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Today's News

  • A BETTER VISION

     

    KAITLIN KEANE/Roane Newspapers

    Joe Williams with the Harriman Lions Club tests the eyes of Enrique Roman at Ridge View Elementary Monday. The Lions Club holds free annal vision screening in all Roane County schools.

  • Proposed tax hike goes to vote tonight

    The property tax rates that have been proposed for the 2014-15 fiscal year include an additional 9 cents requested by the Roane County Board of Education.

    Whether the increase goes through remains to be seen, however.

    The Roane County Commission meets today – Monday – at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

    Resolutions to set the tax rates and budget for the fiscal year are on the agenda.

    The commission is the funding body for the school system.

  • Judge lawsuit gets day in court

    Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit has been scheduled for trial on Oct. 8 in Roane County Chancery Court.

    McFarland, who had served as county attorney until Sept. 1, waged an unsuccessful campaign for circuit court judge in the Aug. 7 election.

    He later filed a lawsuit against the winner, Mike Pemberton.

    The Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins are also named as defendants in the lawsuit.

  • All tanked up and headed home
  • Noise issues may tie in with beer licenses

    Rather than a full-frontal assault with a new noise ordinance, Kingston City Council members have decided to bring noisy nightspots in line by hitting them where it hurts: through their beer licenses.

    Beginning in 2012, complaints arose concerning a couple of bar/restaurants off West Race Street.

    Residents of the nearby neighborhood said the noise coming from the establishments — which often feature live outdoor music on their patios during spring and summer months — kept them awake at nights, when the patios were in full swing.

  • Kingston ‘agin’ county sales tax hike

    If Roane County Commission is considering a sales tax hike at its Sept. 8 meeting, Kingston City Council members have gone on record with their opposition to it.

    “I’m agin it; I’m agin it; I’m agin it,” said Kingston Mayor Troy Beets at the council’s Sept. 2 work session.

    His quote, he said, was nicked from the late Knoxville grocer and politician Cas Walker.

    Roane County Commission has no power to raise the county’s sales-tax rate to 2.75 percent.

  • Collett declares write-in Rockwood candidacy

    Ray Collett has a rough row to hoe if he hopes to win a seat on Rockwood City Council in November.

    The former council member decided to be a write-in candidate for the race after the deadline had passed for submitting qualifying petitions to be in on the ballot.

    “I know it is not going to be easy,” said Collett, who said he was convinced to seek election after he’d received several phone calls and emails asking him to run.

    He’s undaunted, though.

  • Area players competing in Oakdale hoops league

     

    By AARON HARVEY

    Roane Newspapers

    The third week of the high school basketball league being played at Oakdale has been completed and the class of the league so far has been established.

  • Cherokee comes up short against Spring City

     

    The Cherokee Middle School Yellow Jackets put forth their best effort, but at the end of the night on Tuesday, the Jackets were a two-point conversion away from having a chance to beat the Spring City Bulldogs in a 14-12 loss at Nat Sugarman Memorial Field.

  • RMS downs Midway for first win, 44-14

     

    The Rockwood Middle School Tigers picked up their first win of the season and they did so in style Tuesday evening as Scott Harvey’s squad downed visiting Midway at Civitan Field, 44-14.