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  • Tax hike likely for city dwellers

    Property owners in Harriman and Oak Ridge aren’t the only ones who could see an increase in their county property taxes.

    People who own land in Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood could as well.

    When the Roane County Budget Committee finished work on Friday, the proposed property tax rate for Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood was $2.14 per $100 valuation. That represents an increase of about 4 cents.

    The proposed rate for Harriman was $2 per $100 valuation, an increase of about 5.5 cents.

  • All hands on deck for Kingston raft race

    Kingston City Manager Jim Pinkerton and Public Works Director Tim Clark are professional city administrators.

    But when it comes to the city’s annual Fourth of July raft race, the gloves are off — and the trash-talking is on.

    Good-naturedly, of course.

    “It’s our chance to be a kid again,” Clark said.

    The two have fervently competed together in the Fourth of July’s Raft Race for four years. And while they count successes on the job, it’s a different story on the water.

  • Rockwood water rates going up

    Rockwood water and sewer customers will soon see rate increases.

    The question is how much.

    “We need to be aware that the state in November, if something isn’t done, then we are not going to be able to show we’re covering our operating expenses and the state will take over at that point as far as the rates,” warned Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas General Manager Kimberly Ramsey during a workshop with the governing board last week.

  • Neighbors file suit against Tiger Haven

    Some residents in East Roane County have filed a lawsuit against Tiger Haven.

    The residents — Everett Bloom, John Woody, Dagmar Woody, Harold Pesterfield, Sherryl Pesterfield, Ronald Bean, Lisa Bean, Albert Tate and Linda Tate — accuse the big-cat sanctuary of being a public nuisance.

    Tiger Haven Inc., and its registered agent — Mary Lynn Haven — are named as defendants in the lawsuit.

  • Convicted drug dealer files to dismiss murder charge

    Ralph O’Neal isn’t having any more luck as his own lawyer than he did as a crack cocaine dealer.

    He’s set to be arraigned for first-degree murder in Roane County Criminal Court today, June 27, despite multiple motions he’s filed to have the case thrown out.  

    O’Neal is charged with the August 2007 murder of Ronnie Dean Cofer. O’Neal, 36, has been acting as his own attorney. In one of his motions, he argues that the case should be thrown out because the grand jury foreman was white.

  • 3 teens hurt in Friday crash, 1 taken to jail

    Emergency crews responded to a one-vehicle crash involving four teenagers early Friday morning.

    The 16-year-old male driver and another male passenger were taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville. A 17-year-old female passenger was taken to Roane Medical Center in Harriman.

     Because they were juveniles, their names were not released.  

  • Farmers Market fresh veggies

    Jerry Eblen of Kingston rifles through some of the growing season’s first harvest at Harriman’s Farmers Market at Riverfront Park.

    The Farmers Market is open from 8 to 11 a.m. each Saturday.

    Wednesday hours are from 3 p.m. to sellout.

  • Summerfest fun

    Roane County Park’s second annual Summerfest seemed custom-made for children, and a number of them took advantage of a sunny day to see and do all the things the park had to offer.

  • HUB considers dropping natural gas rates, but others may rise

    Harriman Utility Board’s gas customers might get some relief this year, but water and sewer customers may feel a pinch.

    Board members won’t vote on the budget until their meeting on Monday, but they’ve been asked to consider some changes.

    Those  including a possible decrease in gas rates and looking into rate increases in water and sewer.

    The increases are being sought to  to pay for projects in both utilities.

  • Tornado touches down in Roane

    A small tornado touched down in Roane County on Wednesday around 6:40 p.m, according to the National Weather Service.

    Meteorologist Lyle Wilson said the tornado struck seven miles west-northwest of Loudon.

    “The information that I have is it was 100 yards long,” Wilson said. “The path width was 20 yards wide.”

    Wind speeds topped out around 70 mph, he said. The weather service usually sends a survey team to confirm a tornado touch down, but Wednesday’s was confirmed through other means.