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Today's News

  • Why do we keep trashing America the beautiful?

    By Michael Butler

    Special to the Roane County News

    Americans marvel at the beauty of our country. We seem blessed to have it all, from arctic mountains to tropical waters.

    Tennessee contains incredible diversity too, including those iconic amber waves of grain and purple mountains.

    Despite our reverence for the majesty of our natural resources, Americans—and seemingly some Tennesseans in particular—have a knack for trashing it all.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: A follow-up on why Roane County isn’t growing

    In the Friday, June 28, 2019, Roane County News we addressed hypothetically the estimates from constructing homes appraised at $200,000 each.

    Recently we received data from our Property Assessor, Building and Codes, and GIS departments that is worth sharing.

    This data represents homes that have been completed and added to the assessment roll during the year listed.

    The 2019 year is only for the first six months.

    This table represents homes completed or substantially completed during the year as noted.

  • County residents eligible for free smoke alarms through program

    The Roane County Office of Emergency Services and Roane County’s volunteer fire departments are working to save lives by preventing fires to begin with.

    Roane County residents can contact one of these agencies for the installation of free smoke alarms.

    The county has given away approximately 278 smoke alarms since 2012, according to H. Brad Goss, a Tennessee Public Fire and Life Safety Educator.

    The program is in coordination with the Tennessee Fire Marshal’s Office and alarms must be installed by fire department personnel.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Chesapeake’s West Knoxville Seafood and Raw Bar

    It’s nice to have folks ask me why they haven’t seen my “Out To Lunch” articles in the Roane County News lately. It’s a compliment to know they have read and enjoyed the articles.

    I have had some back health issues, and my wife Carol recently fell and broke her hip. Our eating has been limited to extremely delicious food friends have generously stocked in our refrigerator.

  • ORNL Federal Credit Union to host The Travelin’ McCourys, July 13

    The Travelin’ McCourys and Circus No. 9 will perform from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, for the next “Summer Sessions” concert event presented by ORNL Federal Credit Union.

    “Summer Sessions” is a free concert series for the community featuring bluegrass and American bands from throughout the region.

  • State revenues for May announced

    Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Stuart McWhorter today announced that overall May revenues were $1.2 billion, which is $46.3 million more than the state budgeted.

  • Maximum effective rate on home loans announced

    The Federal National Mortgage Association has discontinued its free market auction system for commitments to purchase conventional home mortgages.

    Therefore, the Commissioner of Financial Institutions hereby announces that the maximum effective rate of interest per annum for home loans as set by the General Assembly in 1987, Public Chapter 291, for the month of August, 2019 is 6.53 percent per annum.

  • New theatre group takes the stage at the Princess

    By Richard Evans

    A new entertainment venture is coming to Harriman.

    Three Rivers Theatre Company, a division of Center Field Productions LLC, is the brainchild of owners Donnie Hall and his wife, Martha Wilkinson.

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  • OS school estimates rise again

    The Roane County Board of Education has revised its estimate on the Oliver Springs project.

    The plan calls for incorporating the high school in with the middle school.

    The school board previously estimated the cost of the project at $5.373 million.

    “It was discovered after the commission pulled the Oliver Springs and Midway projects that the Oliver Springs portion was under projected,” school officials said in a letter addressed to County Executive Ron Woody and the County Commission.