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  • OS teen killed on ATV

    An Oliver Springs teen died Friday afternoon after an all-terrain vehicle crash in Roane County.

    Ellie Elizabeth Jackson, 14, was a rising sophomore at Oliver Springs High School.

    Family members found the active teenager in the woods behind their home, removed her helmet and performed CPR.

    Jackson was active in her church and at the high school, where she was a varsity cheerleader.

    Her obituary also said she was active in the student council, the Future Business Leaders of America, 4-H Club and P-3.

  • Payback of debt leads to tax hike

    Proposed county property tax increases in Harriman, Kingston, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs and Rockwood have a lot to do with the county’s debt, said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “We’re going to have to pay our debt, and there’s some taxes for the cities because of that,” he said Tuesday.

    Roane County is $57.4 million in debt. That figure doesn’t include interest.

    Woody said it’s possible the county is still paying debt on computers that it no longer has because of past refinancing.

  • It’s official: Harriman water, sewer rates up

    Harriman Utility Board water and sewer customers should get ready to pay more.

    Effective July 1, rates are up 3 percent for water customers and 7 percent for those receiving sewer services.

    “The sewer increase is to continue to work on pump stations and collection lines per the [Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation] order,” said Bill Young, who took over as manager of the Harriman utilities on July 1.

    Harriman is under a sewer moratorium until it meets upgrade improvements on its aging system.

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  • Roane part of Retire Tennessee program

    Roane County has met the criteria to join Retire Tennessee, the state’s retiree recruitment program.
    Roane, Maury and Warren counties were announced by Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty as the newest counties in the 13 that are part of the active Retire Tennessee program.

  • Tax vote next week: City residents to pay more, rates down for rural folks

    Rural property owners are still in line to receive a property tax rate decrease.

    Those who own land inside the cities might not be as fortunate, however.

    The property tax rates for cities are set to increase under Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2011-12 fiscal year. The budget committee passed the proposed tax rates 3-1 on June 30.

    Commissioners Ron Berry, Bobby Collier and Jerry Goddard voted yes. Commissioner Randy Ellis voiced the lone no vote.      

  • Public housing in Harriman may lose funds

    Harriman Housing Authority is at risk of losing significant federal funds because of the poor condition of many of its developments’ streets and sidewalks.

    Officials believe the agency that oversees public housing in the city could lose at least $100,000 a year in funding unless improvements are made. That loss is one that could devastate the agency, which is already hurting from budget cuts.

  • Rockwood vice mayor matter taken off agenda

    Rockwood City Council sat for the first time Friday with its newest members — and the one bit of controversial business was quickly cut from the agenda.

    After the brief swearing-in of Mike Freeman, Jane Long, Jason Jolly and Pete Wright, who is serving a two-year term, Mayor James Watts quickly let everyone know the first proposed resolution — to make Jolly vice mayor — would not be discussed.