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Today's News

  • Road workers still on track for 5% pay raise

    Concerned about their 5 percent raise, employees with the Roane County Road Department showed up in force at Tuesday’s public hearing on the county’s 2018-19 budget.

    “They were just concerned that they would try to take their raise out,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “They wanted to come in case it came up and let them know they wanted their raise.”

  • Shooting may have been self defense

    A shooting on Post Oak Valley Road that sent one man to the hospital may have been a case of self defense.

    “You have a right to protect yourself in your home,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The incident happened on Friday around 11:45 p.m. According to Stockton, Grant McNeal was at his home when Evan Gardner came over and kicked his door in.

  • PEDALING PARADE

    A group of 23 bicyclists and their support crew passed through Roane County along Hwy. 70 through Kingston and into Midtown Thursday afternoon.

    It was part of a trek across the country, in the hopes of raising funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund.

    The bicyclists started in Baltimore on June 3 and are one of three bicycle teams traversing the country.

    This team’s destination is San Francisco. The other two teams are pedaling to Portland and Seattle.

    They all are hoping to get to their destinations by Aug. 11.

  • Wireless internet access coming to rural Roane areas

    Residents and small businesses in parts of Roane County, including Rockwood and Ten Mile will soon have access to fixed wireless internet service.

    Fixed wireless internet service delivers download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second and upload speeds of at least 1 Mbps using a wireless tower transmitting to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business.

    “I am glad to see the innovative approach by private industry to help close the remaining connectivity gap,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • SPILL ON ‘THE CURVE’
  • Kingston rejects 5% water rate hike

    In a special called meeting Monday, Kingston City Council declined to approve an amendment to the Water and Sewer Department’s 2018 budget that would have increased rates by 5 percent.

    A motion and second were made to approve the water budget as submitted, with the increase intact. That concerned Councilmember Stephanie Wright.

    “I don’t think the public was fully aware of the rate increase,” said Wright. She made a motion to amend the budget by eliminating the 5-percent increase.

    The motion passed unanimously.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.