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Today's News

  • USDA field buffer options plentiful

    Clean water and healthy soils not only benefit local farmers and farming communities but the public in general. As fewer farmland acres continue to provide food and fiber for increasing populations, lands are being used more intensively to provide these commodities, at times to the detriment of our soils and water supplies.

  • Ladd enjoying return to diamond

    District championships, state tournament appearances and hundreds of wins is what Kingston’s Ronnie Ladd accomplished before retiring as head coach of the Kingston Lady Yellow Jackets in 2003.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Some causes worth running for

    I’ve never been a grand marshal before.

    That changed Saturday when I was honored by the Michael Dunn Foundation as grand marshal of the first ever Run for Dunn 5k race. I was also honored to be able to meet and stand alongside the very Michael Dunn for whom Roane County’s Michael Dunn Center is named.

    It was a proud day for me.

    I’ll admit to some relief when the race organizers informed me that instead of a starter’s pistol, I’d launch the runners and walkers with an air horn.

  • Property assessment appeals hit state level

    Carl Dennis Sorensen said physics is his area of expertise.

    “I don’t understand real estate very much,” he admits.

    That didn’t stop him from explaining why he felt the $554,100 value the county put on his property during last year’s reappraisal was out of line.

    “I believe it was (worth) what I paid for it, which in August of 2009 was $400,000,” Sorensen told Administrative Judge Vance Cheek Jr. on Monday.

    “Tell me how you got to that figure?” Cheek asked.

  • Official feels economic pain through family members' job loss

    The last bundle of steel rebar was pushed through at the Harriman ArcelorMittal steel mill Wednesday afternoon, and the plant closes its doors this week.

  • Harriman looks at budget cuts

    Hoping not to diminish financial reserves, Harriman officials are taking a look at making tough cuts in operations.

    “We’re trying not to dip into our reserves, and see if we can cut,” Councilman Charles “Buddy” Holley said in a phone interview.

    “We need to come up with about $300,000,” Councilman Ken Mynatt said.

  • Bill could give county officials more access to Tiger Haven

    A bill that would allow Roane County officials to accompany the state on inspections of Tiger Haven is advancing through the Tennessee General Assembly.

    It passed the Senate 32-0 on Monday. The House has yet to vote on the bill.

    Tiger Haven is a sanctuary for big cats in East Roane County. Several species are housed at the facility, including lions, tigers, cougars and leopards.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Chadwick T. Chilton, no driver license Aug. 6. Dismissed Sept. 13, cost to defendant.

    Billy Joe Lewis, capias for failure to appear Aug. 18, 2008. Guilty as charged Sept. 13, convicted.

    Shaylon K. Corbitt, violation of probation. Dismissed Sept. 14, cost to state.

  • Seminar to cover poverty awareness

    Kingston United Methodist Church will have a poverty awareness seminar on April 6 in the church’s ministry center at 212 W. Church St.

    Joe Parker will lead the training from noon to 5 p.m. Parker is secondary supervisor for Roane County Schools.

    The seminar cost is $10, which includes purchase of a book for the course.

    Space is limited to the first 25 registrants.

    Reservations by paying the fee are requested by March 30 to ensure adequate materials for participants.

  • Rockwood pastor opens Tenn. Senate session

    Rockwood First Baptist Church Senior Pastor Josh Lancaster, center, recently delivered the invocation for a recent session of the Tennessee State Senate.

    Lancaster was the guest of state Sen. Ken Yager, right.

    The Senate starts each legislative day with a prayer before taking up the legislative calendars.

    Yager and Lancaster meet with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, left, who presides over the Senate.