Local News

  • Middle College students excel in inaugural year

    The first year of Roane State Community College’s Middle College program is over, and high school students from Roane County proved they could thrive academically.

    Twenty-six juniors finished the first of the two-year Middle College program in May.

    “I cannot say enough positive things about the achievements of this group,” said Diane Ward, Roane State vice president of student learning. “To see two of them win these outstanding academic awards is phenomenal.”

  • TDOT tackling several road projects next week

    Motorists traveling in and through Roane County this week might want to add a few minutes to their travel time.

    The Tennessee Department of Transportation is beginning a number of paving and construction projects this week.

    The areas include:

    • Hwy. 61 between the Roane County line (Log Mile 0) and Midway Drive (Log Mile 2.7) in Anderson County — Motorists should be alert for temporary lane closures daily through this project as crews construct turn lanes in this area.

  • Pemberton’s first case overturned

    The Tennessee Court of Appeals has reversed Circuit Court Judge Mike Pemberton’s decision to toss out a slip-and-fall lawsuit against the Kingston Hardee’s.

    “We conclude that the trial court erred in granting the motion for summary judgment,” the Court of Appeals said in an opinion released on Monday.

    The Court of Appeals remanded the case back to Roane County Circuit Court for further proceedings.

  • Tax official says past dustups no problem

    Despite a history of run-ins, Property Assessor David Morgan said he’s prepared to work with Roane County Board of Equalization Chairman T.H. Brown.

    In March, Brown sent a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody regarding possible “spot reappraising” that has occurred under Morgan’s watch.

    The letter has sparked a review by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

    The county board convenes each year to hear appeals from property owners who are unhappy with their assessments.

  • Abduction attempt tales not confirmed

    Several local women across social media are sharing stories of being followed or almost being abducted.

    On Monday, no police reports had been filed in any incidents, including one from a woman who reported an incident at Rockwood’s Walmart on Saturday.

    “When they (Rockwood police) went down there Saturday night, the complainant was already gone,” said Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright.

    Other agencies in Roane have said they have not received any reports of victims being followed or any attempted kidnappings.

  • New principal hired for OSHS

    Justin Nivens has been hired as the new principal at Oliver Springs High School.

    “He’s an Oliver Springs alumnus,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “His mom and dad both taught in that community for years.”

    Nivens was at Clinton High School in Anderson County this past school year.

    “He’s coming home,” Aytes said.

    Aytes said Nivens was a teacher at Clinton, where he also had some part-time administrative duties.

  • Class ranking policy issue remains unresolved after meeting

    A revision to the Roane County Schools class ranking policy will undergo further review. The Board of Education voted on Tuesday to send it back to committee.

    The revised policy was on the agenda for second reading Tuesday, but board members raised concerns.

    “I think we ought to get the two or three things worked out,” Board Member Rob Jago said.

  • Much of reappraisal done, concerns on Morgan remain

    Jason Mumpower, chief of staff for the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury, has issued an update on Roane County’s 2015 reappraisal.

    The comptroller’s Division of Property Assessments took over the program earlier this year.

    “The division is working toward the completion of its three-phase reappraisal plan,” he said in a memo sent to officials on Wednesday. “The division believes many of the major valuation concerns and system issues have been addressed and resolved.”

  • College offers financial help for adults

    Valerie Price wanted to go back to school years ago but thought it was out of her reach.

    The nursing student at Tennessee College of Applied Technology of Harriman had financial obstacles that initially made college seem impossible.

    “That is what held me back so long, because I had two children, and I didn’t realize all the resources out there for me when I was younger to come back to school,” Price said.

    Now more opportunities are available for adults to go back to college.