Today's News

  • Roane Master Gardeners honored


    DAMON LAWRENCE/Roane Newspapers
    The Roane County Commission recognized the Master Gardeners during its regular meeting on July 11. A resolution was passed in their honor during the meeting. The presentation includes, from left, Master Gardeners Maureen Leavitt, Steve Bryant, Maureen Bryant, Jean Lofaso, Russ Fuja, Lisa Deutsch, Bobbi Heneisen, University of Tennessee Extension Agent Jessica Wilkinson and Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • From Austria to Oak Ridge: Changing the world with a secret

    I was born and spent my first 17 years in Vienna, Austria. My mother tongue was, of course, German, and my foreign languages consisted of two years of French and six years of Latin. No English!

    When I joined the American branch of my family in Philadelphia, Pa., at the age of 17, it didn’t take me too long to realize that I could not expect to ask any local gal for a date in German. So I had a powerful incentive to crash-learn the “new” language of English as fast as I could.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Uniforms don’t always produce uniformity

    Last week’s shooting by police, and of police, brought to the fore once again the nation’s seemingly never-ending trauma arising from the troubled relationship betwixt the negro and Caucasian races that has existed since the first days of the colonies in the early 1600s.

  • Pregnant woman dies in Harriman house fire

    A pregnant woman died in a house fire in Harriman late Tuesday night on Clifty Street.

    Lindsay Carter, 23, was inside the two-story home when it caught fire and was unable to exit to safely, according to a release from the City of Harriman.

    Harriman emergency responders responded to the 502.5 Clifty St. fire around 11 p.m.

    TBI is assisting the State Bomb & Arson and the Harriman Fire and Police Department’s with the ongoing investigation.

    For more information, look at Friday's Roane County News.

  • ‘Good budget’ official with no tax hike

    It’s official now: Property tax rates in Roane County will not increase for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

    The Roane County Commission voted unanimously during Monday’s regular meeting to keep the rates the same.

    “It’s a good budget with no tax increase for the citizens of Roane County,” Commissioner Stanley Moore said.

    The rural property tax rate will remain $2.575 per $100 valuation.

    The rate in Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood will stay at $2.515.

  • Watkins looking forward to building on successes

    July 1 marked a change for Roane County Schools.

    Leah Rice Watkins took over as director of schools, replacing Gary Aytes, who retired on June 30.

    Watkins said she appreciates the welcome she’s received from the community so far.

    “I look forward to serving them and working to grow the school system and continue the good works that have been started,” she said.

    The Roane County Board of Education picked Watkins in April to succeed Aytes. Her four-year contract started on July 1 and expires on June 30, 2020.

  • Roane lawmen get big support

    Before adjourning Monday night’s Roane County Commission, Chairman Ron Berry took some time to pay homage to local law enforcement.

    “I think it’s an appropriate time for us to say thank you to our police departments, our sheriff’s department, for the way that they’re handling things in Roane County,” Berry said.

    The commissioners and those in the crowd then stood to their feet to applaud.

  • ‘Who we are, what we do and how we do it’

    Michael Dunn Center recently added three new board members, Beth Stubbs, Sandy McPherson and Suzie Jones Clay, and those members spent a day last week going through a two-part orientation.

    The first part was in a classroom, while the second part was touring the facility and some of the homes in the community.

    “Who we are, what we do, and how we do it,” that’s what Michael Dunn Center President and CEO Mike McElhinney said was the main thing being taught to the trio.

  • Harriman Council hopefuls want to attract business

    Three candidates for Harriman City Council attended a recent candidate forum at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park.

    Shauna Hines, Tim Johnson and Tyler Manning all shared their perspectives on how to bring industry and business to Harriman and other city needs.

    “We need jobs,” said Hines.

    She said she also believes the city needs more for children to do, because it will keep them out of trouble and away from things like drugs.

  • Oliver Springs OKs $1.98 million budget with no tax hike

    Oliver Springs officials recently passed the town’s budget for 2016-17, just in time for the new fiscal year which began July 1.

    The $1.98 million budget does not include a tax increase, said Mayor Cecil Crowe.

    “With a lot of time and effort, we were able to manage [proposed expenditures] and not given anyone an increase,” he said. “Everyone worked hard, and we were able to get a balanced budget.

    “I applaud everyone who helped make this possible.”