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Today's News

  • County Commissioner Greg Ferguson arrested

    Roane County Commissioner Greg Ferguson was arrested Monday night for DUI. As of 10:30 p.m. he was still in custody at the Roane County Jail.

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said Ferguson, 59, was arrested by the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    “I don’t know the circumstances,” Stockton said. “The captain of the patrol division called and told me that THP had arrested one of our commissioners.”

  • 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.

  • Mom asks for police shooting video release

    The mother of a man shot by a sheriff’s deputy is challenging authorities to release video of the incident.

    “My son did not do this, and until they show that film, I don’t believe it,” Doris Powers said. “If what they’re saying is true, why not release it and let the public see it?”

  • County picks up tab on cleanup of Harriman’s Miller & Brewer site

    Roane County is reimbursing the city of Harriman for nearly $100,000 in costs incurred cleaning up the old Miller & Brewer building. That’s because Roane County owns the property, according to Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

    “It went to them by default,” Mason said.

    The property on Roane Street in downtown Harriman was offered as part of a county back tax sale last year. When no one bid on the property, the clerk and master entered a bid on behalf of the county, which the law requires.

  • Board approves school calendar

    The first day of school for the 2015-16 school year is set.

    The calendar approved by the Roane County Board of Education last week has students starting the new school year on Aug. 10.

    The board had been considering two calendar options for the 2015-16 school year.

    The one referred to as the “balanced” calendar included a two-week break in the fall and a two-week break in the spring.

    The board picked the traditional calendar, however, which includes the customary one-week break in the fall and a one-week break in the spring.

  • American Legion post has rich history

    American Legion Post 232 in Harriman is one of only a few predominantly African-American posts in the state.

    Bronce Cleveland, who is district commander, said the post started in 1947.

    “Our forefathers formed this American Legion back in the Jim Crow days. We had black regiments and white regiments,” said Cleveland.

    “We tried to join, but we were turned down,” said post commander Greg Love of African-American’s previous attempts at joining American Legion posts in those early days.

  • Man in trouble for shooting gun around children

    A Clinton man faces charges in Roane County for allegedly shooting a gun inside a home with children present. Christopher Scott Braden, 32, is charged with aggravated assault, four counts of reckless endangerment and three counts of possession.

    Last week’s incident happened at 887 Old Harriman Hwy. Roane Sheriff’s Deputy Kyle Canup said Braden was carrying a black bag in the driveway when he responded to a call about shots fired at the residence.

  • 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.

  • State taking over Roane property reappraisals

    Updated, with additional quotes

    Roane County's upcoming property reappraisal is now out of the hands of the man who pledged to lower them on the campaign trail almost three years ago.

    Over Property Assessor David Morgan's pleas for his office to continue to work on the appraisals, the State Board of Equalization voted unanimously Thursday afternoon in Nashville for the state to take over the task.

  • No school in Roane County on Friday

    It's an even two weeks for Roane County students.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes made the call late Thursday morning to close schools on Friday due to the added snowfall East Tennessee received overnight.

    The school system has one more snow day remaining after Friday. Aytes said he hopes students can return to class on Monday.