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Today's News

  • Commission trains on new electronic voting system

    The Roane County Commission received training on its new electronic voting and iPad system last week.

    “I love it,” Commissioner Shannon Hester said.

    Instead of paper copies, the information commissioners need for the meetings, such as agendas, committee minutes and resolutions, will be available on the iPads.

    Each commissioner will have one. Officials said that should cut down on copy and postage costs.

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  • Roane buys time on TVA lawsuit

    The attorneys representing Roane County and the cities of Harriman and Kingston aren’t ready to respond to the motions to dismiss filed by TVA and Jacobs Engineering Group.

    The deadline was July 12, but they sought and received more time.

    “Defendants (Jacobs and TVA) have filed motions to dismiss, to which plaintiffs have requested additional time to respond,” an order signed by U.S. District Judge Thomas Varlan said.

  • Pair take on TDEC

    Two Roane County residents are waiting to hear the outcome of a petition they filed against the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation for its handling of a concrete spill.

    “TDEC didn’t do its job,” Jack Farmer alleges.

    “The theme is broken promises,” Glynna White added.

    Farmer lives near a concrete plant operated by Twin K Enterprises on Poland Hollow Road. Farmer and White allege TDEC hasn’t done enough to make Twin K remove concrete that spilled on Farmer’s property and impacted a stream.

  • Sex offender law gets put on hold

    A temporary restraining order barring the state from enforcing a new law that deals with sex offenders is still in place.

    The new law makes it a felony for a sex offender to live with his or her minor child if the sex offender was convicted of a sex crime involving an unrelated child under the age of 12.

    The law took effect July 1. However, several Nashville attorneys filed a complaint against Gov. Bill Lee, TBI Director David Rausch and Department of Correction Commissioner Tony C. Parker in federal court in Nashville.

  • Going With the Flo: We must support Trump’s efforts in national defense

    By Flo Charles

    In reference to the importance of quoting historical figures, I totally agree!

    That’s why I have so many books of history in my library and home school history books that were written before our history was rewritten.

    I spend many hours searching meticulously before I share.

    Hopefully, the intent wasn’t “… if we don’t like the message, discredit the character and credibility of the messenger.” The quote is the focus!

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Col. Isham, our McCarroll kin did the family proud

    Gentle reader, we saw in the paper that June was, in fact, the hottest month globally since records have been kept. We suspect that this month may set an identical record for July, but we’ll have to wait and see.

  • Parental help and guidelines for their new teen driver

    By David Ridenour

    Special to the Roane County News

    As the new driver approaches the age of 15, it is recommended that the parents provide them with a current Tennessee Driver Manual. Actually, the same could be said for any age group requiring the services of the Driver Testing Center.

    As stated in the manual, “it is important to read this information.”

    As it would relate to being successful with the written portion of the permit/license exam, perhaps a slogan with the words of KNOW BEFORE WE GO would perhaps be appropriate.

  • No easy answer on jail

    There is more to overcrowding at the Roane County Jail than a “throw the book at them attitude,” according to officials in the local justice system.

    “A lot of the things on the judicial side between the judges, public defender, district attorney and the private bar, there’s a lot of effort to not just put everybody in the jail,” General Sessions Court Judge Terry Stevens said.

    “More than people realize,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson added.

  • Hickman croons to a hometown gathering