Local News

  • Wondering what you might owe in property taxes?

    it until later this year to get an idea of what their post-reappraisal property tax bill will look like.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said a new tool on the county’s website can help property owners figure it out before the bill arrives in the mail.

  • Man answers door with syringe in ear

    Meth labs and materials were reportedly found at a home on Black Jack Road recently.

    Three men inside the home were decontaminated, but no arrests were made.

    “The three suspects were allowed to leave, and charges are pending after further investigation,” the report on the incident said.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Mayes, a certified meth tech, was the reporting officer.

    His report said a tip about meth activity led authorities to 622 Black Jack Road on April 18.

  • A helping hand
  • Short-lived canine ambassador will be missed

    Lucy the dachshund made friends everywhere she went — from sedate nursing home visits to more boisterous motorcyle rally fundraisers.

    Daniel Hejny no longer gets to take his beloved 7-year-old pet on such outings anymore. She died on April 21 after falling ill at home in recent weeks.

    “Lucy was the best girl,” said Hejny, a Harriman resident.

    Although small in stature (journalist H.L. Mencken famously remarked that the breed is “a half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long), Lucy had a big impact on many she met.


    Grammy-winning Southern blues rockers The Kentucky Headhunters will perform at the Princess Theatre in Harriman on Saturday, May 30.

    Tickets are $25 and include two opening acts for a show promoters are calling Thunder on the Mountain.

    They are celebrating the upcoming June 2 release of Meet Me In Bluesland, their previously unissued 2003 recording with their friend, the late, legendary pianist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Johnnie Johnson.

  • Richard Evans to be honored with 5K race

    Longtime Kingston attorney Richard K. Evans loyally served on the CASA of the 9th District board.

    For all he has done, this year’s Run for the Child 5k run/walk —Saturday morning at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus — is being dedicated in his honor.

    Evans was an integral part of the CASA financial committee as the organization, which serves abused and neglected children in Roane, Morgan and Loudon counties, was in its formative years.

  • Finishing touches
  • Kingston Rotary also make good flippers

    The Rotary Club of Kingston hosted its annual pancake breakfast and silent auction in February.

    More than 175 people were served, and a great time was had by all as folks enjoyed good food and visited with friends and neighbors in what has become an annual tradition.

  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Real video’ holding us all accountable


    First Amendment Center

    “Seeing is believing,” or so the saying goes.

    We certainly can “see” more than ever in this era of 24/7 news, omnipresent street surveillance, police “body cams” and cellphone video — and that fits nicely into the First Amendment’s role in providing for both press and citizen “watchdogs on government.”

  • Hazardous waste day May 2 in Roane County

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s mobile household hazardous waste collection service will be in Roane County on May 2.

    Items should be dropped at Roane County Recycling Center at 215 White Pine Road from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

    Typical items to dispose of include cleaning fluids, pesticides, mercury thermometers and thermostats, fluorescent lamps, lithium and button batteries, aerosols, adhesives, medications, brake fluid, swimming pool chemicals and paint thinner.