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  • ‘No tax increase whatsoever’

    Rockwood City Council approved first reading of a budget with no property tax increase at their monthly meeting on May

    22.

    “There is no tax increase in this budget whatsoever,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller when presenting the budget.

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

    Officials also have seen an improved fund balance, something that made Councilman Shane Trew feel better about voting for first reading.

  • New school likely a hard sell

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he doubts eight members of the Roane County Commission will vote to fund the Board of Education’s school plan, which calls for consolidating Harriman High, Roane County High and Rockwood High.

    “It’s consolidation,” Woody said. “It’s a big decision. Once you throw the tax increase potential on it, it makes it even tougher.”

  • Crash claims Harriman woman’s life

    A Harriman woman was killed in a car accident on Sugar Grove Valley Road Tuesday afternoon.

    The crash happened near Sugar Grove Baptist Church around 4:15 p.m. The Tennessee Highway Patrol investigated.

    According to the report, Debra Alexander was traveling west when she lost control of her 1996 BMW. She crossed the center line and struck a 2012 Hyundai driven by Nicole C. Bashant. The BMW then left the road and struck a utility pole.

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  • Perry pledges support for Oak Ridge research projects

    Department of Energy Secretary Richard Perry promised to do everything in his power to protect the Department of Energy funding during upcoming budget battles.

    Perry and Sen. Lamar Alexander toured the Oak Ridge National Lab Monday, including the Manufacturing Demonstration Facility where he viewed examples of 3D printing and other DOE technology.

    Looking around the facility at examples of additive manufacturing including parts of an excavator, a military jeep and a small submarine, Perry said he supports the research now underway.

  • County clerk among those hurt in wreck

    Roane County Clerk Barbara Anthony was among four people taken to area hospitals for treatment of injuries sustained in a four-vehicle crash in Midtown on Tuesday afternoon.

    According to 911 records, Anthony hurt her head, was suffering from chest pain and had trouble breathing. She was taken by ambulance to Methodist Medical Center, Oak Ridge.

    Anthony’s passenger, Bobbie Tipton, 67, was taken by ambulance to University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.

  • OFF the CUFF: He was The Dog God Brought Us

    Simba, King o’ the Pekes and The Absolute Best Dog in the World, went to the Rainbow Bridge at about 1:30 a.m. on a cloud-filled spring day while resting in the lap of His Amie.

    He leaves behind His Amie and His Mommy, both of whom are inconsolable.

    A white Pekingese with big eyes and a fluffy tail, he was a little dog who made a big impact.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: “He’s crazy, a real nut job!” Quoth the Donald

    Before we get into this week’s main topics we need to apprise the gentle reader of a few other matters.

    First, we owe a reply to the Rockwood young ladies who kindly wrote us a nice letter a few days ago, but we do not intend to devote less attention to that reply than the original letter merits. However, we hope to be in position to publish our reply next week, or the week following at the latest.

    Secondly, by sheer coincidence, we have encountered a couple of items bearing upon the subject of last week’s column which we thought we should mention.

  • Saturday winds take out trees, leave over 7,000 without power

    It was brief, but high winds that breezed through Saturday evening did quite a bit of damage, knocking down trees and leaving many areas without power.

    Roane County Central Dispatch had 60 calls related to the high winds, most of which were on their non-emergency number and concerned trees across roadways.

    “No one was injured due the storm. No injuries were reported to us that I was made aware of,” said Chuck Hiatt, Operations Chief of Office of Emergency Services.

  • Mega high school sure to shoot up Harriman tax rate

    Harriman residents could lose their high school and pay a higher property tax rate than others to fund a new one.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the reason can be traced back to when Harriman had its own school system. The county borrowed money for school projects, and didn’t tax the residents of Harriman.

    “When the county borrowed the money, they did not give Harriman any of the proceeds, so Harriman has never paid for this debt,” Woody said.

    The debt is in Fund 152, which the county calls Rural Debt Service.