Nov 16 2016
07:42 am

It's difficult to get crucial information out to the public these days. There is no organization, public or private, that shoulders the duty to get this done. What we currently have is noise and corporate news. To help with this problem we will try to step up but we could use everyone's help. Let us know about information you feel is important to Roane Countians. For now here is the official announcement banning outdoor burning of all kinds.

On Monday, November 14, 2016 Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam issued a proclamation declaring a regional ban on burning in 51 counties in response to the ongoing drought and destructive wildfires throughout Middle and East Tennessee.

Effective immediately, residents in counties covered by the regional ban are not permitted to conduct any open-air burning. The ban includes campfires, and burning of brush, vegetation, household waste or construction debris. The ban will remain in effect until December 15. The counties under the ban are listed below.

A violation of a burn ban is punishable as a Class A misdemeanor which carries a fine of $2,500 and/or up to 11 months, 29 days in jail.

Here's the zoomed in view of the state fire alert map that your tax dollars pay for. This would be a mediocre presentation in 2004. With today's web graphics there is no excuse for this kind of lousy work.


Exceptional Drought

Parts of Roane are now at D4 (Exceptional Drought) with the rest of the county at D3 (Extreme Drought).


50% chance of rain tonight, 30% tomorrow. Good luck.

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