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Today's News

  • Mayor vows to hold Rockwood tax rate, unless ...

    Rockwood leaders are scheduled to have first reading of the city’s 2015-16 budget at a meeting at 6 p.m. May 28.

    Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller said he’s still tweaking the budget he’ll present to Council that day.

    One thing he doesn’t plan on messing with is how much money the city gets in property tax.

    “Our tax rate is $1. It will not go above that unless our appraisals come in and says to get the same amount we had last year we’ll have to be above that,” Miller said.

  • Tax hike for sheriff’s office? It all depends on who you ask

    Officials aren’t on the same page about the proposed budget for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    Last month, Sheriff Jack Stockton told the Roane County News his budget won’t require an increase in the property tax rate.

    County Executive Ron Woody disagrees. He said the sheriff’s budget that was approved by the budget committee includes a 1-cent increase in the rate.

    “We didn’t ask for any tax increase on our budget,” Stockton told the Sheriff’s Liaison Committee last week.

  • Sip coffee, climb with a ranger on the Obed June 6

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have two programs on June 6.

    Join National Park Service rangers for a free cup of coffee and informational session at Lilly Bridge from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    The Climb With a Ranger program will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning at Lilly Bridge.

    The park will provide all gear for rock climbing. Those participating should bring drinking water and sturdy footwear.

    The Climb with a Ranger program is an excellent introduction to rock climbing for individuals who have always wanted to try the activity.

  • Church Calendar: May 30-June 13

    SATURDAY, MAY 30
    • Central Baptist Church, Kingston, will celebrate its 50th anniversary with two days of festivities. A special focus will be on military veterans who have fought for freedom to worship. Music and refreshments are planned from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the front lawn of the church at 245 Bailey Road; those attending are asked to bring a lawn chair or blanket. The 11 a.m. Sunday worship service will focus on veterans; lunch will follow. Call 310-2854 for more information.

  • Ragle offers up Christian comedy

    Christian comedian Jamey Ragle talks family and the physical calamities of getting old to a roomful of people recently at Kingston Community Center.

    Ragle’s routine was a preview of Re:Ignite 2015, a three-day service at Kingston’s Impact Church on Decatur Hwy.

  • Vacation Bible School 2015

    Clymersville Baptist
    “Journey off the Map” is the vacation Bible school theme at Clymersville Baptist Church, Rockwood. Classes for preschoolers through adults will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. May 31-June 3 in the church at 662 Clymersville Road.

  • Harvey Memorial Singing to help with OS museum

    A number of area singers will be featured this weekend during the annual C.S. “Sonny” Harvey Memorial Gospel Singing.

    The singing will begin at 6 p.m. May 30 in the former Beech Park gymnasium on Butler Mill Road, Oliver Springs.

    Featured singers include Crimson River, Pastor Robbie Leach, Eternal Life, Pastor Garvan Walls and Joyce Vespie Weaver.

    The annual singing benefits an Oliver Springs association while honoring the memory of Harvey, a longtime Oliver Springs businessman, community and civic leader who died in January 2013.

  • Property transfers: Aug. 18-20, 2014

    Property deed transfers in Roane County:
    Aug. 18
    ― From Fannie Mae Federal National Mortgage Association to Michael R. Warren by warranty deed, Dist. 3, Century Acres lot 6, $100,850.

    • From Robert G. Craddock to Linda Marie Choate and Loftin Douglas Gerberding by warranty deed, Dist. 3, .47 acres, Euclid Avenue/Cemetery Road, $100,850.

  • Pavilion Society awards scholarships to 6 at RCHS

    Six Roane County High School graduates of 2015 are recipients of scholarships awarded by The Pavilion Society Charitable Foundation Inc.

    “All the applicants were worthy of a scholarship, and it was difficult making the final selection,” said Jean S. Sinclair of The Pavilion Society.

  • Fort lessons for Midway students

    Don Lawrence, Fort Southwest Point’s resident Cherokee, speaks with a group of Midway Elementary School third-graders during a program earlier this month.

    Lawrence explained the Cherokee’s role in the history of the fort, and Mike Woody led the group through a tour of the fort buildings.

    The children were taught about life as a soldier stationed at the fort around 1799.

    Members of Kingston’s Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, dressed in their Colonial attire, greeted the children.