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  • Tax evader asked to resign

    A Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas Board member has been asked to step down following charges of sales tax evasion in August.

    William Edward “Eddie” Lee entered a guilty plea to three counts of sales tax evasion for each of his three businesses: Big E’s Quick Mart, Go-Mart in Harriman, and Big E’s Tobacco Outlet in Kingston for the period between January 2006 and December 2008.

    Lee was put on eight years probation and granted judicial diversion but must pay the state $280,752.52 in restitution — or $3,000 per month.

  • Pauper burial proposal on hold for now

    A resolution that called for Roane County to “appropriate money to pay for pauper burials/cremations” was deferred to County Attorney Tom McFarland.

    Commissioners made the move at Monday night’s regular meeting.  

  • Assistant prosecutor promoted

    Assistant District Attorney General Frank Harvey has been elevated to the position of deputy district attorney general.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said the promotion recognizes Harvey’s 30 years of service as a prosecutor with the Ninth Judicial District Attorney General’s Office.

    The district includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

  • Kingston rejected on housing money request, will try again

    Kingston Council learned that the city’s latest Community Development Block Grant request was rejected, but that there’s hope that it may be tweaked and successfully resubmitted at the beginning of 2013.

    The city applied for a $500,000 CDBG grant earlier this year from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    The housing rehab grant would have been used for fixing low-income homes in the Byrd Circle area; 22 of 38 homes on Byrd Circle reportedly submitted applications for rehab.

  • Roane looks at ‘pauper burials’

    A resolution that asks Roane County to “appropriate money to pay for pauper burials/cremations” is on the agenda for the commission’s meeting today – Monday.
    County Executive Ron Woody said the county has been paying Davis Funeral Home in Harriman to cremate “indigents” at the request of Medical Examiner William Bennett.
    “Various commissioners have asked why have we paid one funeral home and the other ones may have had indigents, too, and they’ve not been given that same opportunity,” Woody said.  

  • Councilman has dreams for Kingston

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Think of Kingston City Councilman Don White as a sort of salty country-boy version of Frank Sinatra, with strains of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ most famous recording lilting in the background.
    “Just like that song “My Way”,” said White, relaxing in the sunroom of his comfortable home off West Race Street. “I’ve done my whole life that way—my way.”

  • RWSG has extra to help the needy

    A Rockwood Water Sewer and Natural Gas program designed to help the less fortunate with their gas bills during the winter months hasn’t seen any disbursement of funds since March, but it’s not for lack of trying.
    RWSG manager Kim Ramsey said the Warm Thoughts Program has a significant balance. As of August, the balance was over $36,000.

  • Morgan suit gets new court date

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan’s lawsuit against the Villages of Center Farm L.P. has a new trial date. It had been scheduled for the last week of September in Roane County Circuit Court, but Morgan asked for a continuance.
    The new trial date is Jan. 24.
    Morgan claims the Villages of Center Farm L.P. is responsible for an ankle injury he suffered in 2006.

  • Cobb enters not guilty plea; burglar nabbed

    According to an incident report from the Rhea County Sheriff’s Department, Wanda Sue Goins told police she thought District 31 state Rep. Jim Cobb was going to hit her on Aug. 2.
    Cobb, R-Spring City, lost to Ron Travis in the Republican Primary that day. The district includes a portion of Roane County.
    According to the report, Goins was sitting in her wheel chair when she encountered Cobb at a polling place.

  • Haunted maze proceeds help Roane animal shelter

    Folks can have a great time while donating to a good cause at the Roane County Haunted Corn Maze, which is adjacent to the Roane State Softball Field.
    All proceeds will go to the Roane County Animal Shelter, which is one of the sponsors of the maze. Other sponsors include Roane County Parks and Recreation, The Roane Alliance, Roane County Extension Office and Roane State Community College.