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  • Paving, sidewalk repairs part of Rockwood’s no-tax-hike budget

    Rockwood residents can breathe a sigh of relief when it comes to the city’s fiscal year 2018 budget that was approved by City Council on Monday.

    “We are keeping no tax increase on this,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The city’s property tax rate is $1 per $100 of assessed value.

    “I’m tickled there is no property tax increase,” said Councilman Jason Jolly.

    The $5.2 million budget shows a beginning fund balance of $841,891.

  • Teenage girl leads police on pursuit

    A 16-year-old Rockwood girl is facing 18 charges stemming from a Sunday night pursuit with police.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Kendall Mitchell was on the lookout for a beige Chevy Impala because the suspect had reportedly taken the car without her guardian’s permission.

    “Dispatch directed me to North Chamberlain Avenue where her guardian had visual contact with her,” the report said. “I arrived there and found the suspect vehicle in the middle of the street stopped.”

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  • Roane Government a corporation?

    Roane County is on the hook for homeowners association dues for the lots it owns at The Preserve at Clinch River subdivision, according to County Attorney Greg Leffew.

    “It is my opinion that while it owns the aforesaid lots, Roane County is subject to the homeowners association assessment,” Leffew said in a May 26 letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • Is city eyeing fields?

    The Swan Pond Sports Complex could have a new lessee.

    “We have been approached by the city of Harriman of maybe taking over the operation of the Swan Pond Sports Complex,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said at last week’s Budget Committee meeting.

    Harriman Mayor Wayne Best had a different take when asked about Woody’s comments.

  • Woody: School finances ‘fragile’

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is not happy with the school system’s financial state, and he let it be known at last Thursday’s Budget Committee meeting.

    “I think your financials are very vulnerable and fragile,” he told school officials.

    The concerns come at a time when the Roane County Board of Education is looking to build a consolidated school for Harriman High, Roane County High and Rockwood High.

    The plan, which also calls for making improvements at Oliver Springs and Midway, could cost $50 million or more to execute.

  • Kingston wants RCHS building

    The city of Kingston wants a seat at the table if and when the future of Roane County High School is decided.

    If the county decides to move ahead with a plan to consolidate the Kingston school with Harriman and Rockwood high schools, the buildings might be repurposed or abandoned.

    Kingston City Council unanimously authorized City Manager David Bolling on Tuesday to send a letter to county officials expressing interest in the property.

  • Grant could help Kingston create Roane’s first dog park

    Kingston’s Fort Southwest Point could be the site of the county’s first dog park.

    The Kingston City Council voted unanimously last week to apply for the 2017 PetSafe Dog Park Grant.

    “I think this is something we can offer the citizens,” said Councilwoman Tara Stockton.

    The $25,000 grant requires no matching funds, City Manager David Bolling told the council during a recent workshop.

    Currently, the closest park like this is in Oak Ridge, he said.

  • ‘It is a good way just to give back’ Kingston Walmsley plans Dentistry From the Heart clinic

    Kingston dentist James Walmsley recognizes the serious need for dental care in Roane County, and he and his staff are excited to work with others to help.

    It’s why they are doing the Dentistry from the Heart event on July 21.

    Registration begins at 7 a.m. and services begin at 7:30. It’s first-come, first-served until around 3 p.m.

    “We’re offering extractions, fillings and cleanings. They can only choose one service,” said hygienist Jessica Swanger.

    Patients can expect a wait.