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Today's News

  • Trustee’s office open last Saturday for tax payments

    Business has been slow this month at the Roane County Trustee’s Office, which is odd since this is one of two months the county receives most of its property tax revenue, according to officials.

    “That property tax comes in basically two times a year,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It comes in December and it comes in February.”

  • Rockwood sewer repair bid less than $1 million

    The Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board took steps Tuesday to expedite emergency sewer line repairs.

    In a special-called meeting, the Board voted to approve a contract with Sevierville-based Adams and Sons Inc. to repair a sewer line that had failed Jan. 14. At the time of the break, Water Sewer and Gas General Manager Kim Ramsey estimated it might cost over $1 million for repairs, but bids for the project came in under that amount, she said.

    The Adams and Sons bid is $897,859.

  • READY TO RECONNECT

    For Carol Davis, it’s never too late to continue education.

    That is why Davis, who has raised her children as a working mom, hopes to finally attain that associates or bachelors degree thanks to Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to offer last dollar scholarships to adult students so they can attend community college for free.

    “I actually want to go back in business administration. My goal is to go back for a bachelor’s degree or associate’s. I think it would better my pay,” said Davis.

  • State admits Roane Central testing error

    Roane Central Utility Board thought it was in noncompliance for a byproduct of disinfection of drinking water in the last quarter of 2016, but further review has shown it was not in violation.

    Blaming it at first on an August sample, the total trihalomethanes was calculated at .082 milligrams per liter, which exceeds the maximum contaminant level of .080 milligrams per liter set for this parameter.

    TDEC has noted they miscalculated, however.

  • Midway senior arrested for threatening to 'shoot up school'

    A Midway High School senior was taken into custody late Thursday afternoon for allegedly threatening to "shoot up the school."

    A Roane County Sheriff's Office report identified the 18-year-old as Houston Knight of 935 Laurel Bluff Road, Kingston.

    A joint statement released by Sheriff Jack Stockton and District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Knight was arrested "in connection with an online posting allegedly making a false report of a threat" to the high school in the South of the River area of Roane County.

  • Midway rolls over Rockwood in 3A action

    By Michael Lindsay
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The Midway Green Wave played spoiler on senior night in Rockwood, sweeping the Tigers in both games. The Lady Waves won by a score of 48-42, followed by the boys holding on in a 52-50 contest.
    Midway 48,Rockwood 42:  A strong start was huge for Midway in their road victory at Rockwood, as the Lady Waves held on to win 48-42. This win guarantees Midway will be playing in the 4-5 game in the district tournament.

  • Crusaders beat Seahawks in OT for first place in district

    In front of a packed house last Monday night at Calvary Baptist gym, a battle was brewing. The division leading Calvary Crusaders were set to battle the Seahawks of Cedarview for the first place spot. The game lived up to all the hype of an epic battle and was decided in overtime. 
    The opening tip went to the Seahawks for a quick bucket. That was the beginning of what would be a high scoring affair.   

  • Yellow Jackets buzz Sequoyah Chiefs on senior night

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets capped off their regular season with a resounding bang on Monday night, generating a 61-37 win in the girls game on the strength of 20-plus point efforts from Riley Guillemet and Abby Wilson, while the Kingston boys scored a convincing 76-58 victory.

  • RSCC splits weekend games with Volunteer State, Motlow State

    The Roane State Community College basketball teams the Raiders and Raiderettes split conference conference games with Volunteer State CC and Motlow State CC over the weekend and will travel to Cleveland State Wednesday night.
    On Friday, the Raiderettes defeated Vol State 61-53, while Raiders won 76-64, but Saturday, the Raiderettes lost 68-59 to the Lady Bucks and the Raiders were beat 71-60 by the Bucks.

  • Smoot denied new trial

    Defense attorney Bob Jolley cited more than a dozen reasons why convicted murderer Shawn Smoot deserved a new trial.

    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks wasn’t persuaded by any of them. He denied the motion on Monday.

    “The court has examined those and finds that they do not rise to the level necessary to grant the defendant any relief in this matter,” Wicks ruled. “Therefore, the court hereby denies the defendant’s motion for a new trial.”