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  • TVA Swan Pond auction in July

    J.P. King of Gadsden, Ala., is handling the auction of TVA properties in Swan Pond.

    The TVA board of directors approved the auction of 62 parcels along Emory River Road earlier this month.

    TVA acquired the properties following the Dec. 22, 2008, ash spill at the agency’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    Ric Perez, a senior vice president of shared services for TVA, told the board that TVA staff is convinced returning the parcels to private ownership is the best thing to do.

    The 62 parcels cover about 77 acres. Twenty-three have houses on them.

  • OS High principal retiring

    Oliver Springs High School will have a new principal next school year.

    Principal Jeff Woods is retiring.

    “We kept trying to talk him into staying,” Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “He’s a super individual. We’re certainly going to miss him.”

    Aytes said Woods has been at Oliver Springs High School for 30 years. He took over the principal’s job there in 2004.

    “Mr. Woods is a great guy,” Board of Education Member Sam Cox said. “I hate to see him retire.”

  • Property values drop about 6 percent

    The 2015 reappraisal is still not complete, but officials have an idea how much property values are down in Roane County compared to 2010.

    “The last data I have reflects about a 6 percent,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    There was widespread talk that properties were way overvalued during the 2010 reappraisal and the county could see as much as a 30-percent drop this year. Woody said the 2015 numbers he’s seen so far don’t bear that out.

  • BRIDGE EROSION AT LON MEE

    The swirling waters of the Emory River are slowly eroding the supports at the Lon Mee Bridge on Pansy Hill Road.

    Harriman city officials are seeking a federal grant in hopes of taking counteractive measures.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Highway Bridge Scour Plan of Action Report from April 2014, the bridge is “scour critical.”

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  • Judge seat to be on 2016 ballot?

    The Ninth Judicial District criminal court judge wasn’t supposed to be on the ballot next August, but that could change.

    Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen said Monday that he plans to retire at the end of the year.

    If that happens, it could trigger a chain of events that includes a gubernatorial appointment and a special election in August 2016 to fill out the term.

  • Kingston to rebid greenway amenities

    Some highly anticipated upgrades to Kingston’s Ladd Landing Greenway are moving forward, but how the project will shake out is still unknown.

    The addition of an array of amenities at the greenway is being rebid after the sole bid in the first round was well above what Kingston had budgeted.

    Councilman Tony Brown was especially outspoken on the project at a Kingston City Council meeting this month.

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  • Old papermill buildings going down

    Harriman officials decided against keeping several buildings at the former papermill property.

    “If we decide to keep any of the buildings in the future ... if we (later) decide to demolish them … it would be our responsibility,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt.

    Removing all the old buildings now would place the costs on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Mead Westvaco cleanup, which is ongoing at the property.

    Earlier this year, the EPA asked the city for guidance on what to do with a few of the buildings.

  • PAVING A PRIORITY IN BUDGET

    Harriman officials have taken the first steps in the budget process.

    City Manager Kevin Helms said department heads have made their proposals to city officials. Not surprisingly, the wish list of expenditures outpace projected revenues.

    “We are trying to put our recommendation together on what should be included,” Helms said.