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Today's News

  • From cotton picker to college president – a lecture

    Shirley Raines of Oak Ridge has an amazing story to tell.

    Now president emeritus of the University of Memphis, she will describe her career and provide advice on leadership at the third in a series of Roane State Community College-Oak Ridge Institute for Continued Education Intergenerational Lectures.

  • How can the county’s property reappraisal affect your taxes?

    By Kaley Walker • For Roane Newspapers

    Roane County is currently going through our five-year property reappraisal.

    What this means is the Property Assessor and the state of Tennessee are looking at and reappraising (revaluing) each property in our county.

    The end result of this is a new property value on which the tax rate will be applied.

    Your property value could go up, could go down, or even could stay the same.

  • Twirling DOLLS

    A Roane County woman wants to put a fresh spin on an old sport.

    Kristie Bowman, an instructor who leads the baton-twirling group Rock Dolls, hopes to make the activity big again. She’s working on it with a group of graceful young girls.

    “I started when I was 4 years old,” said Bowman. “I went on up through high school and then there wasn’t really much to do (twirling) here.

    “Most everyone thanks me because there is nothing to do in Roane County for kids,” she added.

  • Meth maker gets 8 years

    A man arrested for making meth around his 6-year-old son was sentenced to eight years in prison last week.

    Christopher Michael Raby pleaded guilty in Roane County Criminal Court to initiating the process to manufacture meth, attempted aggravated child abuse and child neglect.

    He was sentenced as a Range 1 standard offender, which means he only has to serve 30 percent of the time before he’s eligible for release.

  • Supporter gives David Morgan praise

    Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis said she believes Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan has been treated unfairly, and she let the Roane County Commission know at last week’s meeting.

    “He has been working very hard,” she said. “His office has been working hard, and I have to say with both hands tied behind his back by the County Commission, particularly some on the County Commission.”

  • Retiring Roane principals recognized

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Dyllis Springs Elementary School Principal Gwendolyn Johnson and Midway Middle School Principal Nadine Jackson are retiring at the end of the school year.

    “They’ve been two fixtures in Roane County for a long time,” Aytes said.

    “We’re going to miss them. They’re not only great administrators, but they’re great people.”

    Aytes said the retirements were no surprise.

  • Teachers of year honored
  • Student says Middle College impacts his class ranking

    Oliver Springs High School student Brandon Buck hopes to become valedictorian one day, but he’s concerned his participation in the middle college program at Roane State Community College may have him at a disadvantage.

    He addressed the issue with the Roane County Board of Education last Thursday.

  • Oliver Springs football hosting Lift-A-Thon

    The Oliver Springs High School football team will be hosting a Lift-A-Thon event to help raise money for the 2015-16 football season with new head coach Larry Green. The team is looking for money to help rebuild the program which includes providing equipment, food, transportation and other player necesities. The event will take place April 27-May 1 at Oliver Springs High School. On Friday, May 1, the team will hold a cookout for people to meet the 2015-16 players and coaches.

  • Kingston’s McCoig completes hat trick to pick up win against Oliver Springs

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets soccer team scored six goals on Tuesday night to defeat Oliver Springs, 6-1. Zach McCoig completed the hat trick for Kingston, recording the first three goals. Carson Heidle, Andres Guerrero and Colin Haba each added additional goals. Marcus Miller was responsible for the Bobcats lone goal.