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  • New sign dresses industrial park

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    The Roane County Industrial Park in Rockwood has a fresh look.
    The improvements, including a new sign, are meant to encourage new industry to the area and to show existing industries they are important to the community.
    A partnership between Harriman Utility Board, Rockwood Electric Utility and TVA paid for the new sign that sits just off Hwy. 27.

  • Surprise — county passes fuzzy budget

    Roane County Commission passed a $129 million budget resolution Monday night with no debate.

    That came as a shock to some of the commissioners who voted to do so.

    “I guess I went to sleep at the wheel, but that’s certainly not what I had in mind,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.

    Commissioners met in the special-called meeting to adopt the budget.

  • More pile in on EMA cuts

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody isn’t the only official in favor of salary reductions in the emergency management department.

    Eight county commissioners are as well.

    Their votes at Monday night’s special-called meeting were just enough to carry Woody’s recommendation that director
    Howie Rose and assistant director Scott Stout have their salaries reduced by 9 percent.

    Woody announced the reduction in pay on Sept. 1, which was the day he took office.

  • Expo Center still losing despite cuts

    A lot of cost-saving changes have been made at the Henry-Stafford Exposition Center at Roane State Community College.

    The popular site of community events stays busy and, through the people it brings in, pumps plenty of money into the Roane County economy.

    However, on its own operations side, it’s not breaking even.

    Roane State President Gary Goff said he is projecting a deficit of between $75,000 to $100,000 in operations for the year.

  • Harriman considers cab business changes

    Harriman City Council members have discussed complaints about compettition from outside business.

     Councilman J.D. Sampson has even brought up the idea of limiting taxi businesses allowed.

    Treasurer Charles Kerley suggested a permit fee that would level the playing field, and the cab businesses with city business licenses and paying personal property tax could deduct them from and up to the amount of the fee.

    “There are some opportunities here I think to take some of the inequalities out of it,” Kerley said.

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  • Harriman leader pushing to clean up paper mill site

    Harriman City Council member Buddy Holley wants something done sooner than later.

    However, he believes the cleanup of a former paper mill in the city will be delegated to the “later” category if the site is named to a National Priorities List.

    “It will delay this thing for years,” he said. “This is not going to be a high-priority NPL.”

    Holley pointed out a site where uranium had been milled as an example. He said that site went 15 years before a shovel of dirt was moved.

  • Rockwood kicks off construction
  • Rockwood may abolish water board

    Rockwood City Council has been called into special session on Tuesday to deal with the abolishment of the city’s water, sewer and natural gas board.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    The council approved an ordinance on first reading Sept. 20 that calls for the disbandment of the board that governs the three city-owned utilities. Second and final reading of that ordinance, which stipulates the board’s duties would be turned over to council, is among the business on Tuesday’s meeting agenda.