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  • Yager bill eliminates balloon debt

    The next time Roane County has a major construction project to undertake, it won’t be able to delay making principal payments like it did on the new jail.

    The county now has a policy in place to prevent such delays. But even if it didn’t, state law might not allow it.

    The Anti-Kicking the Can Act that went into effect on July 1 requires local governments to get approval from the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office before issuing balloon indebtedness.

    The bill was sponsored by state Sen. Ken Yager, a Roane County resident.

  • That’s a whole lot of hole
  • INSIDE the FIRST AMENDMENT: What’s up with media in Missouri?

    What in the heck is going on with the police in Ferguson, Mo., and journalists?

    The St. Louis suburb has been the scene of peaceful protests and charged emotions, and nightly chaos and rampant looting, following the Aug. 9 shooting death of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer identified Friday as the man who shot and killed Brown.

    In the confusion and violence of the first nights of violence, journalists first reported being ordered away from where rioting occurred or barred from entering the city.

  • UPDATE — Victim in officer-involved shooting dead; name released

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that a woman was killed in a Tuesday afternoon Harriman shooting that involved a Roane County sheriff’s deputy and Harriman police officer.

    Miranda Michelle Guy, 28, of Harriman, was killed in the shooting, said Susan Niland, TBI public information officer. The law-enforcement officials' names involved are unknown as of late Tuesday afternoon.

  • Election Signed, sealed, certified

    The Roane County Election Commission certified the results of the Aug. 7 election on Friday.

    Ann Goldston was still the winner over Sarah Stewart in the circuit court clerk’s race.

    “The election is certified,” Chairman Lowell “Pete” Malmquist declared.

    “Not everyone was happy, but that’s elections.”

    The unofficial results released by the commission on election night showed Stewart was the winner of the clerk’s race.

  • Who gets TVA funds for public image?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    TVA’s proposal to distribute $1 million in public image repair funds doesn’t have the support of the Roane County Commission.

    A resolution on the Aug. 11 agenda to accept the proposal was deferred. The commission also instructed County Executive Ron Woody to research the matter and write a letter to TVA.

    The funds are part of the $43 million TVA made available to Roane County and its communities to make amends for the ash spill that occurred at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Little uproar over tax increase

    The Roane County Board of Education’s request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate didn’t get a nod from the Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee on Thursday.

    The committee voted to send the request to the full 15-member commission without a recommendation.

    When County Executive Ron Woody, who chairs the budget committee, asked for a motion on the tax increase, the committee was silent until Bobby Collier spoke up.

  • Mayors on 3 city ballots in November

    From staff reports

    One down, one to go.

    As the Roane County Election Commission certified the results of the Aug. 7 county election on Friday, its members and staff are gearing up for the Nov. 4 election.

    And it promises to be a big one — not only are Roane Countians deciding on state and federal races, residents of three cities will be choosing some of the officials who will run those municipalities over the next four years.

  • Cool expansion for Blue Bell in Roane

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Business has been good for Blue Bell Creameries since it entered the East Tennessee market. The ice cream company’s distribution center in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park is proof of that.

    What was once a 1,500-square foot facility is now a 12,500-square foot facility thanks to a recently completed expansion.

  • Harriman budget up for approval

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman City Council is planning second and final reading of the city’s budget this week.

    The budget, set for final reading at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, so far doesn’t have a property tax increase.

    “We’ll try to limp on,” Mayor Chris Mason said. “I’m not going to propose one.”

    Officials are proud to say they’ve not raised taxes, but some like Mason said it is coming eventually.