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Today's News

  • Sex offender McCarroll cannot vote

    The Roane County Election Commission does not have to allow convicted sex offender Richard Keith McCarroll to register to vote.

    McCarroll sought a court order to require the commission to allow him to vote, but Chancellor Frank V. Williams III denied his petition on Tuesday.
    “I agree with what opposing counsel has said regarding the law,” Williams said.
    McCarroll was indicted on 648 counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor in 2002 for child pornography images in his possession.

  • Wealthier than whom?

    Out of 136 school systems in Tennessee, Roane County is considered the 14th wealthiest, according to the state’s education funding formula. County Executive Ron Woody is high on the list of those who believe that doesn’t make sense.
    Because the high placement translates to proportionately lower state funding to Roane schools, Woody also wants the state to do something about it. 
    He’s sent a letter to the county’s legislative delegation and drafted a resolution on the issue.

  • HUB hikes electric bill service fee

    Harriman Utility Board electric ratepayers will be paying $2 more on their customer charge, no matter how much electricty they use.
    HUB officials announced the decision in an insert in the utility bills last week.
    It said growing costs and TVA changing to a new wholesale rate structure, “made it necessary for HUB to revise its rate structure for our customers.”
    The residential rates reflected the additional $2 on the customer charge beginning Oct. 1, in addition to any changes TVA makes in the rates.

  • Citizens Academy participants practice shooting
  • Margrave Bridge situation gets another look by Harriman officials

    Motorists on Margrave Drive have had to detour around the area where Margrave Bridge crossed the once alternate route around part of downtown. 
    “Is it going to stay the way it is?” asked Councilman Lonnie Wright recently.
    This is the year that some sort of action needs to happen, according to Mayor Chris Mason.
    “The last time I talked to anybody was about a year ago, and everybody seemed to be willing to go forward with opening the grant back up,” Mason said.

  • GUEST OPINION: Free press also comes with responsibilities

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    Inside the First Amendment
    The First Amendment is very clear in its 45 words that it protects a “free press” along with our rights to religious freedom, free speech and the rights to assemble and petition.

  • Agency offers help for distressed mortgages

    By KEN YAGER
    District 12 state senator
    There is hardly anyone in our region who has not been affected by the economic recession in some manner. 
    The last several years have been especially tough for our region as unemployment has been far too high. 
    Unfortunately, one of the most difficult side effects of unemployment is mortgage foreclosure, which is hard on families who are already struggling to keep their heads above water.

  • Largen honored at courthouse gala
  • Lady Tigers roll in opener, 8-1

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers showed that they had a mightier roar than the Pigeon Forge Lady Tigers, using five Katy Cisson goals to take an 8-1 win Monday afternoon in the opening round of the District 3-A/AA Tournament.
    "It was a physical game and our girls fought hard, but we finished well and we'll be moving on as a result," Rockwood head coach Wes Ford said after the game.
    Cisson started the scoring rush for the Lady Tigers, with a booming 25-yard goal on a Carson Evans assist to make the score 1-0.

  • Sandhill crane permits available Wednesday at TWRA offices

    Leftover permits from Saturday’s drawing to participate in Tennessee’s first sandhill crane hunt will be available on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the four regional offices of the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
    There are 134 permits available following Saturday’s hand-held permit drawing held at the Birchwood Community Center in north Hamilton County. The remaining permits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis at the four TWRA regional offices beginning at 9 a.m. EDT in Region IV and 8.a.m CDT at the three other regional offices.