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Today's News

  • Wage gap contributes to Tenn. poverty

    For the Roane County News

    A state-by-state analysis released for Equal Pay Day tomorrow reveals that a woman employed full time, year-round in Tennessee is typically paid just 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man – a yearly pay difference of $7,745.

    That means Tennessee women lose a combined total of nearly $16 billion every year to the gender wage gap.

  • Board keeps $68 million price tag on program

    The Roane County Board of Education vowed to make some cuts to its $68 million building plan during a joint work session at Roane State Community College last month.

    “We’ll cut every place we can cut to bring this price down,” Board Member Mike “Brillo” Miller pledged on March 27.

    “As Mr. Miller said, we’ll do our best to cut it down,” Board Member Danny Wright added.

    That didn’t happen on Thursday.

  • Calfee proud to serve 32nd District three terms

    Incumbent 32nd District State Representative Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, will look to secure his fourth term in the November 2018 election.

    “I want to continue adding on to the successes of my last six years,” Calfee said.

    A former Roane County Commissioner and part-time farmer who retired from Oak Ridge National Lab, Calfee said he is proud to have been a part of the legislative effort to fund and promote higher education.

    Last year he carried the bill in the house that would expand participation in community colleges.

  • Work session on new school now at RCHS

    The site of the Roane County Commission’s April 26 work session has changed.

    The work session was previously scheduled to take place at the Roane County Courthouse, but Commission Chairman Ron Berry said it will now be held at the Roane County High School auditorium.

    He said crowd accommodation is the reason behind the change.

    “We may not have 20 people there, but if we have 100 people there I don’t want them to not be able to listen,” Berry said.

  • Suspected drug deal linked to gunshot victim

    A man walked into Roane Medical Center on Thursday around 5:30 p.m. with a gunshot wound.

    Law enforcement authorities said he was shot during a suspected drug deal gone bad on Fred Davis Junior Road.

    “Instead of selling pills they were going to rob him,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said on Friday.

    “So we got what looks like a robbery and a dope deal gone bad combination.”

    Stockton identified the shooting victim as John R. Lakin.

  • Harriman eyes lot for fire training

    Harriman Fire Department has found a new use for a city owned piece of property that could benefit all of Roane County.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels proposes using the former Coleman Log Company property for a fire tower and burn room for training purposes.

    It’s on lower Margrave Drive, past the Harriman Public Works.

    “This has been a goal of mine and the men of the department. We need a place where we can sharpen our skills on a daily basis so we can give the best service to our citizens,” said Daniels.

  • 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.