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Today's News

  • Certified tax rate ‘60 days out, at best’

    The fiscal year for Roane County ends on June 30.

    When the county might adopt a budget for the new one is still unclear.

    “We’re not going to be able to adopt a budget in June,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “We know that.”

    That hasn’t stopped county officials from moving forward with the requirements to set a budget for the 2015-16 fiscal year.

    A public hearing on the proposed budget is scheduled for Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Roane County Courthouse in Kingston.

  • Rockwood budget work put on hold

    Rockwood officials will likely operate the city on a continuing budget rather than pass first reading of a budget by July 1 for the 2016 fiscal year.

    Rockwood City Council was to consider Thursday a first reading of a budget presented by Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Miller, however, decided to change course because of the uncertainty of the new certified tax rate with the ongoing countywide reappraisal.

  • Schools will be able to hire

    Roane County Schools has positions that need filling for the 2015-16 school year. With the start less than two-and-a-half months away, the Roane County Board of Education voted 7-0 to lift the hiring freeze for essential positions during a special-called meeting on Wednesday.

    The freeze was put in place earlier this year because of the school system’s budget crisis. The crisis has not been solved, but Director of Schools Gary Aytes said some of the job openings are critical enough that the system needs to start trying to get people in place.

  • Harriman tennis courts may find new life as a small practice ballfield

    It’s easy to blink and miss an old, worn set of tennis courts in South Harriman.

    Situated next to Drack’s Track, the ballfield at Harriman Police Department, the fields never got a lot of use and are now in disrepair.

    Councilman Wayne Best suggested a new use for them: Revamping them into a small practice field area for warm ups between games at the bustling ballfield.

    “The process is going to be fairly simple and fairly straighforward ...” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • A big welcome to Kingston

     

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers
    New Kingston Library Director Steve Parrott, center, is welcomed to the community by Roane County Board of Education Member Vic King, right, and his wife, Nancy. The Kings were among those who had a chance to meet the new director during a Thursday open house.

  • SUPREME DECISION: Watchful eye on same-sex ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s much-anticipated decision on same-sex marriage is expected sometime this month. Tennessee doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage so everything would probably stay the same if the court upholds the state law.  

    However, a ruling against the law would likely mean that two people of the same sex could walk into any courthouse in the state and get a marriage license.

  • DCS worker fired after assault charge

    Tom Hogan lost his job with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services following his arrest for an alleged domestic assault in Asheville, N.C.

    “I understand that he was sent a termination letter on May 13, 2015,” DCS spokesman Rob Johnson said.

    Hogan, who has a Harriman address, was arrested by members of the Roane County Sheriff’s Office on May 13. Sheriff Jack Stockton said Hogan was wanted by the Asheville Police Department for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

  • Obstacles in cleanup keep maze in place

    Roane County may make progress this month in the cleanup of the old Miller & Brewer building site and demolition of remaining structures on that block.

    However, progress doesn’t mean people should look for falling buildings and heavy equipment just yet.

    County purchasing agent Lynn Farnham recently told Harriman City Council they were set to open bids June 4, but that doesn’t mean someone will be out there starting work on June 5.  

  • Roane school employees retire

    Roane County Schools said goodbye to 28 employees during a retirement reception Wednesday.

    Those who are leaving include:

    • Linda Bailey, transportation, 29 years.

    • Elizabeth Borum, Harriman High, 14 years.

    • Flo Bowman, Ridge View Elementary, 22 years.

    • Mary Byrd, Oliver Springs High, 30 years.

    • Gena Cates, Ridge View Elementary, 13 years.

    • Lesha Clark, Bowers Elementary, 32 1/2 years.

    • Laura Dailey, Roane County High, 30 years.

  • County raises still in budget, just smaller

    The Roane County Budget Committee considered recommending a 3-percent raise for employees, but opted for a 1.5-percent increase in its final proposal.

    Register of Deeds Sharon Brackett said she’s not surprised the proposed raise got reduced.

    “The employees are always the last people that they take care of,” she said. “Sorry to say, but it’s the truth.”

    Brackett was first elected register of deeds in 2006. Prior to that, she was an employee in the office.