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Today's News

  • Tax rate staying same in Rockwood

    Rockwood property owners won’t pay an increase in taxes this fiscal year.

    Rockwood City Council approved their final reading of the fiscal year 2018-19 budget on Monday.

    “We were able to keep the tax rate the same, which is very, very important,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The $7.2 million budget doesn’t include much in the way of capital projects, but the city hopes to be tackling some road paving this year, with paving set to begin by the end of this month and continuing into July.

  • Firefighters spruce up park memorial

    Progress is steadily being made on the Harriman Fire Department memorial at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “I want something that is really going to honor them. After we get it completed it will be nice,” said Chief Brad Daniels of the memorial to honor those who died at the department.

    The memorial includes the names of James Brown, James Lawson and Gene Schubert.

    “The biggest thing right now is finding a piece for the top,” Daniels said.

  • Alleged altercation attracts police attention, results in drug charges

    From staff reports

    A traffic stop initiated by Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey late last month netted drugs and led to the arrest of a man and woman.

    Around 9:30 p.m. May 31, Humphrey saw a man and woman in a black Nissan Maxima who appeared to be in a physical altercation. Humphrey stopped the vehicle before calling for backup.

    Officer Jeff Coffey found both occupants making odd movements and unable to sit still.

  • Aytes named interim schools head

    The Roane County Board of Education is turning to a familiar face to lead the school system.

    “I’d like to nominate Gary Aytes as interim director of schools,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller said during an emergency called meeting on Saturday.

    Miller’s motion to hire Aytes passed 10-0. He will take over for Leah Rice Watkins, who resigned last week to take the director of schools job in Obion County.

    Aytes served four years as Roane County director of schools, retiring after the 2015-16 school year.

  • Motorist crashes into, kills biker

    A Kingston man was killed last week when a suspected intoxicated driver crashed into the back of his Harley Davidson motorcycle.

    Stacey Neil Vance, the man suspected of driving impaired, was charged with vehicular homicide.

    The crash happened on Highway 58 at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road around 6:30 p.m. on June 13. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, David Hughes was stopped and about to make a left turn on his motorcycle when Vance, driving a 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier, rear-ended him.

  • Going With the Flo: There’s a war going on for the soul of this nation

    By Flo Charles

    Noah Webster — the great scholar and university president who gave us the Webster’s Dictionary — said, “Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God ... if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted. ... if a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it is because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Back to the drawing board for mega-school scheme!

    Gentle reader: As we left you last week, Dr. Watkins’ departure was anticipated although not quite certain. Since that time her resignation has been submitted, and accepted. The School Board has named former Director Gary Aytes as interim Director to act until a permanent Director is found and put into place, according to Damon Lawrence’s front-page account last Monday.

  • Guest Column: Tax hikes easy but harmful

    By Tyler Overstreet

    For Roane County News

    In my opinion, having a conversation about major school construction prior to well-designed academic programming geared toward 2022 and beyond is like putting the cart before the horse in light of REFUSING to first discuss the significant monetary savings to all taxpayers if Roane County (city and county) were to consolidate and merge existing services that are currently duplicated in each township.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Founders didn’t trust We the People

    Last week’s resignation of Roane County Schools Director Leah Watkins will no doubt impact our county’s ongoing school debate. But it also offers a useful reminder.

    Unexpected events have often made those who “learn from history” appear foolish.

    Consider, for example, the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor or the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Both undermined attempts to learn from more remote past experiences, and gave rise to policies that would previously have been unimaginable.

  • Dixie Youth 7-8 tourney recap

    The Dixie Youth post season kicked off this past weekend.

    The 7-8 year old tournament double elimination tournament at Cherokee Middle School saw the all-star teams from Rockwood, Kingston, Harriman, and Campbell squared off for a berth in the state tournament in Fairview.

    The Kingston All-Stars emerged as champions this past week with a perfect record in the tournament.

    “The boys came out and they were ready,” Kingston Coach Anthony Lane said.

    Kingston 13, Campbell County 0