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  • Rarity auction could net county back taxes

    The auction of properties in Rarity Ridge subdivision could be a good thing for Roane County.

    The county’s back-tax attorney, Dick Evans, said buyers will be obligated to pay any unpaid property taxes on the property.   

    Those taxes, which together add up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, have gone unpaid for years.

    “The taxes will be paid,” Evans said. “That’s going to happen. I don’t know when, but they will be paid.”

  • Bruner reinstatement official

    The reinstatement of Harriman attorney Spence R. Bruner is now official.

    The Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee officially announced the attorney was reinstated by order of the Tennessee Supreme Court on April 25 in a recent news release.

    His attorney, Chris Cawood, said last month that it took a panel of the Board of Professional Responsibility about five minutes before recommending Bruner be reinstated.

  • Harriman man charged with murder

    A Roane County man is jailed in Sevier County on a first-degree murder charge.
    Gatlinburg police responded to a 911 call at Gatlinburg Town Square around 11:05 p.m. on May 10.
    Derek Ogle was found at the scene stabbed when police arrived.
    Ogle, 27, was transported to LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, where he was pronounced dead.
    Anthony Richards of Harriman has been charged with Ogle’s murder.
    Police said Richards, 26, was taken into custody at the scene. He is being held at the Sevier County Jail on a $1 million bond.  

  • Mister Ellis goes to Washington

    Roane County Commissioner Randy Ellis spent some time in Washington, D.C., earlier this month to let officials there know his stance on coal ash.    
    “Obviously that issue is pretty close to me and my constituents in the Swan Pond area,” Ellis said.
    The Swan Pond community was impacted by what has been called one of the worst environmental disasters in history.
    On Dec. 22, 2008, a dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant released more than 5 million cubic yards of ash into the environment.

  • Students stuck in elevator saved by fire dept.

    It wasn’t a prank.
    The Kingston Fire Department responded to a call to Roane County High School Thursday morning after four students got stuck in an elevator.
    It didn’t take long; the fire department is just a block from the school.
    Fire Chief Willie Gordon said they arrived on scene quickly and got the students out in about a minute.
    “I’d say they were probably in the elevator for no more than 10 minutes,” Gordon said.

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  • Storms, fuel prices burn up road funds

    Roane County Road Superintendent Tom Hamby is having to transfer $20,000 from his hot mix budget to his diesel fuel budget.

    That means less money for patching and paving roads.

    Hamby said bad weather coupled with higher fuel prices have taken a toll on the fuel budget this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

    “This has been the worst year I’ve had in several years with storms,” he said.

    Storms during the winter led to more work because of snow and ice on the roads.

  • Kingston sounds July 4th funding alarm

    Every year, Kingston must go begging to raise money for its annual fireworks show.

    This year, officials are really feeling the fizzle of the economy as they set out to raise the thousands of dollars needed for the event.

    “We’re the lowest we’ve been in seven years,” said Rick Ross, the city’s parks and recreation director. “We streamlined the event and made it lower cost for everybody, but it still costs money.”