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  • Cleanup commences on dump site near Harriman

    What some has termed the worst dump in Roane County is getting a cleanup.

    “People have been dumping here for years and years,” said Tony Brown about the site on Ben Henry Road near Harriman. “I bet you there is over 1,000 tires on this site.”

    Brown oversees Keep Roane Beautiful as part of his job as Roane County parks director.

  • 19 put in for HUB mgr.

    Nineteen people have put in applications seeking the top utility job in Harriman.

    The application deadline to fill the Harriman Utility Board general manager’s post was Friday, and HUB assistant manager Bill Young is among those seeking the job.

    “I guess what we’ll do is sort of plan where do we go from here,” said HUB Manager Chuck Flora, who will retire this summer.

    The board will meet at 7 p.m. today, Monday, in the HUB building, and the manager’s search is one of the topics up for discussion.

  • Police Taser knife-wielding suspect

    A knife-wielding man was stopped in his tracks by a Taser on March 21.

    Kingston police were dispatched to 1354 Byrd Circle on a call about an out-of-control drunk.  

    “Officer made contact with said person in the back bedroom,” the report said. “Mr. (Terry) Luffman had a brown-handled knife to his throat to keep officer from getting close to him.”

    The report said the officer’s attempt to talk Luffman into putting down the knife was unsuccessful.

  • Woody’s finance policies get commission OK

    It’s no secret that Roane County Executive Ron Woody gets worked up about finance.

    That’s why he couldn’t hide his enthusiasm earlier this month after Roane County Commission passed his policies on debt management and capital projects.  

    “I’m excited,” he said. “I really am.”

    Putting the policies together for the county was something Woody, an accountant, promised voters during last year’s campaign. Both can be found on the county executive’s page on roanegov.org.

  • Body Farm founder staying busy in Roane
  • A weekend devoted to sprucing up
  • Kingston water works
  • Property assessment appeals hit state level

    Carl Dennis Sorensen said physics is his area of expertise.

    “I don’t understand real estate very much,” he admits.

    That didn’t stop him from explaining why he felt the $554,100 value the county put on his property during last year’s reappraisal was out of line.

    “I believe it was (worth) what I paid for it, which in August of 2009 was $400,000,” Sorensen told Administrative Judge Vance Cheek Jr. on Monday.

    “Tell me how you got to that figure?” Cheek asked.

  • Official feels economic pain through family members' job loss

    The last bundle of steel rebar was pushed through at the Harriman ArcelorMittal steel mill Wednesday afternoon, and the plant closes its doors this week.

  • Harriman looks at budget cuts

    Hoping not to diminish financial reserves, Harriman officials are taking a look at making tough cuts in operations.

    “We’re trying not to dip into our reserves, and see if we can cut,” Councilman Charles “Buddy” Holley said in a phone interview.

    “We need to come up with about $300,000,” Councilman Ken Mynatt said.