Today's News

  • Wading Through the Numbers: What do I get for my taxes?

    Roane County recently approved the 2020 budget along with supporting the tax resolution. The tax resolution included a 4 percent increase in property tax which was 11 cents.

    One penny (rural taxpayers only) of $70,000 was pledged to the volunteer fire departments and the balance of 10 cent went to pay debt service payments.

    Government grew in operational cost of $70,000 for support of the Rural Fire Protection.

  • Roane Academy escape prompts action

    A recent escape at Roane Academy has prompted officials to schedule a meeting of the Roane County Commission’s ad hoc committee on Roane Academy.

    “It’s very discouraging,” Commissioner Darryl Meadows said about the escape. “I’m not happy about it, and we got to find out what caused the problem.”

    Roane Academy is located in the Roane County Industrial Park. The facility houses troubled youths for the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

  • Scammers trick Rockwood man with computer virus repair scheme

    Phone scammers reportedly duped a Rockwood man out of thousands of dollars.

    William Carroll, the alleged victim, spoke with Rockwood Police Department Detective Josh Rymer about the scam on Aug. 1.

    “Carroll purchased a new computer on or about July 18,” the report said. “Shortly after he received a message on the computer saying that he had been ‘hacked’ and provided a number to call for assistance.”

    When Carroll called the number, a man on the other end answered and identified himself as an employee of Microsoft.

  • Speak up on TVA landfill

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is inviting the public to comment on TVA’s application for a permit to build a Phase II landfill at its Kingston Fossil Plant to store coal combustion residuals.

    “The landfill will be comprised of four cells constructed adjacent to the Phase I landfill,” the Corps of Engineers said in its public notice about the project. “The landfill will provide additional storage capacity for CCR (coal combustion residuals) generated from steam electric power production at the Kingston Fossil Plant.”

  • Man charged with passing fake bills at Zaxby’s

    A second person is facing an indictment for allegedly passing fake $100 bills at Zaxby’s restaurant in Harriman.

    Artaveus D. Dawson, 35, is charged with three counts of criminal simulation. He’s accused of using the fake $100 bills at the restaurant in August of 2018.

    The Roane County grand jury indicted Dawson in June. He was picked up in Anderson County on July 28 and transported to the Roane County Jail for booking. He was still in custody there on Friday.

    Dawson is also charged with failure to appear and violation of probation/parole.

  • Barry arrested for ditching court date for alleged sex crime charge

    Rockwood police arrested a man who was wanted for allegedly not showing up in court on a sex crime charge.

    According to the report, Sgt. Jason Halliburton was contacted by the District Attorney General’s Office last month regarding Charles Wayne Barry.

    “Mr. Barry was said to have an arrest warrant out of criminal court in Roane County for failure to appear on a charge of aggravated statutory rape,” the report said.

  • Commission struggles with electronic voting

    The Roane County Commission employed the use of its new electronic voting system during last week’s special-called meeting.

    There were some snags so Chairman Randy Ellis decided to stop using it during the meeting and revert to voice votes.

    “This is the first time we’ve ever used the new system during a meeting,” he said. “It’s going to take a while to get the glitches worked out of it.”

  • Kingston’s tax hike may go

    The Kingston City Council will have the opportunity to pass a balanced 2019-2020 budget and put money aside for roads without the need for a tax increase.

    An unexpected windfall of about $80,000 in new revenue will be discussed during the Tuesday, Aug. 6, council workshop, according to City Manager David Bolling.

    The money comes from taxes paid by businesses in the Midtown area annexed by Kingston but claimed by Harriman on the tax rolls. The state recently decided in favor of Kingston in a dispute over which municipality should receive the tax revenue.