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  • Dunn Center recipient of $100,000 trust

    The Michael Dunn Foundation’s focus is on helping make sure the Michael Dunn Center can continue serving Roane County’s developmentally disabled well into the future.

    Martin and Dorothy Skinner are among the Foundations biggest advocates.

    The couple recently did their own part to contribute to the agency’s future by donating $100,000 through a charitable remainder annuity trust.

  • Bedbugs not the end of the world

    Bedbug infestations are a growing problem, and their continuous resurgence has been a hot news topic of late.

    “They are actually just now getting into our area really bad,” said Jerry Hicks, who operates Jerry Exterminating in Harriman.

    The sight of one of those brown, apple-seed-sized bugs may make your skin crawl, but small infestations don’t mean the end of the world.

    It certainly doesn’t mean a residence is unclean.

    Bedbug infestations can happen in just about any type of location.

  • Hurley discusses her plans for Roane

    “It’s been interesting,” newly elected state Rep. Julia Hurley told the Roane County Chamber of Commerce about the race that won her a seat in Nashville.

    Speaking at the Chamber’s Tuesday luncheon at Roane State Community College, she talked about her triumph over incumbent Dennis Ferguson.

  • 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.