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Today's News

  • Committee for back taxes meets April 30

    The Roane County-Owned Back Tax Property Committee will meet Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room at the Courthouse in Kingston.

    The committee consists of Commissioners Darryl Meadows, Todd Fink, Stanley Moore, Randy Ellis and Ron Woody.

  • TBI reports crime growth in 2017

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2017 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report, revealing a slight overall increase in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year.

    The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

    The TBI’s sophisticated crime reporting system, in place for more than 15 years, provides an updated and comprehensive picture of the successes and challenges facing communities across Tennessee.

  • Regions Bank opens Midtown location this week

    The new Regions Bank branch in Harriman’s Midtown area, is expected to open Monday.

    The branch lobby will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The drive-thru will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6.

    Video banking capabilities will also be available at the drive-thru Video Banking ATM.

    Video Banking ATMs allow customers to choose to connect with a Regions Video Banker via live, two-way video.

  • Volunteer Electric donations to Roane area organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations in April.

    Local groups receiving grants include Midway Youth Development Organization ($225), 30 Plus Club ($250), Midway Hall of Fame ($325), Roane County Youth Leadership ($450), Youth Department of Salem Baptist Church ($500), and Midway Quarterback Club ($750).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.3 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.

  • OUT to LUNCH: Razzleberry’s sure to fill more than your sweet tooth

    For sometime I have overlooked going “Out To Lunch” at Razzleberry’s in Oak Ridge.

    The full name of the café is Razzleberry’s Ice Cream Lab and Kitchen.

    My wife Carol and I grew up in Oak Ridge and remember Razzleberry’s location, on one corner of historic Jackson Square, was once a hardware store.

    Looking out one Razzleberry window you can see Blankenship Field (where I have many football memories), and the Oak Ridge Playhouse (formerly the Center Theater) looking out the parking lot window.

  • Harriman police chief resigns

    Less than two years on the job, Harriman Police Chief Derek Pacifico has resigned.

    “Although there is still much to do, it has come time for a change in leadership,” Pacifico said in a letter posted on the Harriman Police Department’s Facebook page. “As such, as of midnight Sunday the 22nd, I have resigned my position as Chief of Police.”

    A post from Pacifico said the letter was sent to the men and women of the Harriman Police Department.

  • Former RPD officer charged with domestic

    A former police officer is facing a domestic assault charge. David Blake Norman, 32, was booked into the Roane County Jail on April 17 around 11 p.m.

    The alleged victim is his wife.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Tim Hawn spoke with Danielle Norman about the alleged assault earlier that day.

    “Danielle stated that Blake struck her in the side of the face on the right side, causing her nose to bleed,” Hawn wrote in an incident report.

    The report also said Hawn noticed blood and bruising on Danielle’s face.

  • Blencoe hopes her bid for office inspires Dems

    Mary Ellen Blencoe, Democratic candidate for the 32nd District State House of Representatives seat, is enthusiastic about being a part of the election process even though she admits that she might not even be living in Roane County come the Novemeber election.

    Backed by Roane County Democratic party leaders wearing “Blue Wave” t-shirts that symbolize the party hopes for the 2018 election, Blencoe told the meeting of local Democrats that she made the decision to run as more of a statement of encouragement to Democrat voters and candidates.

  • Lady Knights face off with West Knox

    The Roane County Lady Knight’s lacrosse squad continued their season in a recent game with West Knox. Despite fighting hard, the Lady Knights couldn’t find the goal often enough, losing 15-3.

  • Kingston celebrates b-ball season