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Today's News

  • Big day for Bowers
  • New monument to be added at Riverfront Park

    Veterans and their loved ones took time out on the Memorial Day weekend to remember those from Roane County who served their country.

    On Saturday, Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park was ablaze with red, white and blue around the War Memorial fountain.

    American Legion Post 53 adjutant Cliff Cole announced the newest plans for expansion.

    “We have started our Korean War Memorial,” said Cole.

    “We have begun the journey. I hope the journey is not as long as it was for Vietnam (War Memorial),” Cole continued.

  • OS High principal retiring

    Oliver Springs High School will have a new principal next school year.

    Principal Jeff Woods is retiring.

    “We kept trying to talk him into staying,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “He’s a super individual. We’re certainly going to miss him.”

    Aytes said Woods has been at Oliver Springs High School for 30 years. He took over the principal’s job there in 2004.

    “Mr. Woods is a great guy,” Board of Education Member Sam Cox said. “I hate to see him retire.”

  • TVA Swan Pond auction in July

    J.P. King of Gadsden, Ala., is handling the auction of TVA properties in Swan Pond.

    The TVA board of directors approved the auction of 62 parcels along Emory River Road earlier this month.

    TVA acquired the properties following the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill at the agency’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    Ric Perez, a senior vice president of shared services for TVA, told the board that TVA staff is convinced returning the parcels to private ownership is the best thing to do.

    The 62 parcels cover about 77 acres. Twenty-three have houses on them.

  • OS water rate hike likely

    Oliver Springs water customers may be paying more this summer.

    The Oliver Springs Board of Aldermen met in a budget workshop recently and discussed what they said was a necessary raise in rates.

    “We are looking at 15 percent,” said Mayor Jerry Vann. “Probably down the road, it will have to go up more.”

    Vann said Oliver Springs water customers have not had a rate increase in a few years.

    “They should have been going up about 2 percent every year,” he added.

  • 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.

  • SUPREME DECISION: Watchful eye on same-sex ruling

    The U.S. Supreme Court’s much-anticipated decision on same-sex marriage is expected sometime this month. Tennessee doesn’t recognize same-sex marriage so everything would probably stay the same if the court upholds the state law.  

    However, a ruling against the law would likely mean that two people of the same sex could walk into any courthouse in the state and get a marriage license.

  • Out to Lunch: Second visit to 2 Chef’s too good to pass up

    “Alice Sweeney and Barbara Carmack Plemons asked me today why you haven’t written about 2 Chef’s Deli in Kingston.”

    My wife, Carol, confronted me with those words after she had returned from playing cards with one of her bridge groups that includes Alice and Barbara.

    “They eat there often and say the food is really good,” Carol added, even though she knew I had written about 2 Chef’s some time ago.

  • Not too Shabby at White Owl: New digs, better parking for Kingston boutique

    The Shabby White Owl Boutique & Gift Shop has a new home in a shared space with Rosemary’s Florist, Kingston.

    It’s a big undertaking for Annette Leamon, who opened her shop of popular women’s clothing, handbags and accessories last year.

    “I just wanted to try something different in the area,” said Leamon. “There are so many great vendors out there with very updated and trendy clothes. I just go to them and pick out what is cute and trendy.”