https://www.roanecounty.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Snodgrass at helm of Rhapsody in Blue Band https://www.roanecounty.com/content/snodgrass-helm-rhapsody-blue-band <img src="https://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/062118_snodgrass_03.jpg" alt="New Harriman High School Rhapsody in Blue Band Director David Snodgrass chats with his band members." title="New Harriman High School Rhapsody in Blue Band Director David Snodgrass chats with his band members." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Harriman High School&rsquo;s Rhapsody in Blue marching band has a new director.</p> <p> David Snodgrass is now taking the helm.</p> <p> The Middle Tennessee State University graduate is hoping to expand on the talented crew he has.</p> <p> &ldquo;I definitely want to grow this band. I know it will start at the middle school level, getting more middle school students involved,&rdquo; he said.</p> <p> Snodgrass is bringing some flavor to this year&rsquo;s marching season.</p> Meet the candidates https://www.roanecounty.com/content/meet-candidates <p> People interested in the Aug. 2 election crammed into a conference room at Rockwood Electric Utility on Tuesday to hear from candidates seeking office.</p> <p> The forum was hosted by Rockwood 2000 and moderated by Jamie Jordan.</p> <p> &ldquo;This is terrific,&rdquo; Jordan said about the crowd that turned out. &ldquo;Thank you guys for coming to this.&rdquo;</p> <p> Each candidate was allowed to make an opening statement before answering questions that were submitted to organizers before the forum.</p> Early voting starts today https://www.roanecounty.com/content/early-voting-starts-today <p> Take advantage of early voting.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s the message from Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway.</p> <p> &ldquo;You never know what the weather is going to be like on Election Day,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;If they have the opportunity to vote early, I&rsquo;d advise them to do that.&rdquo;</p> <p> Early voting for the Aug. 2 election starts today &ndash; Friday &ndash; and runs through July 28.</p> <p> &ldquo;A Tennessee or federal photo ID is all they need,&rdquo; Holiway said.</p> $67M SCHOOL PLAN NOT IN NEW BUDGET https://www.roanecounty.com/content/67m-school-plan-not-new-budget <img src="https://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/070918_commission_02.jpg" alt="A standing-room-only crowd in the Qualls Commission Room at the courthouse waits for the Roane County Commission to take action on the 2018-19 budget. Uppermost in most of the residents’ minds was the $67 million school plan, which many believed would come before the Commission for funding in the form of a property-tax increase." title="A standing-room-only crowd in the Qualls Commission Room at the courthouse waits for the Roane County Commission to take action on the 2018-19 budget. Uppermost in most of the residents’ minds was the $67 million school plan, which many believed would come before the Commission for funding in the form of a property-tax increase." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Commissioners who support the Roane County Board of Education&rsquo;s $67 million building plan sat silent when the property tax rates for the 2018-19 fiscal year came up for discussion at Monday&rsquo;s meeting.</p> <p> They could have moved to raise the rates to generate funding for the plan, but none did.</p> <p> Commissioner Darryl Meadows said it came down to simple math.</p> <p> &ldquo;The votes just aren&rsquo;t there,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s that simple.&rdquo;</p> Teen back to juvenile court on murder charge https://www.roanecounty.com/content/teen-back-juvenile-court-murder-charge <p> The case of a teen who shot and killed his sister&rsquo;s boyfriend is returning to juvenile court.</p> <p> Jacob Kinney&rsquo;s second-degree murder juvenile case was transferred to Roane County Criminal Court last year, but a grand jury failed to indict him on that charge, instead going for a lesser charge of reckless homicide.</p> <p> District Attorney General Russell Johnson said that is not one of the transferable charges from juvenile court, and the defense argued the case should be sent back to juvenile court.</p> Serial burglar arrested five days into 60-day furlough https://www.roanecounty.com/content/serial-burglar-arrested-five-days-60-day-furlough <img src="https://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/070218_fink_02.jpg" alt="Tim Fink attempts to hide his face from the camera during his July 2 sentencing hearing for a string of burglaries he committed. " title="Tim Fink attempts to hide his face from the camera during his July 2 sentencing hearing for a string of burglaries he committed. " align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> Serial burglar Timothy Fink&rsquo;s 60-day furlough has been revoked. The move came following his arrest on Saturday for violation of probation.</p> <p> &ldquo;The offender tested positive for opiates on July 6, 2018 and signed a self-admission form,&rdquo; the violation of probation warrant states.</p> <p> Fink, 37, pleaded guilty in 17 separate burglary cases in March. Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced him to 12 years in prison on July 2, but gave him 60 days before he had to report to start serving the sentence.</p> CUTTING HORSES https://www.roanecounty.com/content/cutting-horses <img src="https://www.roanecounty.com/sites/www.roanecounty.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/070718_horses_08.jpg" alt="The East Tennessee Cutting Horse Association had a competition at the Expo Center on the grounds of Roane State Community College on Friday and Saturday. Cutting horses work in tandem with their riders to handle cattle and are judged on their skills in two and a half minutes." title="The East Tennessee Cutting Horse Association had a competition at the Expo Center on the grounds of Roane State Community College on Friday and Saturday. Cutting horses work in tandem with their riders to handle cattle and are judged on their skills in two and a half minutes." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /> Presentation to address Poplar Springs project https://www.roanecounty.com/content/presentation-address-poplar-springs-project <p> Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson will be hosting a presentation on the Poplar Creek project on July 25 at Dyllis Springs Elementary School in Oliver Springs.</p> <p> The presentation, which will begin at noon, will be hosted by Collier Engineering.</p> <p> Lunch will be provided.</p> <p> After the presentation, attendees will be able to travel to the Poplar Creek location for a site inspection.</p>