Today's News

  • Tax hike for sheriff’s office? It all depends on who you ask

    Officials aren’t on the same page about the proposed budget for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    Last month, Sheriff Jack Stockton told the Roane County News his budget won’t require an increase in the property tax rate.

    County Executive Ron Woody disagrees. He said the sheriff’s budget that was approved by the budget committee includes a 1-cent increase in the rate.

    “We didn’t ask for any tax increase on our budget,” Stockton told the Sheriff’s Liaison Committee last week.

  • OS kids shine in ventures

    Timothy Mallett, Ashley Handy, Dallis Parsons and Matthew Charles, all eighth-graders at Oliver Springs Middle School, were recognized at last week’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    Mallett and Charles were honored because each made a perfect score on the math portion of the ACT Explorer


    “For those of us that have never experienced that, that means they did not miss a question,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “That’s a really high accomplishment.”

  • Ferguson’s second civil suit dismissed

    General Sessions Court Judge Jeff Wicks wasn’t taking any chances this time.

    On Friday, he signed a suit that dismissed Discover Bank’s civil action against Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.

    Wicks wanted it to be known that the dismissal was due to an agreement between Discover and Ferguson.

    “At the request of plaintiff (Discover), this matter is dismissed without prejudice,” Wicks wrote on the suit Friday.

  • Property values drop about 6 percent

    The 2015 reappraisal is still not complete, but officials have an idea how much property values are down in Roane County compared to 2010.

    “The last data I have reflects about a 6 percent,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    There was widespread talk that properties were way overvalued during the 2010 reappraisal and the county could see as much as a 30-percent drop this year. Woody said the 2015 numbers he’s seen so far don’t bear that out.


    The swirling waters of the Emory River are slowly eroding the supports at the Lon Mee Bridge on Pansy Hill Road.

    Harriman city officials are seeking a federal grant in hopes of taking counteractive measures.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Highway Bridge Scour Plan of Action Report from April 2014, the bridge is “scour critical.”

  • Youngsters admire diplomas
  • Judge seat to be on 2016 ballot?

    The Ninth Judicial District criminal court judge wasn’t supposed to be on the ballot next August, but that could change.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen said Monday that he plans to retire at the end of the year.

    If that happens, it could trigger a chain of events that includes a gubernatorial appointment and a special election in August 2016 to fill out the term.

  • Patriotism through song
  • Kingston to rebid greenway amenities

    Some highly anticipated upgrades to Kingston’s Ladd Landing Greenway are moving forward, but how the project will shake out is still unknown.

    The addition of an array of amenities at the greenway is being rebid after the sole bid in the first round was well above what Kingston had budgeted.

    Councilman Tony Brown was especially outspoken on the project at a Kingston City Council meeting this month.

  • Old papermill buildings going down

    Harriman officials decided against keeping several buildings at the former papermill property.

    “If we decide to keep any of the buildings in the future ... if we (later) decide to demolish them … it would be our responsibility,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt.

    Removing all the old buildings now would place the costs on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Mead Westvaco cleanup, which is ongoing at the property.

    Earlier this year, the EPA asked the city for guidance on what to do with a few of the buildings.