Today's News

  • Housing chief put on paid leave

    Harriman Housing Authority Director Sheila Smith is on administrative leave with pay amidst a look into allegations.

    That is where Housing Authority Board Chairman Wayne Best left it when asked to confirm Smith was on leave.

    “Right now, there is no investigation going on,” Best said Friday. “We just have an attorney looking at some allegations.”

    Julia Clark is acting as interim director over the authority, which oversees public housing developments in Harriman.

  • TOYS FOR TOTS: Kingston sisters’ birthday gifts go to hurting kids

    Kingston sisters Anna Beth and Ellie Layne decided to do something different for their combined birthday party last month.

    Instead of gifts for them, they asked the invitees to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to the Kids First Child Advocacy Center of the Ninth Judicial District.

  • Tax hike plea for education almost certain

    Roane County Board of Education Member Mike “Brillo” Miller implored county commissioners to not take a steadfast stance against a property tax rate increase at this stage in the budget process.

    “Don’t make the statement right now, ‘I’m not going to raise taxes,’” he said.

    “If I was sitting in your chair, would I be giving these men or these kids or anybody in this community a fair look?”

  • Animals attack pigs near campus

    Several pigs were killed last month in what is believed to be two animal attacks at a small farm next to the walking trail at Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

    “We had a call from Roane State because some of the workers drove by there and saw some of the dead pigs,” said Josh Strickland, animal control officer at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    Later, E911 dispatch called animal control because Frank Burgess’ horses were out in a nearby church parking lot.

  • Paid ’09 taxes keep Caldwell properties off the auction block

    Kingston developer Matt Caldwell has been catching up on some of his unpaid Roane County property taxes.

    Clerk and Master Shannon Conley said his 2009 delinquent taxes were recently paid, preventing the properties from going to auction.
    Conley said her office also received payments on some of Caldwell’s 2010 and 2011 delinquent taxes.

    Following the controversial 2010 countywide reappraisal, Caldwell filed numerous appeals with the State Board of Equalization contesting values on his properties. Those appeals are still pending.

  • New law forgives penalties on ash spill land

    Roane County’s legislative delegation got a bill to pass the General Assembly during the recently completed session that will provide relief for delinquent property taxpayers because of the TVA ash spill, a disaster that occurred more than four years ago.

    “This is a local bill for Roane County,” state Rep. Kent Calfee told his colleagues in the House. “We had the Tennessee Valley Authority Kingston Steam (Fossil) Plant ash spill few years ago. This is to forgive the penalty and lower the interest rate on unpaid taxes.”

  • Kingston manager gone fishing with retirement rod


  • Rockwood TVA money put in special fund

    Rockwood is making sure there is no appearance of impropriety when it comes to its use of the leftover TVA money from the Roane County Economic Development Foundation.

    The city received its most recent request of $716,805 on April 11.

    “They have been put in a special account,” Mayor James Watts told council recently.

    City officials previously caught some flack when Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas did not immediately receive its portion of TVA money designated for water and sewer projects.

  • Roane County greener than ever before

    The carbon footprint for Roane County has gotten a little smaller.

    The Roane County Industrial Board requested and Rockwood Electric Utility complied in replacing all the streetlights at the Roane County Industrial Park with LED fixtures.

    The board manages the industrial parks for the county and covers the monthly cost of the street lighting.

    “We changed out, I think, a total of 26 fixtures,” said REU manager Kendall Bear.

  • Jackets sting Blue Devils in tennis

    The Kingston Yellow Jackets and Lady Jackets swept their tennis match against Harriman on Tuesday at Roane State.

    The girls and boys both won by a final score of 7-2.