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Today's News

  • Roane gets recycling grant

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Division of Solid and Waste Management has announced approximately $531,820 will go toward the purchase of recycling equipment to help reduce landfill waste in Tennessee.

    That includes $25,000 for Roane to go toward a $100,000 sorter line.

    Recycling equipment grants may be used to purchase key equipment for new recycling programs, improve and expand the operation of existing systems, or prepare recyclable materials for transport and marketing.

  • Zoning change attempt gets pushback

    Residents have to wait until January to hear the Roane County Commission’s decision on a controversial rezoning in East Roane County.

    Although it was on this month’s agenda, commissioners postponed the vote at their Dec. 8 meeting.

    William and Joanna McCarroll have asked that their property at 4709 Kingston Hwy. (Hwy. 70) be rezoned from developing agricultural to rural business.

    The Dollar General chain is planning to build a store there if the property is rezoned.

  • TDEC fines trucking company for unapproved air contaminant source

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation fined Rogers Group Inc. $750 last month for operating a generator without a valid permit.

    According to TDEC, the generator was installed at the Rogers Group’s Roane County facility on Quarry Road in 1999.

    “The respondent (Rogers Group) took ownership of operations of this facility in July 2008, which included a nonpermitted air contaminant source (non-emergency generator),” the order said.

  • ROANE REAPPRAISSAL BLUES

    Keith Gibson, the area appraisal supervisor for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments, asked Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan to provide a specific report on July 31.

    Nearly five months later, Gibson said he had yet to receive the report from Morgan.

    Gibson and Area Appraisal Manager Jess Conway said that’s one of the reasons the state has been unable to determine Roane County’s progress on being ready for the 2015 reappraisal.

  • Prosecutor’s office monitors meeting

    A prior commitment kept District Attorney General Russell Johnson from attending Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting about the county’s reappraisal.

    However, he sent Assistant District Attorney Generals Terry Stevens and Joe Caldwell instead.

    Last month, the Director of Assessments and Field Operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments sent Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan a letter expressing doubts about Morgan’s ability to complete a timely reappraisal.

  • Obed on tap for program

    The unique Obed River gorge of the Cumberland Plateau will be discussed during a 6:15 p.m. Dec. 17 program in The United Church, The Chapel on the Hill, at 85 Kentucky Ave., Oak Ridge.

    Interpretive Ranger Veronica Greear will discuss the Obed Wild and Scenic River, notable for its biodiversity, supporting a diversity of ecosystems that are unique to this river system.

    Following the presentation, the Obed Wild and Scenic River’s Visitor Center film: The Obed: Find Yourself Here award winning short movie will be shown.

  • Avery Trace DAR cites McMaster for her work

    Avery Trace Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution recently honored Marla “Jill” McMaster for her outstanding contributions both nationally and to the Roane County community.

    The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution’s American History Committee sponsors a Women in American History recognition award and encourages each to select a notable woman from its state or community to honor.

  • RSCC recipient of almost $ 1 million in training grant

    Roane State Community College is among the key organizations across the state that has been awarded funding through the Labor Education Alignment Program.

    The program is a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.

    Roane State was awarded $970,000 as part of the program.

  • Williams new DAR genealogy consultant

    Connie Williams, a member of Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, recently completed requirements to become the chapter’s genealogy consultant.

    DAR genealogy consultants must complete three units of the organization’s Genealogical Education Program.

    The first unit, Introduction to Genealogy Research for DAR Applications, consists of lessons in evaluation of evidence, vital records, Census records, state and local records, federal records, family and parochial records, and DAR records.

  • Yager new to Dunn Center board

    State Sen. Ken Yager, left, is the newest member of the Michael Dunn Center board of directors.

    He is welcomed to the board by Michael Dunn Center President and CEO Mike McElhinney, center, and Jim Pinkerton, board chairman.