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  • Kingston focuses on unkempt property

    Kingston resident Jack Muecke has made his disdain for overgrown lots, unmaintained homes and other eyesores well known to local authorities.

    The longtime resident, whose family name and roots go back to the early days of Kingston, may see some improvement soon.

    City officials recently launched legal proceedings to raze an empty house at 514 Spring St.  just across from Roane County High School.

    Until a few years ago, the house was locally renowned for its tall, manicured hedges and overall tidiness.

  • Industrial development budget explained

    Former Roane County executive GeraldLargen has questioned the $2.5 million for industrial development in the 2011-12 county budget.

    “Do you wonder just exactly what we are going to get for this multi-million dollar expenditure of our tax money?” Largen asked in his recent Lick Skillet column that appears weekly in the Roane County News.

    On Tuesday, current Roane County Executive Ron Woody provided some answers about where the money comes from and where it goes.

  • Lawyer may appeal foreclosure decision

    Kingston attorney Dick Evans said he’s considering filing an appeal with the Tennessee Supreme Court over a decision made by the Court of Appeals.

    The appeals court ruled that a notice of foreclosure can be printed in a newspaper that is not located in the county where the foreclosure sale is taking place.

    Evans represented Earl and Irinia Thacker in their lawsuit against Shapiro & Kirsch LLP.

    The Thackers owned property in Roane County that Shapiro & Kirsch hawked at a foreclosure sale on March 8, 2007.

  • Ambulance rate hike considered

    Ambulance service could cost more in the future.

    Roane County officials are considering increasing the rates.  

    “We’re waiting on some stuff from Medicare,” County Commission Chairman James Brummett said during a recent public meeting. “Soon as we get this there will be a meeting and then I think there will be a recommendation to raise rates.”

    Commissioners have gone down this road once already this year.

    A resolution to increase the rates failed 8-7 in February.  

  • Audit: No accounting problems found with area drug task force

    Auditors found no problems in their recent review of the Ninth Judicial District Drug Task Force, which includes Roane, Loudon, Meigs and Morgan counties.

    The review was conducted by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Division of County Audit.

    “Obviously we’re glad,” District Attorney General Russell Johnson said.

    Not having audit findings is something Johnson, who is over the task force, has emphasized since he took office in 2006.

  • Coming soon: Roane County’s Amazing Corn Maze

    With autumn lurking around the corner, quintessential, fall-festive corn mazes have already been mapped out and planted.
    Roane County will feature a corn maze for residents and visitors to enjoy. The anticipated opening date in mid to late August.
    The winding trail will be on 5  acres adjacent to Roane State Community College’s baseball field and is shaped to wish Roane State a happy birthday.
    Coinciding with the college’s 40th anniversary, the corn maze will also be one of the highlights at the school’s bash on Nov. 5.

  • New clean air rules will help improve health in Tennessee

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finalized additional Clean Air Act protections that will slash hundreds of thousands of tons of smokestack emissions that travel long distances, threatening the health of hundreds of millions of Americans living downwind.

  • Americans support press as guardians of important freedoms

    Americans strongly support the idea of a free press as a watchdog on government, despite concerns by many about bias in news reports, according to the 2011 State of the First Amendment national survey conducted by the First Amendment Center.

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  • Ready to pay more for water? Rockwood hike over first hurdle

    A proposed 30-percent increase in water rates squeaked by its first reading by the Rockwood City Council Friday.

    Mayor James Watts broke the tie in favor of the increase, casting his vote with those of Pete Wright, Jason Jolly and Jane Long.

    Mike Freeman, Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Bill Thompson voted against it.

    “If you vote it down, you are probably going to have people say ‘I’m so glad you did that,’” Watts said.