Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Reply to Rockwood High School students’ letter

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as there is some background behind today’s column, it might be in order to summarize that background so as to refresh the memory of faithful readers, and to acquaint new readers with the factors leading up to this week’s essay.

  • Taxes up on gas, down on groceries

    People who shop at the grocery store will soon pay less sales tax.

    As part of the IMPROVE Act, the tax on groceries will decrease from 5 percent to 4 percent on July 1.

    “To put it into perspective, if a family spends $100 on food at the grocery store, they currently pay $5 in sales tax,” Gov. Bill Haslam’s Press Secretary Jennifer Donnals said. “Starting July 1, they will pay $4 in sales tax.”

  • Watkins contract on school board agenda

    When the Roane County Board of Education meets on June 8, one of the items on the agenda is expected to be consideration of a contract extension for Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

    Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller asked that it be on the agenda for the meeting.

    Watkins has been on the job for less than a year, and Miller said he wants her to know that the board thinks highly of the job she’s done so far.

  • Monument honors women who served

    Roane County is still recovering from a powerful storm that rolled through the area Saturday night and knocked down trees and power poles, leaving thousands without electricity days later.

    “We’re still doing damage assessment,” said Scott Stout, director of Roane County Office of Emergency Services.

    According to the National Weather Service in Morristown, winds within the damage areas were estimated at 70 to 80 mph. The storms did exhibit some rotation, but no tornado paths were found.

  • Homeowners group still billing county

    Roane County is still receiving bills from the homeowners association for The Preserve at Clinch River subdivision.

    The county is also still not paying the bills.

    “Until the Commission instructs me to pay them, I will not be paying them,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Preserve at Clinch River is off Hwy. 58 in Oak Ridge.

    Roane County became the owner of some lots in the subdivision after no one purchased them at a back-tax sale.

  • Manhattan Project park to welcome new U.S. citizens

    The National Park Service and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service will partner to hold a naturalization ceremony for new United States citizens at 10:30 a.m. June 16 in American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.

    The public is welcome to witness this stirring ceremony.

    Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas A. Varlan will preside. Amanda North and Natasha Loyd from Oak Ridge High School will sing the national anthem. The Oak Ridge Police Department will provide the presentation of colors.

  • GLIMPSES: Times columnist deems us ‘thriving’

    By Mark Banker

    A photo of County Executive Ron Woody with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman appeared in a recent issue of the Roane County News.

    Readers curious about that photo should read Friedman’s provocative column, “A Road Trip Through Rusting and Rising America” in the May 24 issue of the Times.

    The good news for Roane County, our executive and greater East Tennessee is that Friedman included us among the “thriving communities [of a] rising America.”

  • From the COUNTY: Time is now to pay for new school

    In my last article, I addressed the cost of borrowing money for capital improvements, if the project were to start in 2020 and be used or occupied by 2023.

    In a recent Roane County News article, we saw that the potential project could be starting in 2018 with a projected occupied date of 2020.

    What does it mean from a financial standpoint for the asset to be occupied by 2020?

    It basically means that Roane County must start repaying our debt obligations in the 2020-21 budget.

  • To honor the FALLEN

    Terry Ward will see the names of the fallen comrades he knew from his stint in Vietnam when he joins other veterans on the Honor Air flight to Washington, D.C., in August.

    Each year Honor Air takes East Tennessee veterans to visit the memorials in honor of their sacrifice.

    “I wanted to do it since they started doing them and I heard about it,” said Ward.

    “I had a good buddy of mine I went to school with whose name is on there. He was killed his first day in Vietnam.”

    That man was Richard Patterson.