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Today's News

  • Part 2: Property assessor Q&A

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County has one of the highest property tax rates ($2.72) in the area. Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said the Roane County Commission will be required by law to decrease the tax rate this year because of the reappraisal. However, that does not mean everyone in the county will be paying less taxes. Kirkham explains how that’s the case in Part 2 of a question and answer session with the Roane County News.   

    How will some people end up paying more if the tax rate is decreased?

  • Roane County's Manson link seeks release

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    If high school yearbook quotes are supposed to tell something about a person, Bruce Davis’ was quite fitting.

    “An angry young man,” reads the quote accompanying his senior picture.

    That would prove true for Davis later in life.

    The 1961 graduate of Roane County High School was a member of the murderous Charles Manson Family. The cult went on a violent killing spree in California in 1969. Their victims included actress Sharon Tate.

  • Roane State Expo Center safe, for now

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    It was on the chopping block, but the Henry/Stafford East Tennessee Agricultural Exposition Center at Roane State Community College is now safe from budget cuts.

    While the college faced substantial cuts, officials were able to make some smart changes.

    “Even with all the budget cuts, I want to make sure we still offer a quality education,”  Roane State President Gary Goff said.

    The college had funding cuts of $1.33 million.

  • Emory happy for warmer weather

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    As the weather outside has warmed up, more and more people are making their way to play a round of golf and those making the trip to Emory Golf Club in Harriman are noticing some subtle changes that are making for a nicer experience on the links.

    "Our main focus has been the greens, but overall we're trying to improve everything," course manager David Moore said. "We want to make this a family friendly place where people can come and enjoy playing."

  • Lady Tigers stop Midway

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    For the first time in five years, the Midway Lady Green Waves felt the sting of a District 3-A defeat when the Rockwood Lady Tigers got a tough 3-0 win Wednesday at Midway.

    Rockwood did beat Midway once four years ago in the district tourney at Greenback, but no one had knocked off the Lady Waves in a regular season district contest since five years ago when CAK accomplished the feat.

  • Audit targets Oliver Springs officials

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Improper dental insurance coverage and the city manager’s personal charges on an Oliver Springs credit card were all listed in a letter announcing a state’s investigative audit from July 2009 to March 2010.

    The letter was from Dennis Dycus, director of the Division of Municipal Audit.

    Three Oliver Springs officials were the main focus of the audit by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasurer.

  • Deputy's car involved in Sunday accident

    By DAVID DOONAN

    ddoonan@roanecounty.com

    A routine county prisoner transfer turned into a two-vehicle accident Sunday morning.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, a Roane County Sheriff's Office patrol car driven by Deputy Dustin Hensley, was transporting two prisoners from Rockwood to the Roane County Jail on Hwy. 27 in front of Walmart when a pickup driven by Craig Johnson of Spring City pulled out onto the highway into the path of the patrol car.

  • Devils down Midway, 14-6

    By BROWNIE ROSE

    Roane Newspapers

    The Harriman Blue Devils stayed in the thick of the District 3-A regular season race following a 14-6 win over Midway Monday evening at Papermaker Park in Harriman.

    Harriman scored early and often, pulling out to an 8-0 lead after two innings, and then held off the Green Waves.

  • Rockwood to pull board health insurance

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A pricey perk that was once an option for members of Rockwood City Council and some of the city’s other boards and commissions is being eliminated.

    Rockwood City Council approved a resolution Monday night prohibiting health insurance benefits to members of council, boards, commission or authorities elected or appointed by the mayor or city council beginning July 1.

    Currently the city is paying approximately $325,000 for insurance benefits citywide.

  • Q&A on property-tax reassessments

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Property is reappraised every five years in Roane County.

    This year’s might prove more contentious than years past.

    “It may be the crucifixion for me,” Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said. “That’s what I’ve called it.”

    Some in the community have expressed dismay with her declaration that property values have increased in Roane County. The following is Part 1 of a question-and-answer session between Kirkham and the Roane County News.