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Today's News

  • County's white house won't be appraised

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The property assessor’s office has spent a lot of time appraising property this year.

    One property that didn’t get appraised was a small white house adjacent to the new jail.

    “We won’t appraise it because it’s county-owned property,” Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said. “Anytime the county or city buys a piece of property, it comes off the tax roll.”

    When the property was on the tax roll, it was appraised at $99,000.

  • Rockwood council member dies weeks after taking husband’s seat

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Judith “Judy” Owings Wassom, a longtime community advocate who succeeded her late husband, Stan, on Rockwood City Council only four weeks ago, has died.

    She was 67.

    Wassom, a Roane County High School English teacher by profession, was found unresponsive in her Rockwood home Sunday by her son-in-law, J.J. Neerman. Despite efforts to resuscitate her, she was later pronounced dead at Roane Medical Center.

  • Tigers take down Bobcats, 7-1

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Spring break allowed for a rare early afternoon day game Wednesday as Rockwood hosted Oliver Springs. The early start time turned out to be much to the Tigers liking as Jake Witter's squad rolled to a 7-1 victory over the Bobcats.

    Rockwood didn't have one big inning Wednesday, but rather four small frames as the Tigers scored runs in four of their six trips to the plate.

    Rockwood's first three runs came in the bottom of the first inning.

  • Relay for Life breakfast in Rockwood Saturday

    First Presbyterian Church at 429 W.

  • TVA survey reveals bass aplenty

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

     

    If TVA’s sport fish survey of Watts Bar Lake is any indication, anglers competing in next week’s Bass Federation National Championship should have plenty to catch. 

    The first two stops Wednesday morning yielded dozens of largemouth bass.

  • Shooting really case of self-defense?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Man reportedly shoots intruder armed with a hatchet.

    A clear case of self-defense right?

    Maybe not — in one Roane County case.

    More than a year has past since authorities said Donald Goldberg told them he shot Steven Dishman in self-defense.

    The agency conducting the investigation has yet to close the Casey Road case.

  • Strong pitching leads Bobcats past Tigers

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    Roane Newspapers

    Oliver Springs pitchers Cruise Smith and Cary Gann were on top of their game Monday evening as the Bobcat right-handers each hurled a one-hitter past Sunbright in a doubleheader played at Arrowhead Park.

    Smith took the mound first and fired a four-inning one-hitter with seven strikeouts past the Tigers. Smith's performance was part of a dominating 11-0 victory for the Bobcats.

  • Service dog may ease trials of autistic boy

    By CINDY SIMPSON    

  • Rarity Ridge owes more than $500,000 in back taxes

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Mike Ross earned a reputation as a major player in the upscale real-estate market, thanks to his line of Rarity developments.

    Much was expected when Ross decided to bring one, Rarity Ridge, to Roane County.

    But instead of fulfilling his tax obligations to the county, Ross’ companies have been corporate deadbeats. Oak Ridge Land Co. LLC, whose registered agent is Ross, has not paid its 2008 property taxes on 433 pieces of property.

  • Land values rising -- blame the media

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said people should blame the media if they are disappointed when new tax appraisal notices start arriving in the mail.    

    “The news media has made it so negative that we’re all in this economic decline and everything is going south and no property values are increasing,” Kirkham said.