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Today's News

  • Prepare for county property tax increase

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Aunt Tessy is an imaginary figure Roane County Executive Mike Farmer often invokes when discussing property tax issues.

    She was on his mind again Wednesday.

    “Aunt Tessy is going to have to pay more taxes if this budget’s passed,” Farmer said.

    The county’s budget committee voted 3-1 to approve a request by Sheriff Jack Stockton for 12 additional full-time jailers. The cost for those new positions is $550,243.  

  • HEAT may be disbanded in favor of industrial board

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Members of the Harriman Economic Advisory Team may get a new role.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he would like to see the large committee disbanded and some of its members used as a pilot Harriman Industrial Board.

    Such a move might enable the city to do things it cannot currently, such as offer tax incentives and other breaks for industries interested in Harriman.

    “They don’t have a purpose right now,” Mason said of HEAT members.

  • One killed in Friday crash west of Rockwood
  • Respected leader Paul Goldberg has died

    By Terri Likens tlikens@roanecounty.com Paul Goldberg, a longtime Roane Countian whose influence was felt well beyond Roane State Community College where he rose to vice president, has died. Goldberg was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer last year.

  • School-needs plan cut to $32 milion

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Board of Education reached a unanimous decision on another building plan during a special-called meeting Thursday.

    The price tag is $32 million, $15 million less than what the school board previously asked for.

    It’s still an amount the Roane County Commission may not be willing to fund this year. To do so would require a large property tax increase, one even greater than the nearly 12-cent hike that’s being proposed to run the new jail.

  • Harriman officer out after domestic assault in Kentucky

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A Harriman Police Department sergeant tendered his resignation less than 24 hours after a May 20 altercation in Kentucky landed him in jail.

    Steve Alcorn notified Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle of his resignation on the evening after the incident that was described as “horrific” by an officer with the arresting law-enforcement agency.

    “He’s no longer an employee,” Heidle confirmed Friday morning.

  • Watts wins in Rockwood, Beets, Hepler retain seats

    In unofficial returns Tuesday night, James L. Watts will be Rockwood's new mayor, Troy Beets held on to the mayor's office in Kingston, as did Chris Hepler in Oliver Springs.

     

    Peggy Evans will become the first woman elected to the Rockwood City Council, leading all other candidates in the voting. Joining her on the council will be Bill Thompson and Stan Wassom.

     

    On the Harriman City Council, winning candidates were incumbents Lonnie Wright, J.D. Sampson and Chase Tedder, as well as C.M. Buddy Holley.

     

  • Congresswoman to hold ash spill meeting in Kingston

    A Texas Congresswoman is coming to Kingston Sunday to learn more about the TVA ash spill.

    She is inviting the public to tell her all about it.

    U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson is chairman of the of Sub-Committee Water Resources & Environment, which is under the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    It is in that capacity she will be holding a town hall meeting from 4-6 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center Sunday, June 7, acording to her office.

  • New mayor for Rockwood, first woman elected to council

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    jraymond@roanecounty.com

    James Watts will take the reins in Rockwood as mayor on July 1, when current Mayor Mike  “Brillo” Miller’s term will end.

    Watts, a current councilman, sought the seat along with John Sublett and Calvin Trew.

    Watts took 362 votes, Sublett had 232 and Trew had 77.

    Watts said he was humbled by the results.

    “I’m thankful for the voters in Rockwood having the confidence in me,” he said.

  • Johnson could get an earful on TVA disaster

    By TERRI LIKENS

    tlikens@roanecounty.com

    A Texas Congresswoman is coming to Kingston Sunday to learn more about the TVA ash spill.

    She is inviting the public to tell her all about it.

    U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson is chairman of the of Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, which is under the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

    It is in that capacity she will be holding a town hall meeting from 4-6 p.m. at the Kingston Community Center Sunday, June 7, according to her office.