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Today's News

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ad says vote NO on the Taliban amendment!

    Gentle reader, if you are like us, you have never before heard of “Tennesseans for Preservation of Personal Privacy, Inc.,”  but we stand in awe of their “maiden” advertising effort against Proposed Amendment 1, to be voted upon in the November general election. 

    In case you missed it, the ad we refer to ran on page 15A of the Knoxville News Sentinel dated Sunday, 25 May, 2014, in which it takes up three-quarters of the page. 

  • Rockwood mayor says proposed new budget free of surprises

    Rockwood will be considering final passage of a fiscal year 2015 budget that includes a 5-cent property tax increase at its meeting Monday, June 9, at 6 p.m. 

    The property tax proposal would raise taxes from 95 cents per $100 valuation to $1 per $100 valuation. Other than that and a 2 percent raise for city employees, Mayor James Watts said there are few big items that a future administration would have to deal with.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Proposed new superhero may surprise you

    I’m happy to report I got all of my tomatoes — 14 plants’ worth — in the ground before Memorial Day this year. 

    I can’t remember all of their names, but I made acquaintance with Mr. Stripey, Yellow Pear and Cherokee Purple among the heirloom varieties, and Yellow, Big and Better Boys among the hybrids. 

    With all of these plants, I hope to show something for my effort come harvest time.

  • United Way director familiar to many

    Dina Jackson has tackled grants and other projects while working for Harriman, but she’ll soon be leaving the city to take on a new role. 

    Jackson was named the new director of the Roane County United Way this week.

  • Schools again seek tax hike

    School system business manager Eric Harbin told the Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee to expect a request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.  

    “We’re still pretty much in the same spot as we were last year,” Harbin told the committee on May 27. 

    Last year, the Roane County Board of Education requested a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate. 

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety and safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in June.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of June 8 on Hwy. 328 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    A driver license roadside safety checkpoint will be on the week of June 15 on Hwy. 70 at Caney Creek Road.

    During the driver license checkpoint, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.

  • Register today for Canning College

    Roane County University of Tennessee Extension will conduct a three-session Canning College this month.

    Classes will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Thursday from June 12-26 in Roane County United Way, Midtown.

    Those wishing to participate are asked to register by June 10 by calling 376-5558.

    The $50 fee covers cost of ingredients, supplies, a food preservation book and at least one take-home item prepared in each class session.

    Justin Thomas, UT Extension agent, will conduct the class.

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods this month.

    The distribution for Roane County recipients will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 19 in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    All commodity food recipients should be certified before the deadline date.

    Those receiving the foods are advised to bring a bag to in which to carry the food.

    All recipients must pick up their commodities or arrange to have them picked up.

  • Roane Writers Group to have fundraising gala

    Roane Writers Group will have its fundraising gala from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 in Rockwood Events Center in downtown Rockwood.

    The venue offers a raised stage with theater lighting, dining and dancing areas for up to 300.

    A silent auction, food, a variety of beverages and music will be featured during the gala.

    All proceeds from the event will benefit the group’s annual Roane County Student Writing Contest awards and scholarships.

    Contact B.J. Gillum at bjgillum@comcast.net or 354-8658 for more information.

  • Legislators applaud Janelle Arthur

    State Rep. Kent Calfee sponsored a resolution in the last Tennessee General Assembly session to honor Oliver Springs’ Janelle Arthur for her success in the music industry.

    Arthur finished in the top 5 of the 12th season of “American Idol,” a FOX-TV talent-show-style program, in 2013.