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Today's News

  • ROANE REAPPRAISSAL BLUES

    Keith Gibson, the area appraisal supervisor for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments, asked Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan to provide a specific report on July 31.

    Nearly five months later, Gibson said he had yet to receive the report from Morgan.

    Gibson and Area Appraisal Manager Jess Conway said that’s one of the reasons the state has been unable to determine Roane County’s progress on being ready for the 2015 reappraisal.

  • Prosecutor’s office monitors meeting

    A prior commitment kept District Attorney General Russell Johnson from attending Monday’s Roane County Commission meeting about the county’s reappraisal.

    However, he sent Assistant District Attorney Generals Terry Stevens and Joe Caldwell instead.

    Last month, the Director of Assessments and Field Operations for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Division of Property Assessments sent Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan a letter expressing doubts about Morgan’s ability to complete a timely reappraisal.

  • DAR gives blast from the past

    Fort Southwest Point Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution members, from left, Regent Susan Wann, Connie Williams and Barb Wasilko helped bring an atmosphere of the past to Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point during the annual Christmas candlelight tour last weekend.

    Members wore period costumes and treated guests to cookies baked with recipes from the 1700s.

    Colonial brown sugar, pine-tree shillings, hobnails, apple jacks, tea cakes and molasses cookies were among the confections offered in the fort’s visitors center.

  • Church Calendar: Dec. 21-24

    SUNDAY, DEC. 21
    • Kingston United Methodist Church will offer a “Service of the Longest Night: Light in the Midst of Darkness” beginning at 8 p.m. in the sanctuary of the church at 212 W. Church St. The service is designed to help those who find the holidays difficult to get through and those who have experienced the death of a family member or close friend, divorce or a job loss. Contact the Rev. Sue Lynn Johnson at sljkumc@comcast.net or 376-6337 for details.

  • Scandlyn leading Carols and Lessons for St. Anthony’s

    Thomas “Tom” Scandlyn of Harriman will be organist and provide lead vocals for the Carols and Lessons planned for Christmas Eve at St. Anthony’s Anglican Church.

    The service will begin at 7:30 p.m. CST in the church at 9828 Hwy. 70 East, Crab Orchard.

    Scandlyn, a St. Anthony’s parish member, is organist for a number of area churches. He has agreed to put together a list of carols specifically for St. Anthony’s, said John Moore, the church’s junior warden.

  • Kelly new Riverside pastor

    Riverside Baptist Church, Harriman, recently welcomed the Rev. Greg Kelly as its new pastor.

    Kelly, a native of Roane County, began his pastoral duties at Riverside on Nov. 1.

    He is married to the former Julie Guettner of Kingston, and they have two children, AnnaLauren and Jackson.

    Kelly is a graduate of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, holding a Master of Divinity in pastoral care.

    He also holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

  • Sweet rewards for gingerbread house winners

    Ridge View Elementary School kindergartners in Sharon Evans’ class took top honors with their entry in Rockwood 2000’s gingerbread house display and contest.

    Classes and individual students created gingerbread houses to be displayed during the school’s 50th-anniversary open house celebration, which was part of the annual Rockwood Christmas Home Tour.

    Rockwood 2000 awarded the classroom a $100 gift card for the students’ accomplishments.

  • RSCC campuses close for holidays

    Roane State Community College campuses will be closed Dec. 20-Jan. 3 for the holidays.

    The college will reopen on Jan. 5, and spring classes will begin on Jan. 20.

    The Cumberland Business Incubator on the Cumberland County campus, will be closed Dec. 24-26 and Jan. 1.

    Registration and other self-service options are available through the Roane State website, www.roanestate.edu.

    For more information, visit www.roanestate.edu or call 1-866-GO2-RSCC (1-866-462-7722).

  • TNStars cited as a top savings plan

    TNStars College Savings 529 plan has been recognized as one of the top direct-sold plans in the nation.

    TNStars is a program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury.

    It is ranked as the No. 2 plan in the country, according to SavingForCollege.org, which recently released the top 10 direct-sold 529 plans in the nation based on one-year performance rankings as of Sept. 30.

    The achievement is particularly notable because not only is the TNStars plan is only in its third year, but it has quickly risen to the top of its class.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘Solid South’ promises painful future

    In the days of our youth, there were two expressions that one quite frequently heard, one was “The Solid South”, and the other was,” The South Will Rise Again!”