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  • Ambulance station location questioned

    The South of the River ambulance station is about five miles from the one in Kingston.

    That situation has Roane County  Commissioner Ron Berry asking questions.   

    “Why do we have an ambulance 4.5 miles from Kingston?” Berry queried during an ambulance committee meeting recently.  

    The South of the River station is off Hwy. 58 in the rescue squad building.

    “The site is there because of the donated property,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Oliver Springs changes colors for a day

    Normally fans attending a basketball game at Oliver Springs’ Terry L. Hacker Gymnasium are amazed by the amount of purple and gold in the stands.

    Friday night, however, Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats head coach Michelle Christopher is hoping that fans will forego their usual team colors.

    She hopes they will don the color pink in an effort to raise awareness in the fight against breast cancer.

  • Super Bowl treat behind bars

    Like many Americans, inmates at the Roane County Jail will be watching the Super Bowl on Sunday.

    “I guess they enjoy football like anybody else in America,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said. “I don’t see any reason not to let them watch it.”

    Stockton said all the pods at the jail have a TV inside.

    This year’s Super Bowl pits the Green Bay Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Kickoff is around 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Kingston police need public’s help

    Kingston police are seeking the public’s help  on a Jan. 15 armed robbery involvng the Budget Inn at 606 Gallaher Road.
    The suspect is described as a tall, thin black male wearing black pants and a black hoodie.
    A dark sedan may have been involved.
    Anyone with information on the robbery or the car should contact the Kingston Police Department at 376-2081.

  • Hurley plans Feb. 5 open house

    New state Rep. Julia C. Hurley, right, has been listening to constituents such as Lynn Farnham since she was elected to the post in November.

    Hurley welcomes the public to her first open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 5 in her new legislative district office in Harriman’s Temperance Building. Light refreshments will be served.

    The public is welcome to stop by and express any concerns and ask questions before the Tennessee General Assembly convenes on Feb. 7.

  • Price of progress: County sewer rate increase

    Progress comes at a premium.

    Roane County sewer customers will soon find that out as the county moves forward with securing a loan to pay for expansion.  

    “I think we’re finally seeing Roane County move in the right direction,” Utility Director Gene McClure said. “We’re getting the infrastructure to get some commercial and industrial business in here.”

    The county plans to do the improvements in phases.

  • Price of progress: County sewer rate increase

    Progress comes at a premium.

    Roane County sewer customers will soon find that out as the county moves forward with securing a loan to pay for expansion.  

    “I think we’re finally seeing Roane County move in the right direction,” Utility Director Gene McClure said. “We’re getting the infrastructure to get some commercial and industrial business in here.”

    The county plans to do the improvements in phases.

  • Rockwood residents still fired up over utility operation

    Customers fired questions about the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Utility to Rockwood City Council, the utility’s sitting board, during its meeting last week.

    Many focused their questions to Councilman Harold Ishman, who sat on the board that was recently eliminated.

    One resident asked how the utility got into the situation it did — illegally borrowing gas funds to support the water department.

  • Tax increase still galls many

    Carolyn Koon wasn’t worried about the property tax rate when she received her reappraisal card last May.  

    “I’m worried about the bottom line,” she said.

    The bottom line for Koon and many other property owners in Roane County is higher tax payments, despite a lower property tax rate.

    “I’m trying to keep a good sense of humor about it, but it’s getting more and more difficult,” Scott Boyes said.

    His taxes went up $362 following the reappraisal.

  • More than 400 appealing assessment to state

    The fight isn’t over for people still unhappy about Roane County’s property reappraisal.

    The Tennessee Board of Equalization will hear their appeals later this year.

    “We have 424 appeals from Roane County,” Tennessee Comptroller spokesman Blake Fontenay said.

    Last year’s state-mandated reappraisal conducted by the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office left people fuming.