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Today's News

  • Assessments complete, but barbs continue

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s warned those at the Property Assessor’s Office to watch what’s being said about him to the public.

    The issue has to do with the 2015 reappraisal.

    The assessor’s office is holding informal hearings with property owners who are unhappy or have issues about their new assessments.  

    “They’re saying it would have been all right, but Ron Woody caused it,” Woody said.

  • Assessments complete, but barbs continue

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s warned those at the Property Assessor’s Office to watch what’s being said about him to the public.

    The issue has to do with the 2015 reappraisal.

    The assessor’s office is holding informal hearings with property owners who are unhappy or have issues about their new assessments.  

    “They’re saying it would have been all right, but Ron Woody caused it,” Woody said.

  • Struck bridge going down to one lane for repairs

    The traveling’s tight on the narrow bridge on Caney Creek Road.

    It’s about to be even tighter — a least for a few days.

    Roane County Road Department is closing one lane of travel on the bridge to repair railing damaged when a vehicle crashed into it last week.

    “We’ll probably be working all day from 8:30 to about 5 o’clock,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said Friday.

    “It’ll probably take two or three days — and might take longer.”

  • Abandoned asphalt pile was road department’s

    The pile of asphalt that was left abandoned on the side of Creekwood Road belonged to the Roane County Road Department.

    Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said employees Mike Sensaboy, Gage Patterson and Matthew Bolden were filling in potholes on the road and dumped the asphalt after it got cold.

    “They weren’t just out riding down the road trying to waste asphalt,” Ferguson said. “That wasn’t it. It just got cold. It would have gotten cold on me, or you, or anybody.”

  • Harriman to finance $1.5 million for paving

    Harriman City Council will possibly pass a budget next month that includes financing of approximately $1.5 million for paving.

    “One of the biggest things that I am proud of in the budget is the money set aside for paving,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

    “We need to and are going to try to find a way to fund paving every year in the future, as well as maintain the storm drains.”

    The latter, in particular, have him concerned.

  • Aug. 17 Harriman Happenings

    Those who attended womens’ ministry service in Knoxville last Tuesday were Mary Hickey (great soloist), Julia Harris, Ceola Lawrence, Virginia Childress, Marie Frazier, Rosa Osborn, Virginia Hickman, Carolyn Griffin, Carolyn Clemmons, Gloria Ward and Louise Warmley, who gave the memorial.

    The general theme was “Refocusing our missions.”

    The Rev. Margaret Mack presided. Guest speaker was Minister Ruby Winton.

    She gave a great message.

    Henrietta Caldwell is the president. Elder Dr. Joe B. Maddox is moderator.

  • Croce, lawyer with Legal Aid, to be honored by peers

    The Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services will present the 2015 Access to Justice Awards on Sept. 2 at its annual Equal Justice University.

    The awards honor legal professionals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership in the cause of expanding access to civil legal services.

    Among those to be honored is Lenny Croce.

    Croce will receive the B. Riney Green Award, which recognizes advocates who coordinate statewide efforts to improve the quality of legal services for low-income Tennesseans.

  • Roane Alliance volunteers make a difference

    The Roane Alliance benefits from those who volunteer in its programs.

    They honored those individuals recently with a barbecue cookout.

    Two of those volunteers made a huge difference to Allen Lutz, education & workforce development specialist.

    One of those is Kim Tharp, who volunteers at festivals and other events.

    “She is one of those individuals who takes initiative. She steps up and takes charge,” said Lutz.

  • J. Neal Jewelry a new name for a familiar Harriman business

    Ernie Neal has been doing jewelry repair for 28  years.

    “I was a former Marine. I got out and trained under the GI bill with my uncle,” said Neal.

    He is a third-generation jeweler, with the tradition starting with his grandfather.

    He started out as a boilermaker, which he said was feast or famine — mostly famine.

    “This just seemed the most lucrative easy way to make a living,” he said.

  • Man charged with assault

    Levi Comer, a 25-year-old Rockwood man, is accused of holding his girlfriend hostage.

    Comer is charged with aggravated assault and kidnapping in the incident, which reportedly occurred at 321 Vernal Ave., Harriman. Comer allegedly used a knife in the incident.

    Sgt. James Wadsworth said in the warrant that he saw blood at the scene.

    “I also observed two knives on the coffee table,” he said.

    Wadsworth said he also observed dried up blood on a shirt the alleged victim said she was wearing during the assault.