Today's News

  • OUR OPINION: Kirby Delauter won’t go nameless in this newspaper

    I’m not the resolution kind of gal, but I made one this year:

    I’m going to write more newspaper columns.

    That’s good or bad, depending on your stance. Heck, it’s good or bad depending on my stance, because sometimes life gets in the way of sitting down to a blank page and knocking out prose that you hope will give someone pause or a smile.

    I’d been toying with a column idea for a few days. It’s a lament I share with friends every year, but I haven’t ever put it into the written word.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ringing out the old, ringing in the new

    After our holiday hiatus, we begin our new series of weekly columns with a bit of looking back at the year past, mixed with a bit of looking forward to the year present and coming on.

    First, on a purely personal note, despite some setbacks and less than perfect developments, 2014 has on the whole been for us a splendid year.

  • Getting, spending grants tricky biz

    Experienced city officials know that securing state and federal grant money is competitive business.

    They also know that if they are lucky enough to land one, the strings that come with it can complicate spending the money.

    When the Kingston City Council met this week, both aspects of the grant process were up for discussion.

  • Woody issues warning for year ahead

    Whether it’s the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office or the state, the 2015 reappraisal will get done.

    Property owners might not like the results, however.

    “You could have a reduction in the value of your home and pay more taxes without a tax increase, because it’s an equalizing process, and it shifts,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It’s shifted to the lakefront communities, and it’s probably going to shift away from them for a while.”

  • Reappraisal crisis deepens

    The county got another warning letter from the state this week about the reappraisal.

    This one, from Kelsie Jones, executive secretary for the State Board of Equalization, warns Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan to comply with the required actions specified in a Division of Property Assessments memo by Feb. 13.

    If not, “the board must direct DPA to take such measures as will assure compliance with legal requirements for reappraisal with the county being responsible for the full cost,” Jones wrote.

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  • TVA asking customers to reduce electrical use during Wednesday cold snap

    The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for a voluntary reduction in electricity use until Thursday afternoon as a result of frigid temperatures causing high demand across the Southeast.

    The request extends to all electric power consumers – residential, commercial and industrial customers.

    The voluntary reduction will help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout TVA’s seven-state service territory and avoid interruptions of service.

  • Arrests: Oct. 28-Nov. 7, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Oct. 28 — Timothy Allen Aslinger, 37, 364 Half Moon Road, Oliver Springs: violation of probation/parole, burglary, theft of property $1,000-$9,999.

    • Michael Allen Graham, 39, 412 W. Wheeler St., Rockwood: driving on revoked/suspended license, DUI.

  • State seeking environmental stewards

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation welcomes Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2015 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

    The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment.

    “It is important to recognize the Tennesseans who help keep our state’s air, land and water healthy because these efforts make our communities stronger,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.