Today's News

  • New shooting park opens Aug. 1

    TWRA Report

    for The Roane County News

    The Crossville Shooting Sports Park, located just north of I-40 on Albert Frye Road, will open Aug. 1 with a ribbon cutting ceremony held at 2 p.m.

    A joint effort between the TWRA and the Crossville Shooting Sports Park, a nonprofit organization promoting shooting sports for all ages, this park consists of over 150 acres.

  • New skipper at Lady Raider helm

    Roane State Release

    for The Roane County News

    David Harnish, Roane State’s new head women’s basketball coach, will hit the hardwood running as he assumes his new duties.

    But for this Colorado native, it’s a return to what he loves doing and does so well. Harnish, 60, was the coach of the Western Nebraska Community College’s women’s team for 29 years and built a remarkable career record of 764 wins and 155 losses.

  • May gets year sentence for wire fraud

    By Richard Evans

    A former employee of the Oliver Springs Housing Authority was sentenced to one year and one day in prison Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville.

    In February of this year, Melissa Eula May, 44, of Knoxville, entered a guilty plea to the charge of wire fraud.

    In addition to the time she was sentenced to in federal prison, May was also ordered to pay $149,440.02 restitution to the Oliver Springs Housing Authority.

  • County talks tax increase

    The Roane County Commission will meet in special session today – Monday – to adopt a budget and set the property tax rates for the new fiscal year.

    Debate could center around whether or not to increase the property tax rate. A few years from now the debate could be just the opposite.

    The county is projected to pay off some debt, which will create an opportunity for the Commission to give taxpayers a decrease.

    “It’s about 16 cents in two years,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Park along river to maximize recreation

    A meeting at the Kingston Community Center Tuesday offered a chance for the community to learn more and provide feedback about the Tennessee Riverline Project.

    Roane County has been selected as one of five pilot communities for the project, which involves the development of a multi-model trail, not unlike the Appalachian Trail, following the length of the Tennessee River from Knoxville to Paducah, Ky.

    Riverline Acting Director Brad Collett described the project as the creation of a 652-mile long park along the river.

  • Rockin’ good time and more coming to Roane

    For those looking for summer entertainment, Roane County has plenty to offer.


    (well ... sorta)

    Dressed to Kill, a KISS tribute band, will be performing at the Princess Theatre at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. Tickets are $20 and are available at Earl Duff Subaru and Roane Street Grill in Harriman. They can also be purchased online at www.dressedtokill.brownpapertickets.com.

    Concessions — popcorn, sodas, water, chips and candy — will be available at the show.


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  • Moore, Gann not in wrong for supporting DOE waste facility

    Roane County Commissioners Stanley Moore and Ben Gann did nothing wrong by voting for a resolution supporting the U.S. Department of Energy’s Environmental Management Disposal Facility in Central Bear Creek Valley near Y-12, according to the District Attorney General.

    An Oak Ridge woman accused Moore and Gann of having a conflict of interest with regard to the vote.

  • Harriman to hold budget workshop, first reading of FY 19-20 budget

    By Richard Evans

    The Harriman City Council will have a workshop and special called meeting Tuesday for the discussion and possible approval of the first reading of the proposed fiscal year 2019-2020 budget.

    The workshop will begin at 5 p.m. and the special called meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.

    Both meetings will be held in the city municipal complex at 609 Roane Street.

    A legal notice concerning the special called meeting was published in Friday’s edition of the Roane County News.