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Local News

  • Roane County News brings home eight state newspaper awards

     

  • Broadband’s reach narrow for Roane’s rural population

    Rural Roane County residents enjoy the scenic beauty of their areas, but they often go without one of the most important resources in today’s modern society — access to broadband Internet.
    One resident said about 20 homes on their street have no access to Internet and cell service is almost nonexistent. Others said they settled for satellite Internet provider HughesNet.
    “It is a critical issue as I said. It is not a luxury. It is a necessity. I certainly understand your frustration,” said state Sen. Ken Yager.

  • Special needs in $67M school plan?

    Not everyone expressing concerns about the Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan is focused on the impact to the property tax rate.
    Part of the plan calls for building a new consolidated high school, and some are worried how special needs students will fit in there.
    “These kids have sensory issues,” Harriman resident Annabelle Fielden said at last week’s Roane County Commission meeting. “They don’t hear the way I hear and you hear. They don’t see the way we see.”

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Kavanaugh part of Trump fulfilling campaign promise

    I find the recent controversy surrounding the selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court Justice puzzling.

    After all, President Trump promised during the 2016 election that he would nominate conservative judges for the highest court in the land.

    With all the fuss over missing emails, “Russian collusion” and who grouped who, the mainstream media and a lot of Americans seem to have forgotten just what the 2016 election was all about.

    Selection of the top judges is probably the most important decision a president can make.

  • Check out Mars on the Obed

    Starry night skies are an important part of the special places the National Park Service protects.

    National parks hold some of the last remaining harbors of darkness and provide amazing opportunities to experience this critical resource.

    The Obed Wild and Scenic River is one of these special places where you can enjoy the quiet, dark solitude of nature at night, and now the Obed is one of the newest Dark Sky Parks designated by the International Dark Sky Association.

  • Meet the candidates

    People interested in the Aug. 2 election crammed into a conference room at Rockwood Electric Utility on Tuesday to hear from candidates seeking office.

    The forum was hosted by Rockwood 2000 and moderated by Jamie Jordan.

    “This is terrific,” Jordan said about the crowd that turned out. “Thank you guys for coming to this.”

    Each candidate was allowed to make an opening statement before answering questions that were submitted to organizers before the forum.

  • Snodgrass at helm of Rhapsody in Blue Band

    Harriman High School’s Rhapsody in Blue marching band has a new director.

    David Snodgrass is now taking the helm.

    The Middle Tennessee State University graduate is hoping to expand on the talented crew he has.

    “I definitely want to grow this band. I know it will start at the middle school level, getting more middle school students involved,” he said.

    Snodgrass is bringing some flavor to this year’s marching season.

  • Early voting starts today

    Take advantage of early voting.

    That’s the message from Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.

    “You never know what the weather is going to be like on Election Day,” he said. “If they have the opportunity to vote early, I’d advise them to do that.”

    Early voting for the Aug. 2 election starts today – Friday – and runs through July 28.

    “A Tennessee or federal photo ID is all they need,” Holiway said.

  • $67M SCHOOL PLAN NOT IN NEW BUDGET

    Commissioners who support the Roane County Board of Education’s $67 million building plan sat silent when the property tax rates for the 2018-19 fiscal year came up for discussion at Monday’s meeting.

    They could have moved to raise the rates to generate funding for the plan, but none did.

    Commissioner Darryl Meadows said it came down to simple math.

    “The votes just aren’t there,” he said. “It’s that simple.”

  • Teen back to juvenile court on murder charge

    The case of a teen who shot and killed his sister’s boyfriend is returning to juvenile court.

    Jacob Kinney’s second-degree murder juvenile case was transferred to Roane County Criminal Court last year, but a grand jury failed to indict him on that charge, instead going for a lesser charge of reckless homicide.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that is not one of the transferable charges from juvenile court, and the defense argued the case should be sent back to juvenile court.