidated school for Harriman High, Roane County High and Rockwood High.

    The plan, which also calls for making improvements at Oliver Springs and Midway, could cost $50 million or more to execute.

  • Bible verse sets off husband

    A Rockwood woman told police her husband got physical with her after she quoted a Bible verse to him. The husband, Tony Jay Jolly, is facing a domestic assault charge in the incident.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Jared Hall responded to 516 W. Strang St., on June 5, to investigate a possible assault.

    “I spoke to Heather Jolly on the front porch who told me that it was just a simple argument between her and her husband,” the report said. “I noticed red marks on her chest and neck.”

  • Kingston wants RCHS building

    The city of Kingston wants a seat at the table if and when the future of Roane County High School is decided.

    If the county decides to move ahead with a plan to consolidate the Kingston school with Harriman and Rockwood high schools, the buildings might be repurposed or abandoned.

    Kingston City Council unanimously authorized City Manager David Bolling on Tuesday to send a letter to county officials expressing interest in the property.