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Today's News

  • Rockwood trio selected to all-star team

    Rockwood Middle School football players Drake Long, Brant Mitchell and Kyron Inman have been selected to be part of the first-ever Kentucky vs. Tennessee Future Stars All-Star Classic that will be played Saturday at 1 p.m. in Louisville, Ky.

    Nearly 300 players competed for a spot on the Tennessee team at the Knoxville Combine on April 24. Players were then chosen to compete on either the seventh grade all-star team or the eighth grade all-star team.

  • Real estate agent busy, but not with sales

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The phones have been ringing a lot lately at Joyce Fitzgerald’s Realty Executives’ office on Gallaher Road, Kingston.

    Fitzgerald said the increase is not because more people are looking to buy a home. She attributes it to the county’s reappraisal.

    Property owners have been calling, wanting to know if their property is really worth as much as the property assessor’s office says it is.

  • Swan Pond appraisals seem to defy logic

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency considers the TVA ash spill “one of the worst environmental disasters of its kind in history.”

    Imagine the surprise of some Swan Pond residents who received new appraisal cards from the county last month and saw that their property values didn’t decrease, but actually rose.

    “The property appraisals do not reflect at all the hardship the community has gone through,” Tom Grizzard said.

  • Devils knocked out of state tourney

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

     

    Roane Newspapers

     

    With no seniors on his roster, Harriman head coach Andy Adcox knew his Blue Devils might run into some trouble this week at the TSSAA Class A State Tournament in Murfreesboro. Adcox was right as his squad was eliminated after two games.

     

    Powerful Decatur County Riverside bested the Blue Devils 16-3 in Tuesday’s tournament opener then Nashville Christian School (NCS) ended the Blue Devils season on Wednesday, 9-4.

     

  • When did water board members step aside?

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board Chairman Harold Ishman first received word that three board members were resigning in letters dated March 26.

    Those documents, delivered to Ishman before what was to be the board’s April 26 meeting, indicated Carl Lehman, LeRoy Wilson and Dean Woodall planned to step off the board in a month, on May 26.

    They weren’t, however, the only notices he received. About two weeks later, Ishman received a second set of letters at his home.

  • Two injured when plane overshoots runway

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Two people were injured on Memorial Day when a small single-engine plane overshot a runway at Oliver Springs Airport.

    Anderson County Sheriff’s Deputy William S. Lucas identified the victims as Elizabeth Reilly Fiala, 57, and Thomas Alan Fiala, 67, both of Dickson.

    Lucas reported he met with Oliver Springs police at the airport at 320 Airport Road and saw the aircraft in a creek off the north end of the runway.

  • Keeper of the stones: Dyllis Cemetery trustee takes job personally

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    On Memorial Day, the focus is on lost loved ones.

    Bob Brannon, however, a trustee for Dyllis Cemetery, makes remembering an everyday thing.

    He long had been a dedicated trustee, but since the death of his wife, Jeanette, in 2006, he’s there practically daily.

    “I do it because I’m 79,” Brannon said. “I have nothing else to do in the summertime besides this and feeding my cat,.”

  • Ishman, Nuckols get OK to sign workers' checks

    By CHERYL DUNCAN

    cduncan@roanecounty.com

    Monday was the scheduled payday for the 34 employees of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas.

    Due to the Memorial Day holiday, they won’t receive their paychecks until Tuesday.

    A day’s wait is a welcome relief, however, for many of the workers who worried last week they wouldn’t receive their pay at all because of the believed disbandment of Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board.

  • Farmer skeptical of reappraisals

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Executive Mike Farmer said he shares the pain many property owners are feeling.

    The reappraisal upped the value on his home from $336,500 to $482,500.

    “There’s a lot of things that make it very difficult for county officials as well as property owners in Roane County to understand the information about the reappraisal,” Farmer said.

  • Old jail plan nice, but ohhhhh! the price

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The plan sounds good.

    The price doesn’t.

    Commissioner James Brummett said that was his impression of a re-use study for the old county jail.

    The cost to renovate the building was estimated at $696,056.

    The price tag, according to SpiritArchitecture’s Scott Rozanski, assumes that the project would go out for bid in July. 

    “I wouldn’t recommend putting that kind of money in it at this time,” Brummett said.