Today's News

  • Surprise — county passes fuzzy budget

    Roane County Commission passed a $129 million budget resolution Monday night with no debate.

    That came as a shock to some of the commissioners who voted to do so.

    “I guess I went to sleep at the wheel, but that’s certainly not what I had in mind,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.

    Commissioners met in the special-called meeting to adopt the budget.

  • More pile in on EMA cuts

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody isn’t the only official in favor of salary reductions in the emergency management department.

    Eight county commissioners are as well.

    Their votes at Monday night’s special-called meeting were just enough to carry Woody’s recommendation that director
    Howie Rose and assistant director Scott Stout have their salaries reduced by 9 percent.

    Woody announced the reduction in pay on Sept. 1, which was the day he took office.

  • Expo Center still losing despite cuts

    A lot of cost-saving changes have been made at the Henry-Stafford Exposition Center at Roane State Community College.

    The popular site of community events stays busy and, through the people it brings in, pumps plenty of money into the Roane County economy.

    However, on its own operations side, it’s not breaking even.

    Roane State President Gary Goff said he is projecting a deficit of between $75,000 to $100,000 in operations for the year.

  • Harriman considers cab business changes

    Harriman City Council members have discussed complaints about compettition from outside business.

     Councilman J.D. Sampson has even brought up the idea of limiting taxi businesses allowed.

    Treasurer Charles Kerley suggested a permit fee that would level the playing field, and the cab businesses with city business licenses and paying personal property tax could deduct them from and up to the amount of the fee.

    “There are some opportunities here I think to take some of the inequalities out of it,” Kerley said.

  • TJ the clown
  • MILITARY MATTERS: Tarl A. Franklin

    U.S. Army Pfc. Tarl A. Franklin recently graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    He is the son of Dixie L. Franklin of Kingston and Henry A. Franklin of San Diego.

  • Duesler turns 90

    Ruby Lee Wilson Duesler celebrated her 90th birthday on Oct. 4 with family members at Spring City Care and Rehabilitation Center.

    Duesler is the daughter of the late Pat and Easter Stephens. She is the widow of the late Aught Wilson.

    Her children and spouses are Lee Delno and Sheena Wilson, Donald Monroe and Becky Wilson, the late David Adam and the late Joyce Wilson, Wanda M. and Jimmy Pelfrey and Glenda T. and the late Warren Bishop.

    There are several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • General Sessions Court

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

    Kimberly N. Alexander, violation of registration Dec. 8, 2009. Dismissed Feb. 12, cost to state.

    Kelsi L. Currier, speeding Dec. 8, 2009. Dismissed Feb. 12, cost to defendant.

    Mark R. Daugherty Jr., violation of driver license Dec. 12, 2009. Dismissed Feb. 12, cost to state.

    Mark R. Daugherty Jr., seat belt law Dec. 12, 2009. Guilty as charged Feb. 12, convicted.

  • Jackson crowned Miss Fall Festival
  • Mr. & Mrs. Hallcox

    Clint Taylor Hallcox and Tara Lee Albright were married on May 15 in Luminary United Methodist Church, Ten Mile.

    The Rev. Louis Rouse officiated during the 1 p.m. ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Jim and Ingrid Albright of Philadelphia. She is a 2008 graduate of Midway High School.