Local News

  • Residents say no to tax hike

    Several residents spoke during a public hearing on the proposed county budget Tuesday.

    The County Commission’s Budget Committee is recommending an 11-cent increase in the property tax rate for the 2019-20 fiscal year.

    Val McNabb said he moved to Tennessee from Michigan to escape high taxes.

    He said when he started living here his tax bill was around $1,800. Now it’s around $2,900.

    “I’m not going to leave, but I’m not going to be very happy,” he said.

  • Heart of Dixie: Harriman starlet is recognized

    The Tennessee Historical Commission recently approved an application to honor Harriman native and actress of the Golden Age of Hollywood, Dixie Lee, with an historical marker.

    Dixie was born in the Walnut Hill neighborhood in Harriman near the intersection of Oak and Maple Streets, where the marker will be installed later this year.

    Unfortunately, the modest wooden frame house that was located on the property was destroyed by fire in 1959.

  • Woman arrested after boyfriend taken to hospital

    A woman got to see her boyfriend loaded into an ambulance before she got whisked off to jail on an outstanding warrant.

    According to the police report, Rockwood Officer Kendall Mitchell was dispatched to Walmart at 3:30 a.m. on July 14 in reference to a non-responsive person.

    “Once there I made contact with Reagan Palmer, who was on the ground trying to wake up her boyfriend Avery Collins,” the report said.

  • HFD and HUB partner on yearly hydrant flushing

    Harriman Fire Department in partnership with Harriman Utility Board will be conducting their annual flushing and hydrant water pressure testing.

    The flushing started Monday, July 8, and will continue until complete. This may cause customers’ water to appear cloudy or rusty looking, and in this case they are asked to refrain for a short time from using water.

    Letting it run for a short time should clear it up.

  • County officials skeptical of TVA event

    Some Roane County officials expressed skepticism about “a lunch-and-learn” held by TVA at the Kingston Fossil Plant on Tuesday.

    “The subject of the lunch and learn will be the ongoing and future work to manage coal combustion residuals (CCR) at the site,” the email invite to officials said.

    “... TVA’s President and CEO, Jeff Lyash, will open the lunch with remarks and then Dr. Joe Hoagland, recently tapped by Mr. Lyash to lead TVA’s CCR efforts Valley-wide, will do a deeper dive into the current work at Kingston.”

  • A beloved teacher, county employee remembered

    From staff reports

    Roane County is mourning the loss of Randy Quarles, who passed away Saturday at his home in Rockwood.

    Quarles spent more than 35 years as a teacher at Harriman Middle School, where he also served as girls basketball coach. Following his retirement from teaching, he served the Roane County Sheriff’s Office in courthouse security for more than 11 years.

  • Rockwood sees utility savings

    By Richard Evans

    The city of Rockwood is seeing savings as a result of adopting energy saving measures.

    In November 2017, the city council entered into an agreement with Trane for a $3.2 million project to install 880 LED streetlights, weatherization upgrades, new LED interior lighting in city buildings, new roofs and ceilings in city buildings as well as new energy efficient HVAC units.

    To date, savings for this year were in excess of $132,000.

  • Weigh in on county budget at hearing

    The public has an opportunity this week to weigh in on the county’s 2019-20 fiscal year budget.

    The County Commission’s Budget Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. A Budget Committee meeting and Commission work session will follow. All will take place at the courthouse in Kingston.

    “We always talk about the budget,” County Executive/Budget Committee Chairman Ron Woody told the Commission last week. “That’s your-all’s and my main responsibility – the financial affairs of the county.”