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  • Commission turns away road grant

    The Roane County Commission balked at the idea of committing $225,000 for a proposed road project.

    The resolution calling for such was voted down 13-2 at the Sept. 13 meeting.  

    Commissioners Bobby Collier, who submitted the resolution, and Steve Kelley were the only two commissioners to vote yes.    

    According to officials, the money would have been the county’s portion of a grant match for a feasibility study on the proposed Rose Crossing/Morrison Hill Crossing project.

  • Paranormal group joins Harriman event

    Temperence Town is embracing its dark side.

    The Hauntings of Historic Harriman ghost tour set for Oct. 8 and 9 is including Appalachian Paranormal Investigations in the mix this year.

    Paranormal Investigations, which is made up of Joshua Ooten, Chris Harder and Kevin King, will be available before the tour and the first hour of the tour to talk with tour participants.  

    This promises to be a “spirited” event with all new interpretations of true sightings and events along with some history of the town.  

  • Meeting to focus on Swan Pond's future

    County officials want to hear from Swan Pond residents.

    A meeting is scheduled at Swan Pond Baptist Church on Tuesday.

    Residents of the community are asked to address county officials on what they would like to see in their community when the TVA ash spill cleanup is done.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Swan Pond Baptist Church is at 987 Swan Pond Road.

  • Smoother ride for Harriman motorists

    Harriman residents who have been going through a rough patch will soon have a smoother ride.

    Harriman Utility Board officials have said they are finishing utility work needed in the area of roadways that are scheduled to be paved this year.

    The gravel-filled patches that were left from the work are scheduled to be paved over.

    “They are at the end of their repairs and we’ll be ready to start,” Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said.

  • County's white house won't get painted

    Roane County’s controversial “little white house” is apparently not changing colors.

    Last month County Executive Ron Woody said he wanted to paint the house on Third Street in Kingston to match the brick on the new jail.

    “We may be able to get some prisoners to paint it with a different color paint if I can get somebody to donate us some,” he said. “Or we may spend a couple hundred bucks and buy us some paint. I don’t know.”

  • Gas leak dealt with in Harriman

    Traffic was rerouted for several hours Wednesday as Harriman Utility Board workers repaired a gas leak at a 3-inch gas main at the intersection of Scarbro and Ruritan roads, between a car wash and a empty storefront.

    HUB Manager Chuck Flora said the utility received calls from people smelling a gas leak in the area sometime before 3 p.m.

    Crews were there shortly after, with Harriman Police rerouting traffic around the section of roadway that is near South Harriman Baptist Church and not far from Bowers Elementary.

  • Litter summit offers enforcement ideas

    Government leaders, enforcement officers and community organizations came from throughout East Tennessee to a litter summit held in Oak Ridge this week.

    Roane County Park director Tony Brown, who maintains Keep Roane Litter Free, was in attendance, as well as Harriman Building Inspector Maria Nelson, who deals regularly with many of the issues that the summit focused on, problem properties.

  • 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.