Local News

  • Property values drop about 6 percent

    The 2015 reappraisal is still not complete, but officials have an idea how much property values are down in Roane County compared to 2010.

    “The last data I have reflects about a 6 percent,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    There was widespread talk that properties were way overvalued during the 2010 reappraisal and the county could see as much as a 30-percent drop this year. Woody said the 2015 numbers he’s seen so far don’t bear that out.


    The swirling waters of the Emory River are slowly eroding the supports at the Lon Mee Bridge on Pansy Hill Road.

    Harriman city officials are seeking a federal grant in hopes of taking counteractive measures.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Highway Bridge Scour Plan of Action Report from April 2014, the bridge is “scour critical.”

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  • Judge seat to be on 2016 ballot?

    The Ninth Judicial District criminal court judge wasn’t supposed to be on the ballot next August, but that could change.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen said Monday that he plans to retire at the end of the year.

    If that happens, it could trigger a chain of events that includes a gubernatorial appointment and a special election in August 2016 to fill out the term.

  • Kingston to rebid greenway amenities

    Some highly anticipated upgrades to Kingston’s Ladd Landing Greenway are moving forward, but how the project will shake out is still unknown.

    The addition of an array of amenities at the greenway is being rebid after the sole bid in the first round was well above what Kingston had budgeted.

    Councilman Tony Brown was especially outspoken on the project at a Kingston City Council meeting this month.

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  • Old papermill buildings going down

    Harriman officials decided against keeping several buildings at the former papermill property.

    “If we decide to keep any of the buildings in the future ... if we (later) decide to demolish them … it would be our responsibility,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt.

    Removing all the old buildings now would place the costs on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Mead Westvaco cleanup, which is ongoing at the property.

    Earlier this year, the EPA asked the city for guidance on what to do with a few of the buildings.


    Harriman officials have taken the first steps in the budget process.

    City Manager Kevin Helms said department heads have made their proposals to city officials. Not surprisingly, the wish list of expenditures outpace projected revenues.

    “We are trying to put our recommendation together on what should be included,” Helms said.

  • Man accused of pushing woman out of vehicle

    A Rockwood man is facing an aggravated assault charge for allegedly pushing a woman out of a vehicle. Steven Marney, 29, was arrested on May 15.

    According to the warrant, Rockwood Police Officer Charles Haubrich went to the University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville to speak to Lolita Lassiter, the alleged victim.

  • Rebates offered for green vehicle purchase

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation’s Office of Energy Programs said it will offer a two-tiered rebate on qualifying electric vehicles that are purchased or leased and registered in the state of Tennessee.

    “Electric vehicles are a great alternative for Tennesseans looking to do their part in protecting the air we breathe,” TDEC Commissioner Bob Martineau said. “This rebate program is a way to assist consumers making environmentally conscious transportation decisions.”