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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • Yette's words inspired a nation

    Samuel F. Yette, one of the most influential figures to ever emerge from Roane County, has died.

    Yette, 81, was the first black Washington, D.C., reporter for Newsweek magazine. He also worked for LIFE magazine, partnering with famed photographer Gordon Parks for a five-part series on segregation in 1956.

    He also wrote about the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the 1963 March on Washington.

    Yette not only chronicled the divisions of racism, he experienced them firsthand.

  • Presidential promotion: Obama names Rockwood native DeParle one of his deputy chiefs of staff

    Rockwood native Nancy-Ann Min DeParle’s political star continues to rise.

    Handpicked by President Barack Obama in 2009 to help him with national health-care reform, DeParle was named last week as one of the president’s deputy chiefs of staff.

    The increase in responsibilities and bigger place in the limelight comes as no surprise to her uncle, veteran Rockwood attorney J. Polk Cooley.

    “She’s just a tremendously smart young lady,” he said Friday morning. “I’m very proud of her.”

  • Sales taxes up in December

    Could Rockwood’s best December in years for local option sales tax be another sign the economy is making a turnaround?

    Or could the growing number of low-priced retail stores be a contribution, with shoppers tightening their belts, shopping local and spending less for more items?

    Regardless, Rockwood city recorder Jim Hines announced revenue information to the Rockwood City Council Monday that included some good news.