Today's News

  • Rockwood looks to keep $1 tax rate

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller didn’t want to see the city’s tax rate dip below $1 per $100 valuation.

    The new certified rate was very close to that, at 99.29 cents on each $100 of taxable property.

    The Rockwood City Council recently passed first reading of an ordinance to levy a $1 per $100 valuation property tax rate.

    “You cannot exceed that (the certified rate) unless you go through the process of a public hearing,” said Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew.


    Gov Bill Haslam has three people to consider for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge job.

    The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments met Friday and decided to nominate all three candidates who applied – Walter Johnson, Porsche Shantz and Jeff Wicks.

    “All three will go to the governor,” Council Chairwoman Cheryl Rice said following the meeting.

    E. Eugene Eblen has been the criminal court judge in the district since 1978. He plans to retire on Dec. 31.

  • Don’t look for tax bills yet

    It could be several more weeks before people receive their new property tax bills in the mail.

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said he can’t provide the information to Trustee Wilma Eblen until the County Board of Equalization finishes holding hearings and makes decisions on whether to change or uphold the property values of those who have appealed.

  • Second same-sex divorce filed in Roane courts

    Another same-sex divorce case has been filed in Roane County Circuit Court. This one involves two women.

    Robin Lynn Engala is seeking a divorce from Beverly Ann Gambill.

    “The marriage of the parties is irretrievably broken due to irreconcilable differences which have arisen and exist between the parties,” states the complaint, which was filed on Sept. 21.

  • School calendar talks to start up soon

    The 2016-17 school calendar still has not been set.

    It wasn’t on the agenda for this month’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    When asked about it after the Sept. 17 meeting, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he would try to get the discussions on next year’s calendar started soon.

    “We’ll try to set that up,” Aytes said. “That’s a good point.”

  • Man, 31, charged in case in which teen reported missing

    Police said a 14-year-old girl was dropped off at her home earlier this month by a 31-year-old man after she had been reported missing.

    The man, identified as Brendon Seth Luffman of Harriman, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    The minor’s guardian reported her missing on Sept. 14.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Rockwood Police Department went looking for the juvenile.

    Police said she was dropped off by Luffman after the search started.

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  • Roane law enforcement agencies awarded grants

    Eight Tennessee Highway Safety Grants have been awarded to law enforcement agencies in Roane County.

    The grants will be awarded to promote public safety on Tennessee roads and curb drunk driving.

    “These awards are very important to our local law enforcement agencies,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    “They will be put to good use in keeping our roads safer.”

  • Hall’s Dime Store first of problem buildings to go

    The last remnants of Harriman’s Hall’s 5-10-25-Cent Store came down Thursday morning after the majority of the building was torn to the ground Wednesday.

    The 519 Roane St. structure is in the same block as the former Miller & Brewer store, which was gutted by fire on Jan. 8. Hall’s, which sold a mish-mash of items, was known for its candy counter.

    “As kids, we all went there for fresh candy out of the old wood and glass counters,” said Blake Kirkland. “My mom went there as a child also.”

  • Judge hopefuls interview Friday

    The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments is still planning to meet today – Friday – in the Raider Room at Roane State Community College to interview the people who applied for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge position.

    The meeting is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

    E. Eugene Eblen has held the seat since 1978. He’s planning to retire at the end of the year.

    Jeff Wicks, Walter Johnson and Porsche Lyn Shantz have applied to takeover the position once Eblen steps down.