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Today's News

  • Legislative relief for ash-spill impacts?

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee are sponsoring a bills in the General Assembly that would provide relief for delinquent taxpayers because of the TVA ash spill.

    “For tax years 2009 and 2010, requires the waiver of all delinquent tax penalties and the reduction of interest to a rate of 5 percent, for delinquent taxpayers who had real property damaged by a coal ash spill,” a summary of the bill states. “Requires eligible taxpayers to apply for such relief to the assessor of property.”

  • Edgewood land transferred to Dunn Center

    The Roane County Commission approved a resolution allowing transfer of the Old Edgewood School building and property on Gallaher Road to the Michael Dunn Center.

  • GUEST EDITORIAL 1st Amendment: One woman’s lesson in liberty

    By Ken Paulson, President, First Amendment Center
    In 1940, a group of community leaders in Champaign, Ill., joined together to give young people a better moral foundation by offering religion classes in the public schools.

    It was creative, thoughtful and well-intended.  It was also unconstitutional.

    The Champaign public school district’s decision to invite representatives of multiple faiths to teach in its classrooms led to a historic U.S.  Supreme Court decision handed down 65 years ago on March 8, 1948.

  • Sequestration has county impact

    Automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester could impact county coffers.

    “The sequestration has held up our DOE (Department of Energy) in-lieu-of-tax payments,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told the budget committee last week. “It’s almost $1 million.”

    Woody said he believes the county will still get the money, but it could be less than expected.

    “I think it could be cut some, but I don’t think they will do away with the whole thing,” he said.

  • Ever wonder how sheriff’s office works?

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office is accepting applications for an upcoming citizens academy. Participants will meet every Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. April 4 through May 30. Topics include drug investigations, patrol, corrections and the judicial system.

    A graduation ceremony for participants will be held.  

    Lt. Rick Baker decribed the academy as a condensed version of what people go through when they’re training to become police officers.

  • Account set up to help Fowlkes

    It’s an emotional and financial roller coaster when a loved one is severly ill.

    That’s what Nancy Weatherly Fowlkes, a 1991 Roane County High School graduate and a former Roane County resident, and her family are now enduring.

    Fowlkes’ friend, Marcia Childs, said Fowlkes is in need of a liver transplant and is hospitalized in Memphis after becoming extremely ill late last year.

  • Redmon-Bullard

    Beverly and Kevin Foster, Harriman, and Mike Redmon, Kingston, announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Mikaela Morgan Redmon, to Jonathan Michael Bullard.

    He is the son of James and Kelley Bullard of Harriman.

    The ceremony will be on March 30 at Grand Vista Bay, Rockwood.

    The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Margaret L. Hacker of Harriman and the late Auriel Graydon Hacker, and Clayton and Nell Redmon of Oakdale.

    She is employed with Cardiology Associates of East Tennessee.

  • Murder trial a go April 3 — maybe

    The Ralph O’Neal murder trial is on the docket for the current Roane County Criminal Court term, but prosecutor Bill Reedy isn’t overly optimistic.  

    “At this point, it’s a yes, but you got to understand that this case involves multiple people who are in federal custody,” he said. “Getting these people back from the feds for trial purposes is like trying to orchestrate the thing (sequester) that’s going on in Congress right now.”  

  • Houston wants jury pool of 500

    His work may not be elegant, but Rocky Houston has been moving forward with self-representation in his federal firearms case.

    He has filed several handwritten motions with the U.S. District Court in Knoxville. He wants to enlarge the jury pool, recuse U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr., and suppress video evidence in the case.

    A federal grand jury indicted Houston in January on 14 counts of being a felon in possession of firearms. He faces up to 140 years in prison.

  • Vic King joins school board

    It took a change of the playbook, but now it’s official.

    Former Roane County High School football coach Vic King is a Roane County Board of Education member.

    On Monday, the Roane County Commission approved King filling the remainder of the seat of Marjorie Earick of District 5/6, who was elected to a four-year term last August.

    Earick recently decided to step down because of her husband’s illness.