Today's News

  • Don’t look for tax bills yet

    It could be several more weeks before people receive their new property tax bills in the mail.

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said he can’t provide the information to Trustee Wilma Eblen until the County Board of Equalization finishes holding hearings and makes decisions on whether to change or uphold the property values of those who have appealed.

  • Second same-sex divorce filed in Roane courts

    Another same-sex divorce case has been filed in Roane County Circuit Court. This one involves two women.

    Robin Lynn Engala is seeking a divorce from Beverly Ann Gambill.

    “The marriage of the parties is irretrievably broken due to irreconcilable differences which have arisen and exist between the parties,” states the complaint, which was filed on Sept. 21.

  • School calendar talks to start up soon

    The 2016-17 school calendar still has not been set.

    It wasn’t on the agenda for this month’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    When asked about it after the Sept. 17 meeting, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he would try to get the discussions on next year’s calendar started soon.

    “We’ll try to set that up,” Aytes said. “That’s a good point.”

  • Man, 31, charged in case in which teen reported missing

    Police said a 14-year-old girl was dropped off at her home earlier this month by a 31-year-old man after she had been reported missing.

    The man, identified as Brendon Seth Luffman of Harriman, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    The minor’s guardian reported her missing on Sept. 14.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Rockwood Police Department went looking for the juvenile.

    Police said she was dropped off by Luffman after the search started.

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  • Wendell’s Diner fare tops in magazine guide

    It’s no secret to folks in Roane County that Wendell’s Diner in Midtown has some of the best burgers around.

    Now people outside of Roane County are finding out. Wendell’s Diner was recently tabbed in Garden & Gun Magazine’s “Guide to the South’s Best Burgers.”

    “We’re very proud of this,” owner Wendell Ruppe said. “We don’t even know how we got nominated. We don’t know if they had someone come in or if someone nominated us, but this is great.

  • Chamber unveils new Web presence

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce has worked for many years to offer new ways to grow area businesses.

    One of those ways is through a newly designed, more interactive website that provides more opportunity for members and the community to engage in ways never before possible.

    The website — www.RoaneChamber.com — is now up and running.

    “With the dependence our society has on digital communication, the way the Chamber serves its members must also change,” said Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

  • The Bridge at Rockwood earns national accreditation

    The Bridge at Rockwood has achieved 2015 accreditation as a skilled nursing facility actively performing Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement activities.

    “We couldn’t be prouder of our team of caregivers for the compassionate, quality care they work so hard to offer, which is reflected by this accreditation,” said Kathy Owens, chief nursing officer for Signature HealthCare, parent company of The Bridge at Rockwood.

  • Chilly weather heats up business for Starnes

    Roane Countians who depend on wood stoves for heat and the chimneys they’re connected to now have a place to turn to for service, products and answers — and just in time for cold weather.

    Jody Starnes turned his passion for wood stoves and chimneys into a career, opening Starnes Chimney Sweeps Woodstoves and Patio Store in Kingston.

    He’s a chimney sweep who sells and installs chimney inserts and wood stoves.

  • Roane law enforcement agencies awarded grants

    Eight Tennessee Highway Safety Grants have been awarded to law enforcement agencies in Roane County.

    The grants will be awarded to promote public safety on Tennessee roads and curb drunk driving.

    “These awards are very important to our local law enforcement agencies,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    “They will be put to good use in keeping our roads safer.”