Local News

  • Rockwood looks to keep $1 tax rate

    Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller didn’t want to see the city’s tax rate dip below $1 per $100 valuation.

    The new certified rate was very close to that, at 99.29 cents on each $100 of taxable property.

    The Rockwood City Council recently passed first reading of an ordinance to levy a $1 per $100 valuation property tax rate.

    “You cannot exceed that (the certified rate) unless you go through the process of a public hearing,” said Rockwood City Attorney Greg Leffew.

  • Jim Henry says Vietnam changed his life

    Jim Henry is concerned about the political landscape in America.

    “Our country is in terrible position,” he said at Saturday’s 12th Gala of the Roane County Heritage Commission.

    “I’ve never known to be anymore worried about what’s going to happen to us than I am today.”

    Henry is no stranger to politics. He’s a former Kingston mayor and former Republican state representative. He’s currently Gov. Bill Haslam’s chief of staff.

  • Retired Teachers to meet Oct. 9

    Roane County Retired Teachers will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 9 in Kingston Community Center.

    Lunch will be followed by a musical program featuring Kingston native Woody Wright.

    Members of the public who wish to attend must make luncheon reservations by Oct. 6 by calling Susie Dutton at 376-2749.


    Gov Bill Haslam has three people to consider for the 9th Judicial District criminal court judge job.

    The Governor’s Council for Judicial Appointments met Friday and decided to nominate all three candidates who applied – Walter Johnson, Porsche Shantz and Jeff Wicks.

    “All three will go to the governor,” Council Chairwoman Cheryl Rice said following the meeting.

    E. Eugene Eblen has been the criminal court judge in the district since 1978. He plans to retire on Dec. 31.

  • 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.

  • Picnics and Pianos
  • 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.”