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Today's News

  • No county budget vote until after Aug. election

    The 2014 county election could serve as a referendum on higher taxes for education.

    Last year the Roane County Board of Education requested a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate to fund the school system’s 2013-14 budget.

    The Roane County Commission did not approve the rate hike.

    If the school board makes another request for an increase this year, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said a vote on the 2014-15 county budget may not happen until after the Aug. 7 election.

  • Pinnacle connector work starting

    JG Mullins Construction Co. started work Thursday to open Pinnacle Drive from Midtown’s Pinnacle Pointe shopping center to the neighboring property owned by their partner Robert Bowen.

    Gary Mullins planned on removing the bank within the limits of the easement and putting down seed, straw and possibly gravel.

    “My idea is let the developer finish it,” said Mullins, referring to future buyers of the Bowen property.

  • Farmer says he’s not tax increase candidate in county executive race

    In 2007, then Roane County executive Mike Farmer lobbied hard for a 25-cent increase in the property tax rate. His lobbying worked, as the Roane County Commission approved the 25-cent rate hike that year.

    Farmer was voted out of office in 2010, but he’s picked up a petition to run for county executive again in this year’s election.

    Despite his record of lobbying for big tax increases, Farmer claims he’s not the tax increase candidate in this year’s race.

    “I would hope that no tax increase is necessary,” he said.

  • BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER FOR 4-H
  • THE BOYS OF SUMMER AT CAMP

    Carter Puckett, left, Riley Walker, center, and Keyton Hope await their turn to shine during Kingston Parks and Recreation’s third annual youth baseball camp earlier this month.

    “Our biggest thing is to get them excited about playing baseball at the start of the season,” said Rick Ross, Kingston parks and recreation director.

    The camp, open to ages 7-12 at Southwest Point, gave youths opportunities to work on their infield and outfield games, as well as pop flies, hitting and gaming fundamentals.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Erin go bragh! Try authentic Irish dishes at Flaherty’s

    When I discovered my next “Out to Lunch” article would be published on St. Patrick’s Day, I thought it was appropriate to write about Flaherty’s Irish Pub in Maryville.

    Maryville is a city founded by Scots-Irish.

    My wife, Carol, and I were fortunate to spend some time in Dublin, Ireland, several years ago and have lunch in one of the pubs.

    I asked Jim and Beverly Nall if they would like to join us for this latest adventure. Jim grew up in Kingston and is in our Sunday school class at Kingston First Baptist Church.

  • Roane jobless figures down

    Both Roane County and Tennessee are off to a good start in 2014 — at least on the job front.

    Unemployment rates for both the county and the state fell 0.1 percent to 7.2 percent in January, according to statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County’s is down 1.4 percent from the 8.6 percent rate in January 2013. The state is down 1.8 percent from a year ago, when its unemployment rate was 9.0 percent.

  • Last debris hauled from K-25 Bldg.

    The final truckload of debris from the K-25 Building demolition project was shipped from East Tennessee Technology Park last week.

    The K-25 Building at the East Tennessee Technology Park (the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant) was built in 1943 as part of the Manhattan Project.

    At that time, K-25 was the world’s largest building under one roof.

    Demolition of the mile-long, U-shaped structure was completed in December 2013. Since then, workers have focused on removing the resulting demolition debris.

  • Lady Tigers bomb Wartburg for 3-0 start

     

    The Rockwood Lady Tigers are off to a great start in 2014.

    Monday and Tuesday, Guy Thompson’s ladies took two games from Oakdale by a combined score of 28-1. On Thursday, the Lady Tigers improved to 3-0 with a 15-0 win over Wartburg in a game that lasted only three innings.

  • Stone Memorial hands Harriman its first loss

     By JACE GREENE

    Roane Newspapers