Local News

  • Don’t look for tax bills yet

    It could be several more weeks before people receive their new property tax bills in the mail.

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said he can’t provide the information to Trustee Wilma Eblen until the County Board of Equalization finishes holding hearings and makes decisions on whether to change or uphold the property values of those who have appealed.

  • Second same-sex divorce filed in Roane courts

    Another same-sex divorce case has been filed in Roane County Circuit Court. This one involves two women.

    Robin Lynn Engala is seeking a divorce from Beverly Ann Gambill.

    “The marriage of the parties is irretrievably broken due to irreconcilable differences which have arisen and exist between the parties,” states the complaint, which was filed on Sept. 21.

  • School calendar talks to start up soon

    The 2016-17 school calendar still has not been set.

    It wasn’t on the agenda for this month’s Roane County Board of Education meeting.

    When asked about it after the Sept. 17 meeting, Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he would try to get the discussions on next year’s calendar started soon.

    “We’ll try to set that up,” Aytes said. “That’s a good point.”

  • Man, 31, charged in case in which teen reported missing

    Police said a 14-year-old girl was dropped off at her home earlier this month by a 31-year-old man after she had been reported missing.

    The man, identified as Brendon Seth Luffman of Harriman, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    The minor’s guardian reported her missing on Sept. 14.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Rockwood Police Department went looking for the juvenile.

    Police said she was dropped off by Luffman after the search started.

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  • Roane law enforcement agencies awarded grants

    Eight Tennessee Highway Safety Grants have been awarded to law enforcement agencies in Roane County.

    The grants will be awarded to promote public safety on Tennessee roads and curb drunk driving.

    “These awards are very important to our local law enforcement agencies,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    “They will be put to good use in keeping our roads safer.”

  • History Crumbling: Hall’s Dime Store first of problem buildings to go

    The last remnants of Harriman’s Hall’s 5-10-25-Cent Store came down Thursday morning after the majority of the building was torn to the ground Wednesday.

    The 519 Roane St. structure is in the same block as the former Miller & Brewer store, which was gutted by fire on Jan. 8. Hall’s, which sold a mish-mash of items, was known for its candy counter.

    “As kids, we all went there for fresh candy out of the old wood and glass counters,” said Blake Kirkland. “My mom went there as a child also.”

  • Call today to schedule hearing to appeal property assessment

    A high number of appeals has caused the Roane County Board of Equalization to extend its session. It was scheduled to end today – Friday – but Chairman T.H. Brown said the board now plans to meet until all appeals are heard.

    Those who wish to appeal have until 4:30 p.m. today to contact the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office to schedule a hearing before the board. The phone number is 376-4362.

  • Charges pending in crash

    Charges are pending against a woman involved in a Monday crash on Hwy. 70 in East Roane County.

    The crash happened around 11 a.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Meredith Hicks was headed east in a 2006 Chevy Equinox when she crossed the center line and struck a 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by 73-year-old James Bryant.

    Hicks, 48, was ejected upon impact. She was flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville by Lifestar helicopter.

  • Tractor pull, show next weekend

    Three Rivers Antique Engine and Tractor Club will have its 19th annual show and pull on Oct. 2-3 at Roane State Expo Center.

    The garden tractor pull will be at 7 p.m. Friday.

    A truck and tractor pull starts at 4 p.m. Saturday; other Saturday events are a slow-tractor race, parade of power, pedal tractor races and pulls, skillet toss and wrench toss. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

    Call Billy Norman at 466-1658, Margaret Guttenberg at 376-9942, Charlene Taylor at 740-7039 or Doug Burgess at 621-1627 for details.