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  • SmartSource coupons return to the paper

    Few products offer individuals the opportunity to save more than they spend. Starting July 15, the Roane County News will give readers this opportunity with the return of SmartSource coupons.

    Inside the Roane County News each week, readers will find a coupon package regularly valued at approximately $75 or more in savings through manufacturer, retail and restaurant coupons. Subscribers will usually find they can recoup the cost of a subscription in just one week of coupon savings.

  • County ambulance burns

    A county ambulance caught on fire Sunday at Roane Medical Center.  

    “No one was hurt,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It was put out real quick by the Harriman Fire Department.”

    Woody said the fire wasn’t inside the ambulance, but underneath the chassis.

    He said they believe the ambulance had a faulty air conditioner, which caused the fire.

  • Pot plot found, eradicated

    A marijuana-growing operation was discovered on Monday by a helicopter working with the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradication.

    Jason Poore, the east team leader for the task force, said the marijuana plants were spread out over five locations South of the River.

    About 2,470 plants ranging in height from 8 inches to 10 feet were discovered.

    “Some of it had probably been out there for two and a half months,” Poore said. “It was still about a month or more from being ready to harvest.”

  • Credit debt dwindling, but still a big problem

    While a recent study indicates that overall credit card debt has declined over the last year, with average cardholder debt still topping $6,500, paying off balances is an ongoing struggle for many consumers.
    A person with $6,500 in credit card debt at an 18-percent interest rate will take 25 years to pay off their debt if they only make the minimum monthly payments.
    In addition to the $6,500 principal, cardholders will pay an additional $9,173 in interest, meaning that $6,500 in purchases will cost the consumer $15,673.

  • RSCC Youth Leadership Academy teaches students important lessons

    Effective leadership requires organization, a commitment to teamwork and an open mind.
    Students participating in the Roane County Youth Leadership Academy at Roane State Community College were taught these lessons and many others during the weeklong program in June.
    The six rising high school seniors participated in classroom discussions about leadership and in numerous exercises designed to teach them to work together.

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  • Oak Ridgers, Harriman leaders oppose tax hike

    An Oak Ridge resident with a home appraised at $100,000 will pay an additional $16.23 in taxes if a property tax rate increase is approved by the Roane County Commission.  

    “The people that I’ve talked to don’t feel that we get our money’s worth in services,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.

    “The people in the Oak Ridge portion of Roane County do all their business in Oak Ridge.”

  • Water-rate decision may come Friday

    The 30-percent water-rate increases talked about for Rockwood customers will go into effect Aug. 1 if a resolution is approved at special-called meetings this week.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board will meet in special-called session at 7 p.m. today, July 11, to discuss approval of the rate increase and the 2011-12 budget.

    Rockwood City Council has scheduled a special-called meeting for 4 p.m. July 15 for the same purpose.

  • Rockwood police make drug arrests

    Crack cocaine was allegedly found on a Rockwood man already wanted on drug charges.

    According to an arrest report, a Rockwood police officer saw Elvin Landis Witherspoon walking in Evans Heights on Thursday.

    The report said Witherspoon, 30, was arrested after the officer was advised of his active warrants for drug charges.

    “Upon taking subject into custody, he advised he had a $20 rock in his left pocket,” the report said. “I removed it and he stated that it was crack cocaine.”