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  • EnergySolutions had tax lien

    A state tax lien was filed against EnergySolutions earlier this year.
    “Anytime the state of Tennessee files a tax lien, it is because of a delinquent taxpayer,” Sara Jo Houghland, director of communications for the Tennessee Department of Revenue, said.
    EngerySolutions is a nuclear services company headquartered in Salt Lake City.
    The company wants to import radioactive waste from Germany to its Bear Creek facility in Roane County. 

  • Property tax bills due by Feb. 28

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said her office hasn’t been overwhelmed, but the number of people stopping by to pay their 2010 property taxes has kept them busy.
    “We haven’t had lines, but it’s been a steady flow,” she said.
    The trustee’s office started taking payments on Nov. 24.
    The tax bills were mailed out last week.
    Eblen said approximately $725,000 has been collected so far. The deadline to pay without penalty is Feb. 28.

  • Former Harriman official dead

    Outspoken former Harriman City Councilman Bobby McCullough died at his home Sunday.
    A 1951 Harriman High School graduate, he served in the United States Navy before returning to Harriman.
    He served in a number of public capacities, including several years  with the Harriman Post Office, where he worked as postmaster from 1985 until his retirement.
    He served as the Harriman recreation director, as well as his city council roles, and held a seat for several years on the Harriman Utility Board.

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  • Roane population growth slow over past decade

    Roane County touts its lakefront living, but the county is  well behind many of its neighbors in population growth.

    Data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the county’s population increased 3.1 percent from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2009.

    “That’s almost zero growth,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.  

    That hasn’t been the case with some neighboring counties. Loudon, Monroe, Cumberland and Knox counties are booming in terms of population, according to the Census data.

  • Pop creates snap, crackle, fire chief says

    Thanks to quick-thinking residents, a fire was contained at a Harriman home on Monday.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the fire at 147 Pine Ridge Road, which was called in at 7:18 p.m.,  was contained to a bedroom with some smoke and heat damage in some other rooms.

    “He (resident Darrell Goddard) said he heard a real loud pop, and when he got out of the shower the smoke was in the bathroom,” Goss said.

    When residents located the fire, they quickly got out of the home, Goss said.

  • EnergySolutions seeks to process German radioactive waste

    EnergySolutions has filed an application with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to incinerate radioactive waste from Germany at its Bear Creek facility in Roane County.

    Mark Walker, vice president of marketing and media relations for EnergySolutions, said Bear Creek has received waste from a foreign country before.

    “Canada, for example,” he said. “They’ve sent us material and we’ve processed it at the Bear Creek facility and then shipped it back to them.”

  • Regents OK $9 million to expand Roane State campus in Oak Ridge

    Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus will be expanding, thanks to $9 million in matching funds from the Tennessee Board of Regents.

    This is combined with the $2.5 million the college raised, thanks to Anderson County and Oak Ridge.

    “The Anderson County Commission pledged $500,000, and the city of Oak Ridge pledged $500,000,” said college spokesman Owen Driskill.

    “We are incredibly grateful to all those who donated to this project,” said Roane State President Gary Goff.