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House may be white no more

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By Damon Lawrence

Roane County’s white house could have a new look under Ron Woody’s administration.
“I would love for somebody to donate us another color paint, so we can at least try to match the brick on the jail,” he said.
Woody takes over as Roane County executive on Sept. 1. He defeated incumbent Mike Farmer in the August election.
The white house serves as an office for codes enforcement and zoning. It is adjacent to the new jail on Third Street in Kingston.
“We may be able to get some prisoners to paint it with a different color paint if I can get somebody to donate us some,” Woody said. “Or we may spend a couple hundred bucks and buy us some paint. I don’t know.”
The white house was one of the pieces of property the county acquired to build the new jail.
Without commission approval, George Myers, the man who oversaw construction of the new jail, said Farmer later gave him permission to fix up the house so it could be used as office space.
That was an issue during the campaign for county executive.    
The race is over, but Woody is still not happy about the white house. He said it still looks like a construction zone.
“Is it finished or not finished?” Woody said. “We’ve got a black, looks like erosion-control fence around it. I don’t know if that was supposed to be there permanently or not, but we’ve got to get that thing addressed.”