Today's News

  • Lights, gates going up at deadly crossing

    Crossing lights and crossing gates are due to be installed this week at the site where two young people died when their vehicle was struck by a train in 2014.

    “Roane County and Norfolk Southern are coordinating their efforts. Norfolk Southern has notified us that they plan to begin construction on approximately Dec. 8,” said Mark Nagi, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman.

    Nagi said the county will be installing signs, paving and providing pavement markings while Norfolk Southern will install signs, lights, gates and bells.

  • Fence up at Roane Academy

    Omni Visions has followed through on its commitment to put a perimeter fence around Roane Academy.

    “I’m really glad to see that they’re doing what they said they would do,” Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said.

    Omni Visions has a contract with the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services to house Level 3 male juveniles at Roane Academy, which is in the Roane County Industrial Park.

  • Wait continues on cause of death

    There is still no news on the cause of death of a South of the River man found outside a home on Hilltop Drive last month.

    Sheriff Jack Stockton said authorities are waiting on blood work and other information on Wesley Colyer’s cause of death.

    “He wasn’t beaten or abused or anything like that,” Stockton said. “If anything happened, it would have to be internally.”

    Colyer, 49, was supposed to stay the night at the home, the sheriff said. A friend found him outside the next morning.

  • School chief search to kick into gear

    Roane County Board of Education Chairman Darrell “Drack” Langley has put together a director of schools search committee.

    The group consists of himself and fellow board members Vic King, Sam Cox and Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    Current Director of Schools Gary Aytes announced over the summer that he does not plan to seek an extension on his contract, which is set to expire on June 30, 2016.

    The board hired Aytes in 2012 to replace Toni Mc-Griff, who retired.

    Cox was on the committee during the 2012 search for a director.

  • Harriman and Rockwood hold steady so far

    Property tax notices may be going out next week after months of delays because of difficulties that have arose from Roane County property reappraisals.

    “The printer just sent me an email that said they are starting our printing now, so I would think it will be early next week before they are mailed,” said Rockwood City Administrator Becky Ruppe on Friday afternoon.

    This year the state came in to take over the reappraisals from Property Assessor David Morgan’s office.

  • Tax bills coming this week?

    Roane County property tax bills could be on the verge of hitting the mail.

    “I was told that Local Government would run a final file to send to the printer today,” Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said Friday. “Once this file is approved, all tax cards for the county and cities will be printed. I would anticipate that tax bills will be mailed out early next (this) week.”

  • Officials hold out hope for CVMR

    Canadian company CVMR clarified its position on Friday about a proposed relocation to the Roane County portion of Oak Ridge.

    In a two-page letter addressed to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Chairman and CEO Kamran Khozan indicates his company could still have a facility in the area one day.

  • Big CVMR move to Roane County questioned

    Kamran M. Khozan, the chairman and CEO of CVMR, disputed reports that said his company has decided not to move its global headquarters to Oak Ridge.

    “The report is not correct,” he said by email Wednesday. “We will release a formal statement tomorrow to correct the misunderstanding.”

    The Roane County News was not provided with the statement by presstime Thursday.

  • Kingston latest to feel tax bill delay

    Kingston residents will finally be getting their property tax bills in the mail, after several months of delays.

    Currently, according to city officials, surplus funds are being depleted as the city waits for property tax revenues to roll in, and only about $900,000 is available. That amount would only cover about three months of operating fees.

    However, Wednesday afternoon, Kingston’s Financial Director Carolyn Brewer was notified that the notices were ready, and she said they would be mailed out “no later than the first of [next] week.”

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