Today's News

  • School board mulls longer breaks for fall, spring

    The Roane County Board of Education wants more time before voting on the 2015-16 school calender.

    Two options are under consideration. The one that’s referred to as a balanced calendar includes a two-week break in the fall and a two-week break in the spring.

    Two-week fall and spring breaks haven’t been included in past calendars, but school officials said a survey showed that a majority of employees are in favor of the balanced calendar.

  • County says no to East Roane Dollar General

    Last week, commissioners heard what a proposed East Roane County Dollar General Store might generate for the county in tax revenue.

    “Between $60,000 to $80,000 a year,” Dollar General representative Melissa Ballard said at the Jan. 12 meeting.

    That wasn’t enough to convince a majority of commissioners to rezone a 3-acre piece of property for the project.

    Opponents applauded when the request failed 9 to 6.

    “I ain’t selling out that community for five jobs,” Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said.

  • Kingdom Heirs sing for fire dept. benefit
  • Williams no longer at Roane Alliance

    Darrell Williams posted on his Facebook page last week that he was fired from his job at The Roane Alliance.

    A phone call to a number listed in his name went unanswered.

    “He’s no longer employed at The Roane Alliance,” Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell said of Williams.

    Creswell declined to further comment.

    “We can’t comment on human resource issues,” he said.

    Williams spent nearly five years with The Alliance, which is the county’s economic development organization.

  • County behind board on TVA permit altering

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has been directed by Roane County Commission to write a letter to the state expressing the Commission’s support of the county’s Environmental Review Board’s position on TVA’s permit modification.

    TVA is seeking the modification to store dry fly ash at its landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The landfill currently takes dry gypsum.

  • Harriman fire chief grateful for community support

    People come together during tragedy, and Harriman has seen firsthand how true that is this month.

    An emotional Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss expressed a lot of gratitude for the reaction the city received when a fire destroyed the Miller & Brewer department store building on Jan. 8.

    “Just the way people came together … I was born across the river, and I am proud to be part of Harriman,” Goss said tearfully.

  • Little strip, big headache for Harriman

    Harriman officials are looking for legal help to deal with a new lawsuit dealing with annexation proceedings from more than a half century ago.

    Retired attorney Gerald Largen rattled the city’s cages when he filed litigation last month to declare 1950s annexations as null and void.

    “We do need legal representation on this,” confirmed Mayor Chris Mason last week.

    “I initially contacted Sandy McPherson on this because he does know municipal law,” the mayor said of the longtime Kingston city attorney.

  • Tensions rise at assessor’s

    Charles Laxton doesn’t care for how property assessor David Morgan is doing his job.

    Laxton let him know it on Wednesday.

    Laxton could be heard slamming the door and giving Morgan a piece of his mind throughout the courthouse.

    As a result, he was escorted out by the sheriff’s office.

    Here’s how Morgan described the incident:


    The need for cooperation between fire departments was made clear recently by two major Harriman fires — one massive, the other fatal.

    Many area fire departments rolled out to help with the Jan. 8 inferno that razed the downtown Miller & Brewer building, and then again at Monday’s Margrave Street fire that killed a 65-year-old woman.

    That kind of mutual aid between departments is common at larger, more complicated fires.

    A closer working relationship may soon emerge between Kingston and Harriman fire departments, however.

  • Meadows quits Plateau board

    After three months on the Roane County Commission, Darryl Meadows decided he doesn’t have time to continue serving on the Plateau Partnership Park Industrial Development Board.

    He resigned from the board last month.

    “I talked to (Roane County Executive) Ron (Woody) and said, ‘Hey, it may be best if I just step aside and let someone do it that has the time,’” Meadows said.

    Meadows, a former Rockwood city councilman, was elected to a District 1 commission seat last August. His four-year term began Sept. 1.