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Today's News

  • Driver licenses to be renewed every 8 years

    Beginning Jan. 4, Tennesseans will be able to renew their driver license every eight years instead of five years.

    The change will include all classifications of driver licenses and identification licenses.

    The legislation to increase the renewal years was proposed during the 2015 legislative session.

  • Reappraisal woes top story of 2015

    The Roane County News editorial team, which has had a front-row seat to the developments of the last 365 days, has determined that the county’s troubled reappraisal process is your top story of 2015.

    Staff members assessed issues on the impact they have on your lives, both in 2015 and possibly in the future.

    The five-year reappraisal that was taken over by the state continues to affect you, with late tax notices mailed out just a few weeks ago.

  • Fire kindled shopping memories

    One of the biggest stories of the year had people cherishing memories of the city of Harriman’s heyday and looking to the future of the historic downtown.

    The Miller & Brewer department store building burned on Jan. 8, filling many longtime residents with nostalgia, recalling the times they shopped for school clothes and shoes for their family at the once bustling store.

    “It was a happening place back in the ’70s,” said Donnie Hall, a former Harriman resident who was one of

    many sharing recollections of the store.

  • Ice, ice baby ...

    February blew in the winter storm that never seemed to end.

    Everything began when freezing rain coated Roane County and much of East Tennessee on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 16. The storm was big enough that Tennessee Emergency Management Agency declared a state of emergency across the state.

    While the initial storm was bad, the worst was yet to come.

  • Bumpy year for brand-new treatment facility

    The first year was a rough one for Roane Academy.

    The juvenile treatment center, which opened in the Roane County Industrial Park in 2015, had multiple escapes, along with complaints from area residents and nearby businesses throughout the summer and fall.

    Escapees numbered at least a half dozen, with most being caught and either returned to Roane Academy, or sent elsewhere for treatment. One juvenile even turned himself in after escaping.

  • ARRESTS Dec. 21-23, 2015

    Dec. 21 – Keena Marie Foster, 33, 8623 Walbrook Drive Apt. 107, Knoxville: violation of probation/parole.

    • Jessie Jackson Henry, 32, 1667 Price Loop Road, Rockwood: driving under the influence.

    • Tiffany Laura Edwards, 37, 305 W. Dunn St., Rockwood: criminal trespass.

    Dec. 22 – Freddy Ray Collins, 25, 312 Tarwater Road, Rockwood: driving under the influence, driving on revoked/suspended license, implied consent license suspension.

  • Gifts For Kids
  • Legislation sought for food truck sales taxes

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is asking the county’s representatives in the Tennessee General Assembly to consider a study on the impact of traveling businesses like food trucks in a community.

    He hopes a policy group like the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations will look into it and come back with a solution to any negative impact they might have on the community.

    “We need to let the people know what the advantages and what the disadvantages of it are,” said Woody.

  • Firefighters spread Christmas cheer

    Members of the Kingston Fire Department spent the days before Christmas helping others have a brighter holiday, as they participated in two different events aimed at spreading holiday cheer.

    Early last Wednesday afternoon fire department personnel delivered toys to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville.

    Later that day, they spent time at Brookdale and Jamestowne assisted living facilities, where they enjoyed time with senior citizens.

  • Rev. & Mrs. Whittenbarger 50th

    The Rev. Ben and Becky Whittenbarger will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Dec. 31.

    The were married on Dec. 31, 1965, in Riverside Baptist Church, with Pat F. Howard officiating.

    They have been involved in Christian ministry for most of their marriage.

    The Rev. Whittenbarger pastored two Baptist churches. He last served as pastor of North Rockwood Baptist Church for 31 years. He is now involved with evangelism after retiring two years ago.