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Today's News

  • County honored for sewer extension

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody recently accepted an award on the county’s behalf during the East Tennessee Development District’s annual awards banquet.

    The banquet, attended by more than 130 East Tennessee elected officials and ETDD staff members, was July 14 in the Museum of Appalachia in Norris.

    Roane County was cited at the banquet for completion of a sewer line extension project along South Pine Ridge Road.

    The recently installed sewer line will serve 35 households in the Pine Ridge Road area.

  • Tilley completes Farm Bureau Boot Camp

    Roane County Farm Bureau member Whitney Tilley was among 14 farm and ranch women leaders recognized by the American Farm Bureau Federation as graduates of the organization’s 10th annual Women’s Communications Boot Camp in Washington, D.C., last month.

    The group of agricultural leaders was recognized after completing an intensive three-day course featuring sessions on working with the media, public speaking, testifying and messaging.

  • Lion Kings, Roane version

     

    Jerry Turbyville, left, president of the Harriman Lions Club, and Rick Ross, president of the Kingston Lions Club, were recently appointed to their new roles.
     

  • It’s football time for Roane County teams

    No more jamborees, scrimmages or two-a-day practices, as it's finally high school football time in Roane County.
    Thursday night marks opening night in Roane County, as Rockwood heads South of the River for an in-county clash with Midway. Friday night will feature another county rivalry game, as Kingston visits Harriman.

  • Mayor, Council pay may almost double

    Harriman City Councilman Kenyon Mee hopes successors to the city’s elected posts will take home more money for their service.

    That’s why the outgoing Council member pitched an ordinance to raise the salaries of Harriman’s mayor and City Council members.

    “This is comparable, if anybody wants to know, to other cities and the county,” said Mee.

    Harriman City Council approved first reading of the ordinance, which proposes raising the monthly salary of the new mayor from $175 to $300 a month.

  • Rosado denied parole on five-year sentence

    Tammy Ellen Rosado was denied parole last month.

    That means the 47-year-old Roane County woman will spend more time behind bars for her voluntary manslaughter conviction in the death of James Cobb.

    Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards prosecuted Rosado for the state. He accompanied some of Cobb’s relatives to Rosado’s parole hearing.

    “We all kind of said our side of it, trying to convince the parole officer to deny her parole, and he agreed,” Edwards said.

    “We were happy with it.”

  • Harriman rounds up its tax rate

    The first reading of the Harriman budget for the fiscal 2017 year includes rounding up the property-tax rate from $1.2197 per $100 valuation to $1.22 per $100 valuation.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley said a taxpayer with a $100,000 appraised-value home will pay 7 cents more on the tax rate, while a home with a $200,000 appraised-value will pay 15 cents more.

    Councilman Wayne Best said the city is keeping its tax rate low, but that means the city is limited in what it can do.

  • REPRESENTING ROANE AT THE RNC
  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Transportation plus, but traffic lacking

    Last week I started the Leadership Roane County program. During the first session our class conducted an exercise to help evaluate the various factors and issues, both positive and negative, that might influence the future of our county.

    The exercise was based on SWOT, an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

    We broke out in teams to conduct the assessments. Despite the diversity of our class, the results were remarkably similar from each team.

  • ARRESTS: July 28-Aug 15

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.