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  • Convenience center to start taking paint, stain

    Unused paint and stain may be dropped off at the Post Oak convenience center at 123 Post Oak Valley Road, Rockwood, beginning Sept. 21.
    Roane County Solid Waste Department is offering this service for Roane County residents to dispose of any unused paint or stain from their households.
    No paint or stain from businesses will be accepted.
    Managing and disposing of paint will increase the county's eligibility to host future annual Household Hazardous Waste events.

  • HUB water increase still up in the air

    Harriman Utility Board water customers can expect an increase in their bill this fall, but one question remains:

    Will  they see a percentage increase on their rates or will it be a flat fixed charge?

    HUB officials said they need to pay off $1.7 million in loans for necessary improvements, including a million-gallon water tank on McKinney Road and the installation of a new water line across the river next to the Lon Mee Bridge.

    The debt payments are about $125,000 a year.

  • Woody tackles first meeting

    Billions with a “B.”

    District 2 Commissioner Randy Ellis said that’s how much money his employer — Ed Financial Services — handles in student loans.

    “I’m highly qualified,” Ellis said, about serving on the Roane County Budget Committee.

    Ellis, a debt management supervisor with Ed Financial, will get the chance because he was one of four commissioners appointed to serve on the budget committee.

  • State chimes in on ash health impacts

    No harm to health is believed to have occurred from touching the fly ash that spilled after a dike failure at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The Tennessee Department of Health released that conclusion last December, and that’s still the department’s conclusion today.

    Last week TDH announced it had finalized its health assessment for the fly ash catastrophe.

    A draft health assessment was released in December 2009.

  • Footlocker filled with explosives found

    Kingston police found an arsenal of explosives in a home at 1461 Kingston Hwy. on Sept. 10.

    According to the offense report, a woman notified police there were possible explosive items in a home.

    “Upon arrival, officer found a Dan Bolden on the scene, and he stated that his friend Neil Brown had told him of some explosives in the basement, but it was safe,” the report states.

    Police said the Knox County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad and ATF were called to the scene.

  • DA opinion: Kirkham raise request not out of line

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham was not out of line when she wrote a letter requesting raises for the County Board of Equalization. This according to District Attorney General Russell Johnson, whose investigation into the matter exonerates Kirkham of any ethical or criminal wrongdoing.

  • Rarity's Ross still in the hole on taxes

    Despite a big payment that came in last month, Oak Ridge Land Co. LLC still owes Roane County money.
    Developer Mike Ross is the registered agent for the company, which failed to pay 2008 property taxes on hundreds of parcels in his Rarity Ridge and Rarity Oaks developments.
    Clerk and Master Shannon Conley said the county received payment last month of approximately $311,000.
    Conley said the check came from Regions Bank, and it still didn’t cover all of what Oak Ridge Land Co. owes in 2008 unpaid property taxes, penalties and other fees.

  • Two killed in separate crashes

    By Damon Lawrence and Cindy Simpson

    Two young Roane County men lost their lives Friday morning in separate crashes on major thoroughfares.

    Anthony Dale Basler, 23, died at the scene of a 6:22 a.m. crash on Interstate 40 near the Buttermilk Road exit.

    Ninety minutes later, 26-year-old Cody E. Sackett of Kingston was killed on Hwy. 58 in a two-vehicle crash near River Road.

  • Utility loans may be illegal, state says

    An official with the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office determined last week that Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas may have violated state law by allowing interdepartmental borrowing of operating funds.
    Rod King, general manager of the utilities, and the city board governing the operations have openly admitted the more profitable gas department has loaned money to the water and sewer departments.
    A comptroller’s office review of city finances indicates, however, that the issuance of such loans was not previously approved as required by statute.

  • Tiger Haven buys more land, but has no plans to expand

    Tiger Haven has purchased 11 acres adjacent to its big cat sanctuary in East Roane County.
    Freddie L. Pesterfield is listed as the seller on the warranty deed, which was filed with the Register of Deeds Office last month. The purchase price for the property was listed at $66,000.
    Tiger Haven is located on Harvey Road. According to its website, Tiger Haven is home to more than 280 big cats. Most are tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.