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  • Where's your property tax bill?

    Property owners anxiously awaiting their new tax bills will have to wait a little while longer.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said she doesn’t expect notices to be sent out before Thanksgiving.  

    “We’re telling the people who call that once we get the notices we’ll try to get them in the mail as soon as possible,” Eblen said. “That’s all we can tell them.”

    Eblen said a lot of the callers own property in Roane County, but live out of state.

  • Where's your property tax bill?

    Property owners anxiously awaiting their new tax bills will have to wait a little while longer.

    Roane County Trustee Wilma Eblen said she doesn’t expect notices to be sent out before Thanksgiving.  

    “We’re telling the people who call that once we get the notices we’ll try to get them in the mail as soon as possible,” Eblen said. “That’s all we can tell them.”

    Eblen said a lot of the callers own property in Roane County, but live out of state.

  • Fire damages Budget Inn

    A fire broke out late Thursday night at the Budget Inn on Gallaher Road in Kingston. 

    The Kingston Fire Department had the blaze under control in minutes, although damage was done to both the first and second floor of the unit.

    More details to come.

  • I-40 tractor trailer wreck
  • TVA opens new bridge at Swan Pond

    For more than a year TVA, has been using trains to ship ash to a landfill in Alabama.
    That could end soon.
    “Shipping of time-critical ash will end in early December,” TVA said in an e-mail to members of the Roane County Community Advisory Group.
    TVA plans to have a site luncheon to mark the end of the train shipments, which are part of the agency’s effort to clean up the mess caused by the Dec. 22, 2008, disaster at the Kingston Fossil Plant.
    A lot of the ash that was released during the disaster ended up in the Emory River.

  • Messy Helen property cleaned, owner to be released from jail

    Junk is no longer scattered across Helen Hayes’ property.

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said officials checked it out on Monday and are pleased with what’s been done.

    “When the county officials come back to me and tell me that the property is no longer in violation, that’s what I need to hear,” he said. “As far as I’m concerned, the only thing left to do in this case is put it on the docket and make sure that the court costs are paid.”  

  • Ron Berry named interim director for Rockwoood utilities

    Roane County Commissioner Ron Berry knows the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas operation.

    The former longtime utility board member was unanimously approved to be an interim part-time manager for the utility at a special-called Rockwood City Council meeting to discuss the position and the city’s budget.

    Berry told the council he began thinking of what he could do as he reflected on the utility’s woes he read about in the newspaper.

  • County also cited for trashiness

    Earlier this year, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation cited Roane County for unsatisfactory litter control at the Midtown Recycling Center.

    According to TDEC reports, the county was put on notice about the problem during an inspection on May 5.

    TDEC inspected the center again on May 17 and cited the county for the same problem.

    “Progress has been made,” the inspector wrote in the comment section of the May 17 report. “All litter must be picked up.”

  • Meth lab cleaned up near Rockwood

    Authorities discovered a meth lab at 1303 Black Jack Road near Rockwood on Monday.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John H. Mayes said the cleanup took more than six hours.  

    No one was charged, but Mayes said they did find some receipts for pseudoephedrine, which is a main precursor for meth.

    A state database could help authorities find out who purchased the pseudoephedrine.

    Mayes said that could be a valuable lead in determining who was responsible for the lab.
     

  • UPDATE: Fatal accident South of the River

    Two people were killed and two other victims were transported to University of Tennessee Medical Center Monday morning following a fiery accident at the intersection of Squaw Valley Road and Hwy. 58.

    Law enforcement and emergency responders confirmed the double fatality at the scene.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol later identified the deceased as Ronnie Ray Brummitt and Matthew A. Sneed. The wreck could have been more horrific if not for quick thinking on those arriving on the scene before police or rescue personnel.