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  • Evans makes request for checks official

    Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans regularly makes requests to see financial records of the city.
    She recently butted heads with others, including Rockwood attorney Greg Leffew, over disagreement on a Freedom of Information Act records request.
    “I have been trying now for two or three years to get some information about some checks, and I have been told I cannot have them,” Evans said at a recent meeting.
    The records are public, Leffew agreed.

  • Bombing gives Stocktons perspective on priorities

    The Boston Marathon bombing has given Tara and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton a greater appreciation of each other.
    They shared that appreciation when detailing their harrowing experience to the Harriman Rotary Club last week.
    Tara Stockton was running the prestigious Boston Marathon in April while her husband was  there for support.
    Tara Stockton still remembers the creeping dread of not knowing where her husband was but realizing he was somewhere around the finish line.

  • New Kingston City Hall to open June 24

    Kingston officials plan to move to the new city hall building on June 20 and 21, with no disruptions of service.
    The new city hall will be open for business on June 24.
    The new city hall in Ladd Landing is in a former medical complex the city purchased last year.
    There will still be a police presence at the old hall in the interim. A grand opening for the public is tentatively scheduled sometime in July.

  • No property tax hike in Kingston budget

    Kingston officials are preparing for the first reading of a 2013-14 budget that seems to promise neither any big outlays nor any big new expenditures.
    The draft is on Kingston City Council’s agenda for the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.
    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.
    The proposed budget carries around $5.5 million in the general fund — close to the same in the water budget — and promises no new property taxes.

  • Rockwood tax rate going up


    Rockwood leaders’ first approval of the city’s 2014 fiscal budget indicates that city property owners will be paying more when their tax bills arrive.

    The budget’s first reading, approved 4-1 last week, calls for a property tax rate of 95 cents per $100 valuation. That’s up 5 cents from last year.

    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Councilman Mike Freeman are usually on the same page fiscally, but this year she was the lone holdout against a rate increase.

  • 'I'm just thrilled to be here'

    David Bolling dived right into his new job as Kingston City Manager.
    “I’m just thrilled to be here and part of a great team,” he said Friday as he closed out his first week as the city’s chief administrator.
    “It is going to be a good experience, and I’m certainly grateful for the opportunity,” Bolling added. “I know they had a lot of good applicants for the position.

  • Acorns? We don't need no stinkin' acorns!

    Let the other squirrels forage for nuts- these furry little rodents in Roane County Park have invaded the human world with their appetite for salty snacks. Cheetos, potato chips and bread were among the bushy-tailed creature's feast one Monday, when Roane County Newspapers photographer Kaitlin Keane wandered up on them at lunchtime. It's a midday treat worthy of bringing out even the shyest of the bushy-tailed beasts. Who needs acorns when you have lots of chips at your disposal?

  • Inmate garden goes to weeds


    The Roane County inmate garden has fallen on hard times.

    A site that once rustled with tall, green cornstalks is now overgrown with brush and weeds.

    University of Tennessee Extension Agent Grant Palmer, who helped run the inmate garden program, blamed it on the weather.

    “We didn’t do it this year, and we didn’t do it last year,” he said. “With it being so wet, being able to get in there and get it tilled is what’s held us back.”

    The county started the garden back in 2008.

  • Pro2Serve ups commitment to child-reading program

    Pro2Serve Inc. promised to match the first $5,000 in donations for Roane Imagination Library last year, kicking off the yearly fundraising endeavor.
    This year, the company raised the bar and promised to match up to $7,500.

    Roane Imagination Library is well on its way to reaching that goal, thanks to a gift of $2,000 by Material and Chemistry Laboratory Inc. given at a reception honoring Pro2-Serve.

  • Schools change drug-test rules

    Last month the Roane County Board of Education approved the first reading of a revision to its policy on drug testing for student athletes. The revised policy would take effect if the board approves it on second reading this month. 

    “What we’re taking out of the policy actually does make it stronger,” Board Member Wade McCullough said.

    The revision will remove the opt-out clause in the policy and make all student athletes subject to  random drug testing.