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  • Tax bills just a bit late this year, official says

    Normally, property owners would have their tax bills by Oct. 1.

    This isn’t a normal year, however.

    The Roane County Commission didn’t set the property tax rates until the night of Sept. 8.

    Trustee Wilma Eblen said that’s the reason bills haven’t been sent yet, but property owners can expect them soon.

    “We hope to get them in the mail by Monday,” she said.

    The bills can’t go out until the commission approves the tax rates.


    Disabled American Veterans Post 86 will soon need a new van for its Veterans Administration program to transport veterans to medical treatment at VA facilities in Murfreesboro and Nashville.

    The program is helpful for many veterans who would struggle otherwise to get treatment. 

    “I’m grateful for it, because I would have no way there if I didn’t go in this,” said Calvin Wright, a U.S. Navy veteran. 

  • GUEST OPINION: College — where religious freedom goes to die


    First Amendment Center

    In the Orwellian world of many college and university campuses, all faiths are welcome — but some faiths are more welcome than others.

    Just this month, for example, California State University “derecognized” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical student organization with more than 900 chapters at colleges and universities across the country.

  • Free breakfast and flu shots offered at VEC’s annual meeting Oct. 4

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative will host its 78th annual meeting Saturday, Oct. 4, at Meigs County Middle School in Decatur.

    VEC serves many customers in Roane County.

    The events are slated to begin at 8 a.m. and will run until about noon.

    Those attending will be able to choose between a pancake breakfast and a continental breakfast.

    Free flu shots will also be available until 9:30 a.m. Medicare recipients should bring their card.

    Each member attending will receive a free goody bag, and numerous door prizes will also be awarded.

  • Food, games, hayrides and fun
  • Tips rolling in on robbery, attack

    The search contunues for three suspects who not only robbed a Harriman convenience store, but also stabbed the clerk who did not resist them.

    Last Friday’s early morning robbery happened at the Eagle Food Mart at 909 Georgia St.

    The victim was taken to the hospital by ambulance and treated for knife injuries.

    “He was back to work by that afternoon,” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The armed robbery occurred early Friday, Sept. 26, according to the Harriman Police Department.

  • McFarland lawsuit is tossed

    A judge has stepped in the way of Tom McFarland’s wish to become a judge — at least for now.

    On Tuesday, Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood dismissed the former Roane County Attorney’s lawsuit trying to overturn Mike Pemberton’s successful election in a close race for 9th Judicial District circuit court judge in the Aug. 7 election.

    McFarland contends Pemberton didn’t meet the one-year residency requirement to run for judge and wanted the election results voided.

  • Officers participate in mandatory training
  • Don’t hold breath on school funding

    Changes may eventually come to the way the state allocates money to school systems, but local officials aren’t optimistic.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said he heard as much from the top during a superintendents meeting he attended last month.

    “The governor spoke to us and said there will not be a change this year,” Aytes said.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he got the same impression from a Basic Education Program Task Force meeting he attended in Nashville on Sept. 23.


    After seeing their request for additional local funding go nowhere the last two years, Roane County school officials are considering other options to deal with their financial crisis.

    “We’re looking at $3.5 million — possibly more — of cuts,” business manager Eric Harbin said.

    Harbin and Director of Schools Gary Aytes met with the Roane County Commission’s budget committee on Thursday.