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Today's News

  • Kingston says no property tax increase

    Kingston’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2019/2020 will be balanced with no tax increase and no water rate increase.

    This is the fourth year in a row the general fund budget has been balanced without a tax increase. For the second consecutive year, the operational budget is not balanced with a contribution from the fund balance.

    That’s the good news.

    The problem, according to City Manager David Bolling, is that it is getting harder and harder to balance the budget on flat revenue.

  • Roadway closures continue

    Roane County is looking to borrow up to $10 million to fix the road damage caused by February’s rains.

    “Hopefully we wouldn’t be going that high, but we don’t really know,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The Roane County Commission must approve the borrowing.

  • Two new members join DOE’s environmental advisory board

    The U.S. Department of Energy recently appointed Nannan Jiang and Harriett McCurdy to its Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management’s citizen advisory board.

    The Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides independent advice and recommendations to OREM, which is responsible for the cleanup of the Oak Ridge Reservation. The new members were introduced at the board’s February meeting.

  • America’s small businesses win and will thrive under new trade agreement

    By Karen Kerrigan

    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) was signed by President Trump and his fellow leaders at the G20 in Argentina.

    The accord modernizes the decades-old NAFTA and is chock full of provisions that will help American small businesses boost exports and safeguard their intellectual property.

    Congress needs to approve this new agreement as soon as possible.

  • Truck driver shortage affecting business

    While traversing the nation’s highways, drivers may not realize they are in the company of people who help keep the country’s economy flowing smoothly.

    The various trucks seen on the roadway are crucial economic components, as are the drivers.

    As vital as they are, truck drivers are now in short supply, with some citing an aging workforce, high turnover rates, increased freight demand, and “lifestyle priorities” that can make other industries seem more attractive to would-be drivers.

  • Board falls for McFall

    The Roane County Board of Education selected Coffee County Director of Schools LaDonna McFall to be the next director of schools for Roane County.

    She was picked by a 6-4 margin Wednesday night over Limestone County, Ala., Superintendent Thomas Sisk.

    “I thought we had two good candidates and I think she’ll do a good job,” Board Member Vic King said.

    Rob Jago, Mike “Brillo” Miller, Larry Brackett, Danny Wright, Hugh Johnson and Mike Taylor voted for McFall.

  • A RING OF TRUTH

    A series of coincidences and a few good people turned a sad story about a lost wedding ring into an inspirational story with a happy ending.

    It all started when Janet Bruce arrived from New Hampshire to visit with friends in Harriman. After a cold New England winter she was enjoying the spring-like weather conditions in East Tennessee.

    On the day before she was to return to New Hampshire Bruce decided to take a walk around Roane County Park.

  • Wilson’s federal child porn case still pending

    The federal case against an alleged child pornographer is still pending.

    David Tyler Wilson of Oliver Springs was scheduled to stand trial on Feb. 27, but the trial got postponed after his attorney filed a motion to continue.

    The new trial date is May 7.

    Wilson, 24, is charged in federal court with two counts of production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

  • Broadband group continues push for Roane expansion

    By Richard Evans

    Roane County Citizens for Broadband, a community organization that has helped lead the fight for broadband internet, is transitioning into a new organization called ROANEnet.

    ROANEnet is in the process of becoming a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. The purpose of the group will be to apply for grants and seek donations to help not only bring high speed internet access to the area, but perhaps even help educate people on how to use it once it is delivered.

  • Pemberton new Rockwood judge

    By Richard Evans

    The Rockwood City Council approved the appointment of Dana Scott Pemberton as city judge at their meeting last month.

    Pemberton will fill out the remainder of the term of the late Judge James “Jim” Smith, who passed away unexpectedly in March. The term ends on Nov. 30, 2022.

    “We knew we had to get someone in place with the credentials to get it done,” said Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.