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  • First Operation REACH roadblock planned Saturday

    Fundraising efforts have begun for Operation REACH.

    A road block is planned for Saturday.

    Additional road blocks and other fundraising events are planned in the coming weeks, REACH president Bobby Collier said.

    REACH is an acronym for Roane Enriches Another Child’s Holiday. The program, in its 35th year, gives less-fortunate children the chance to go Christmas shopping.

  • $1.2 million payout reached for 2008 oil well explosion

    A $1.2 million clean-up cost and civil penalties settlement has been reached between the owners and operators of an Oliver Springs oil well that exploded in March 2008 and the U.S. Department of Justice.

    The oil well explosion burned for days, spraying oil on nearby properties and forcing residents in the area to relocate until the fire was out.

    Daniel F. Potts and Walden Resources, LLC of Petros and ZTX Drilling LLC of Florida have entered into the settlement, said a press release from the office of U.S. Attorney William C. Killian.

  • Tax bill late, but payment better not be

    “The tax rate has not been set.”

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said that’s what she tells people who call her office to ask why they have yet to receive a property-tax bill.

    Eblen said another question she’s fielding is if the deadline to pay will be extended.

    The answer is no. The deadline is still Feb. 28.   

    “I do not have the power to extend it,” Eblen said. “I do not have the power to waive the penalties and interest.”

  • Free horse show draws attention to social causes

    STAFF REPORTS
    People love horses.
    With that in mind, multiple groups and agencies are coming together to raise awareness about different outreach services offered in the county.
    The free event is being called the Tennessee All-Breed Charity Horse Show and Roane County Community Awareness Fair.
    It will take place this  Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Center at Roane State Community College.
    The horse show also will serve as a fundraiser for Lifeline scholarships and ElderWatch.

  • New sign dresses industrial park

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    The Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood has a fresh look.
    The improvements, including a new sign, are meant to encourage new industry to the area and to show existing industries they are important to the community.
    A partnership between Harriman Utility Board, Rockwood Electric Utility and TVA paid for the new sign that sits just off Hwy. 27.

  • Surprise — county passes fuzzy budget

    Roane County Commission passed a $129 million budget resolution Monday night with no debate.

    That came as a shock to some of the commissioners who voted to do so.

    “I guess I went to sleep at the wheel, but that’s certainly not what I had in mind,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.

    Commissioners met in the special-called meeting to adopt the budget.

  • More pile in on EMA cuts

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody isn’t the only official in favor of salary reductions in the emergency management department.

    Eight county commissioners are as well.

    Their votes at Monday night’s special-called meeting were just enough to carry Woody’s recommendation that director
    Howie Rose and assistant director Scott Stout have their salaries reduced by 9 percent.

    Woody announced the reduction in pay on Sept. 1, which was the day he took office.

  • Expo Center still losing despite cuts

    A lot of cost-saving changes have been made at the Henry-Stafford Exposition Center at Roane State Community College.

    The popular site of community events stays busy and, through the people it brings in, pumps plenty of money into the Roane County economy.

    However, on its own operations side, it’s not breaking even.

    Roane State President Gary Goff said he is projecting a deficit of between $75,000 to $100,000 in operations for the year.

  • Harriman considers cab business changes

    Harriman City Council members have discussed complaints about compettition from outside business.

     Councilman J.D. Sampson has even brought up the idea of limiting taxi businesses allowed.

    Treasurer Charles Kerley suggested a permit fee that would level the playing field, and the cab businesses with city business licenses and paying personal property tax could deduct them from and up to the amount of the fee.

    “There are some opportunities here I think to take some of the inequalities out of it,” Kerley said.

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