Today's News

  • It’s official: Taxes going up in Rockwood

    Rockwood residents will be paying a little more in city property taxes in the coming fiscal year.
    Rockwood City Council last week approved second and final reading of a budget that includes a 5-cent property tax increase.
    That brings the city’s property-tax rate to 95 cents per $100 valuation toward a budget with $5.4 million in expected general fund revenue and expenditures.
    “I still have the same objections now as I did before,” said Vice Mayor Peggy Evans, who cast the only dissenting vote on the budget.

  • Chamber supports online sales tax

    The Roane County Chamber of Commerce board of directors voted unanimously last week to support the Marketplace Fairness Act.
    Support for the act comes upon recommendation of the Chamber’s government relations committee.

    The act empowers states to collect sales tax on purchases made from online-only vendors.

  • Changes to aid in unemployment backlogs

    The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has made organizational changes aimed to improve access to unemployment benefits’ self-service features and reduce a backlog of those who have applied for benefits.

    “Decreasing the backlog means fewer follow-up calls, and opening access to self-service allows callers to directly find the information they need without any delays,”said Employment Security Administrator Linda Davis.

  • Upcoming workshops aim to help small businesses succeed

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering free workshops this week to help small businesses in the area succeed.

    All workshops will be in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    The first, Employers vs. Contractors, will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25.

    Jeff Ginsburg, director of human resources at Oak Ridge’s LeGacy Resource Corp., will discuss differences between a W2 employee or 1099 contractor, as well as the legalities and costs involved for a business.

  • Road dept. retirees to be honored at luncheon

    Roane County Highway Department will honor five retiring employees during a luncheon celebration from noon to 3 p.m. June 27 at the Highway Department at 3072 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson and his staff will honor retirees Larry Alford, Judy Bensey, Joe Britton, Donna Patterson and Ronnie Turpin.

    A special tribute will be paid to the memory
    of Charles Norman, a former road superintendent who died March 24.
    The band Outta the Blue will take the stage at noon.

    The event is free and open to the public.

  • Cook making plays at ESPN

    Some people seemed destined for a certain career.

  • Harriman’s Brown wins on Lake Cherokee

    Harriman’s Matt Brown recently won the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) Volunteer Division co-angler tournament on Lake Cherokee.

  • Anglers gear up for event on Chickamauga

    The Walmart FLW Tour on Lake Chickamauga presented by Chevy will visit the Dayton, Tenn., area June 27-30 for the sixth and final regular-season tournament of its 18th season. Hosted by the City of Dayton, the tournament will feature the world’s best bass pros and co-anglers casting for top awards of up to $125,000 cash in the Pro Division and up to $25,000 cash in the Co-angler Division.

  • Alpha House: Jail to joy

    Inspired by jail ministry, a cheery Oliver Springs house offers a second chance to women who have been part of the criminal justice system.

    Four women at a time are allowed in the six-month Alpha House program. Most have drug addictions and have come from broken families and abuse.
    “It has completely turned me around,” said Missy King. “It has shown me all the energy and effort I put into staying high I can put all that energy and effort into doing something good.”

  • Regions Bank dispute continues

    Dr. Clary Foote purchased the Regions Bank building in downtown Harriman for $280,500 in January 2012. It’s now appraised at $3.633 million.
    “That’s the value that we feel confident about,” Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said.
    Foote disagrees with the value.
    “All of downtown Harriman wouldn’t be worth that much,” he said.

    The building has been the subject of some controversy, involving the assessor’s office before.