Today's News

  • Assessor hopefuls critical of incumbent

    The three candidates challenging incumbent David Morgan for the property assessor’s job let it be known that they aren’t happy with the way he’s running the office.

    Speaking at last week’s Roane County Republican Women’s forum, Danny Holloway, Sammy Sams and Molly Leggins Hartup all had critical things to say about Morgan’s performance.

  • Kingston tax filer accused of ID thefts

    Kingston police said an employee at H&R Block used the personal information of customers to steal their identities.

    Doneil Michelle Kemple, 49, was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on June 20 on four counts of identity theft, three counts of theft of property from $500 to $1,000 and one count of theft of property under $500.

    “I’m leery about ever using H&R Block again,” said Harriman resident Deborah Kennedy, one of Kemple’s alleged victims.

  • Wife of Jim Henry succumbs to cancer

    Deputy Governor Jim Henry lost his wife, Pat, to a battle with cancer.

    Pat Henry, 70, was surrounded by her family and friends at the Kingston family farm when she died Monday.

    “Pat was selfless. She spent her life devoted to her family and others and will be sorely missed,” said Gov. Bill Haslam.

    “Crissy and I are praying for Jim, the Henry family and their many, many friends across the state.”

    The Henrys were heavily involved in community activities that supported Roane County.

  • No tax increase in Kingston

    The city of Kingston will start the new fiscal year Friday with a budget in place that calls for no tax increase and a 2-percent raise for employees.

    The 2016-17 budget is $6.175 million, with anticipated expenditures of $5.339 million.

    Kingston City Council passed the budget 4-2 on second reading during its regular June meeting following a public hearing, during which no comments were made.

    The property tax rate remains at $1.45 per each $100 valuation.

  • Obed proposes campground fee hike

    Obed Wild and Scenic River is proposing to increase the nightly rate at Rock Creek Campground on Oct. 1.

    Rock Creek Campground is 6 miles from Wartburg, next to the Emory River. Renovated last year, it has 11 non-hookup sites.

    Each site has a picnic table, food storage locker, fire ring with grill, lantern hook and paved parking. A vault toilet is also centrally located in the campground. The rate per night for camping is $7, and there has been no increase in price since 1995.


    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of features based on winners of this year’s Roane County News Reader’s Choice Awards. See more about this year’s winners in the annual Reader’s Choice Awards section in today’s issue.

    It is all about service for Rodney Harback.

    His Roane Street Grill restaurant at 812 N. Roane St., Harriman, offers mouth-watering home-cooking, serving throngs of patrons every day of the week, while his other business, Eddie’s Body Shop, repairs cars as if they were never damaged.

  • What’s the SCORE?: How do you want your customers to describe you?

    A well-known observation is that a significant source of new customers for many businesses is word-of-mouth advertising.

    Keep in mind the negative side of this. Bad comments can drive away prospective customers.

    Traditional statistics are that customers tell three to five people, and dissatisfied customers tell 10 people.

    What has been the impact of the internet on this? A ten-fold increase? A hundred-fold increase?

    It depends on the size and characteristics of your business.

  • Hamilton County arrests man with stolen goods


    Harriman resident Richard S. Cofer was arrested by Hamilton County authorities on June 21, four weeks after the Roane County Sheriff’s Office descended on his property as part of a stolen goods investigation.

    Cofer, of 232 Old Coalfield Road, is charged with theft of property over $1,000 in Hamilton County.  

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective John Mayes said the arrest is connected to the stolen goods investigation.

  • ARRESTS: June 3-7

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.  
    June 3 – Richard Kyle Davis, 33, 259 Woodland Drive, Harriman: unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia, criminal impersonation other than law enforcement, driving on revoked/suspended license.
    • Jarrett Dewayne Ivey, 18, 768 Foster Road, Lenoir City: reckless driving, underage consumption, contributing to the delinquency of minor, simple possession or casual exchange.

  • Property transfers: March 14-16

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    March 14 — From Mary E. Trunk to Timmey Tuggle by warranty deed, Dist. 3, River Bend Estates, Lot 43, $117,000.
    • From Fikret Gencay and Shannon Conley Clerk and Master, to Roane County by deed, Dist. 1, Map 26F, Group H, Control M, $0.
    • From Fikret Gencay and Shannon Conley Clerk and Master, to Roane County, deed, Dist. 1, Map 26F, Group G, Control M, $0.