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  • 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.

  • County may have to borrow from itself to make payroll

    The county could have to borrow money to make payroll during the fiscal year.

    “We came within a few days last (fiscal) year of doing it,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

    The biggest source of revenue for the county’s general fund is property tax. The fiscal year started July 1, but the bulk of the property tax money doesn’t come in until December and February.

    “We still have to make payroll July, August, September, October and November without a lot of revenue coming in,” Woody said.

  • Roane County News snags seven TPA awards

    The Roane County News received seven awards, including first place for Damon Lawrence’s investigative reporting, during the annual Tennessee Press Association awards ceremony on Friday.

    “Damon wins out not just for story but his continued pursuit of news and insight,” judges wrote about Lawrence’s work.

    “Great job getting after it.”

  • Charges may be coming in marijuana find

    The marijuana authorities eradicated in Roane County last week could lead to criminal charges.

    “No one was arrested yet, but we do have some information we’ll present to a grand jury and try to seek indictment at a later time,” said Jason Poore, the east team leader for the Governor’s Task Force on Marijuana Eradica-tion.  

    After finding about 2,470 plants on July 11, Poore said the task force, working in conjunction with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office, discovered close to 500 plants the following day.

  • Harriman still irked at paying more in taxes

    Harriman officials are  going to voice their displeasure in writing with what they feel is unfair county taxation.

    J.D. Sampson was one of four Harriman City Council members who, with Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley, attended a Roane County Commission meeting in opposition of higher property taxes for Harriman and other cities.

    “We felt it was unfair to tax us and give the residents outside the city a decrease,” Sampson said.