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Today's News

  • The Henry Center youngsters spend Halloween with Spider-Man

    Children at The Henry Center had a Halloween treat from neighboring Warehouse Furniture, which displayed a large jack-o’-lantern and had Spider-Man as special guest.

    Children visiting with their new superhero friend include, from left, Opal Morris, Bella Williams, Keeley Cleveland, Sam Segatto, Ta’Naya Scandlyn, Zailyn Dyer, Cadyn Newman, Preston Pugh, Walter Poland, Jake Edwards, Tom Evans, Bryson Brackins, Karissa Vanover, Ally Freels, Zayden Vanover, Jaxon Armes, Anaya Patel, Braelyn and Tamara Foley.

  • School to mark 50 years

    Ridge View Elementary School, Rockwood, will have its 50th anniversary open house celebration during the Rockwood Christmas Tour of Homes on Dec. 6.

    The event will be from 1 to 6 p.m. in the school at 625 Pumphouse Road.

    “Rockwood 2000 is including them on the home tour ticket,” said Regina Durham of Rockwood 2000. “They will have a gingerbread display as part of the celebration.”

    She added, “You do not have to have a home tour ticket to take a tour of the school,” which will be open to the public.

  • Rockwood homes open to public on holiday tour

    The public is welcome to experience the joy of Christmas during the two-day Rockwood Christmas Tour of Homes.

    The tour, from 1 to 6 p.m. Dec. 6-7, is hosted by Rockwood 2000.

    Rockwood’s Christmas Home Tour has been synonymous with Rockwood for more than 20 years.

    Ticketholders will have access to beautifully decorated homes and a horse and carriage ride.

    There will also be a gingerbread house display, carolers, shopping at downtown businesses, holiday refreshments and Santa Claus.

  • Boy Scout Troop 101 to start annual tree sale on Nov. 28

    Kingston Boy Scout Troop 101 will begin its annual Christmas tree sale at 1 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Gravel Pit shelter of Kingston City Park.

    Tree sales will continue all trees are sold or until Dec. 23.

    Trees offered for sale this year will come from Roan Mountain.

    Proceeds from the tree sale support the Scouts in their camping, outdoor activities and service to the community.

    Troop 101 has provided hundreds of hours of community service this year, with five completed Eagle Scout projects in the area.

  • Tubists put ‘oom-pha’ in Christmas

    The Babahatchie Community Band will present Harriman’s 26th annual Merry TubaChristmas concert at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 6 in Harriman High School’s James M. Williamson Auditorium.

    Registration begins at 9:30 a.m., with rehearsal at 10.

    The tuba/euphonium choir under the direction of Sande MacMorran will perform carols and songs of Christmas in a free public concert.

    Tuba/sousaphone and euphonium/baritone players of all degrees of ability are welcome to participate in this event.

    Call Dr. Joseph Williams at 882-3446 for details.

  • Reappraisal trouble creates scramble

    Officials were not happy to learn that trouble already is looming over Roane County’s 2015 reappraisal.

    In a Nov. 10 letter to Property Assessor David Morgan, the director of assessments and field operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments expressed doubts about the assessor’s office ability to complete an acceptable reappraisal program on time.

  • Changing reappraisal cycle may not be option

    Counties in Tennessee are allowed to reappraise on four-, five- or six-year cycles.

    Roane County is on a five-year cycle, and its next reappraisal is slated for 2015. Because of the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office apparent inability to conduct the 2015 reappraisal on time, there have been discussions about going to a six-year cycle, which would give the county more time.

    That may not be a good idea for a several reasons, however.

  • Ash spill workers’ lawsuit dismissed

    All along, Jacobs Engineering Group contended it was entitled to the same immunity granted to contractors in the litigation over the TVA ash spill. Chief U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan agreed and dismissed a lawsuit that accused Jacobs of lying to ash spill cleanup workers about the safety of fly ash.

    “The court finds that derivative discretionary immunity applies here,” Varlan ruled. “Thus, plaintiffs’ claims will be dismissed.”

    Varlan’s order applies to three cases and affects more than 50 plaintiffs.

  • Concert aims to help school system

    This weekend, two Harriman High School alumni will team up with their bandmates to support the local school system.

    Hillbilly Jedi will be at the Princess Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22. The band includes Steve Collins and Mark Ray, both of whom graduated from Harriman High School in 1977.

    “I just hope it is going to be a lot of fun. We have been excited ever since we found out we were going to get to do it. We are going to see people we haven’t seen in a long time,” said Ray.

  • Tax problems close Big E’s

    Several Roane County businesses belonging to Rockwood’s Eddie Lee have been seized by the state for allegedly failing to pay state taxes.

    Signs on the closed businesses popped up this week. They read: “Warning: Tennessee State Government Seizure, This property has been seized for nonpayment of Tennessee state taxes by virtue of a levy issued by the Department of Revenue, Tax Enforcement Division .... All persons are warned not to remove or tamper with this property in any manner.”