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  • Higher taxes draw ire of ex-officials

    It may not have been the biggest target — not if you’re looking at the bottom line, at any rate.

    But it was certainly the easiest.

    And so a handful of Kingston residents — and even one non-resident — took their turns at the microphone at the beginning of last week’s City Council session, lobbying against a proposed 9-cent property tax hike, and what they perceived to be the chief culprit in that increase, the town’s new city hall project.

  • Taking it easy on a Cruise-In afternoon

     

    Bernie Nelso of Westel can be seen checking out the offerings at the season’s first Rockwood Cruise-In through his Huckster Van window. The low-key event was situated across Homecoming Park in downtown Rockwood.

  • Gallaher boat ramp to be closed starting today

    Mofield Brothers Construction Co. LLC of Carthage, working under contract to Oak Ridge’s Public Works Department is working to complete the city’s water distribution system in the west end of Oak Ridge.

    Beginning the week of May 14, the group will be boring under the Clinch River between West Bear Creek Road in Oak Ridge and Culton Lane in Roane County.

    The boring will be for the purpose of installing a 12-inch-diameter high-density polyethylene water line.

  • Police chief’s daughter charged with burglary

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has taken over the investigation of a burglary in which the daughter of Oliver Springs Police Chief Kenneth Morgan was arrested.

    District Attorney Russell Johnson said Morgan asked him to have the TBI step in.

    A Morgan County General Sessions Court warrant said Morgan’s daughter, Caitlin Joanna Morgan, 20, of 1040 Lookout Ave., Oliver Springs, was arrested by Oliver Springs Sgt. David Laxton after he was called to a burglary in progress at 1115 Lookout Ave.

    Also arrested was Casey Gulley.

  • Collier on the mend

    Despite having gone through major surgery, Roane County Commissioner Bobby Collier hasn’t lost his sense of humor.    

    “If I don’t get back before too long, they’ll have that budget screwed up,” he quipped on Friday.

    Collier, who serves on the county budget committee, underwent heart surgery at Parkwest Medical Center in Knoxville last week.

    His sister, Roane County Commissioner Carolyn Granger, said it was touch and go at one point.  

  • Waste deep in collected household hazards

     

    JanElle Mooney sorts through hazardous waste folks brought in for recycling during the county’s recent Household Hazardous Waste Day event at the Roane County Recycling Center. Pesticides, fertilizers and herbicides were only some of the materials collected during the event.

  • Police gear up in style of military

    It’s a Hummer you see traveling down Roane Street in Harriman, but it isn’t the military doing maneuvers.

    It’s Harriman Police Department’s latest find, one of a number of practically free — or, at least, cheap — items they got from a variety of military bases including Fort Bragg,
    N.C.

    “We have had to spend really little money to get it,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

    He said he’s bought about $67,000 in gear for about $574, using drug fund money to purchase the items.

  • New lot provides more courthouse parking

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said people who can’t find a parking spot at the courthouse or county jail can use the paved lot at the Building and Codes Office.

    “That’s a public parking lot,” he said.

    The codes office is at 308 N. Third St., Kingston. The lot, which has 22 spaces, is adjacent to the jail.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: Despite differences, feelings for Mom run deep

    A few of you out there have met my mother. She’s a wonderful woman who’ll turn 77 this month, although you wouldn’t know it to look at her.
    With stunning green eyes and a big smile, she is a classic beauty who can easily pass for someone a decade or more younger.
    In fact, she hears this from people on a regular basis.
    She lives a few counties over, and treasures her clear view of the rising Smokey Mountains almost as much as the air she breathes.
    As with many daughters and mothers, ours is a complicated relationship.

  • Chief logs 25 years with Kingston police force

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    The fact that Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam is a quick study is born out by his record.
    A rookie patrolman with Kingston in 1987 at the age of 22, he made criminal investigator by 1993; shift sergeant by ’96; lieutenant by ’97; assistant chief by ’98; and became chief of the department in 2000.