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  • Harriman considers cab business changes

    Harriman City Council members have discussed complaints about compettition from outside business.

     Councilman J.D. Sampson has even brought up the idea of limiting taxi businesses allowed.

    Treasurer Charles Kerley suggested a permit fee that would level the playing field, and the cab businesses with city business licenses and paying personal property tax could deduct them from and up to the amount of the fee.

    “There are some opportunities here I think to take some of the inequalities out of it,” Kerley said.

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  • Harriman leader pushing to clean up paper mill site

    Harriman City Council member Buddy Holley wants something done sooner than later.

    However, he believes the cleanup of a former paper mill in the city will be delegated to the “later” category if the site is named to a National Priorities List.

    “It will delay this thing for years,” he said. “This is not going to be a high-priority NPL.”

    Holley pointed out a site where uranium had been milled as an example. He said that site went 15 years before a shovel of dirt was moved.

  • Rockwood kicks off construction
  • Rockwood may abolish water board

    Rockwood City Council has been called into special session on Tuesday to deal with the abolishment of the city’s water, sewer and natural gas board.

    The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

    The council approved an ordinance on first reading Sept. 20 that calls for the disbandment of the board that governs the three city-owned utilities. Second and final reading of that ordinance, which stipulates the board’s duties would be turned over to council, is among the business on Tuesday’s meeting agenda.

  • Austin asks for citizenship rights back

    A corrupt Roane County judge who went to prison after pleading guilty to federal extortion charges says he has officially paid his dues.

    Now Thomas Alva Austin is looking to having his rights as a citizen restored.

    If approved, Austin would be able to vote, hold public office, handle other people’s money and enjoy every other right afforded to citizens — with the exception of the Second Amendment right to own and possess firearms.

  • Earick and Overstreet want school board seat

    A retiree from Roane County Schools and a former Roane County Board of Education member are under consideration to fill the school board vacancy left by Kim Nelson’s resignation.

    Nelson represented District 5/6 on the board. She gave up her seat after a legal opinion about her holding the school board position and her new role as Roane County Circuit Court Clerk.

    Marjorie Earick, a former schools child nutrition supervisor and school board secretary, expressed her interest in the seat during a Roane County Commission work session on Thursday.

  • Budget in spite of no tax rate

    Roane County Commission will consider approving its budget today, in spite of the fact the county may not have a certified property tax rate after a grueling land reappraisal that’s been contested by a number of residents.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody joked during a Thursday work session that Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham had promised there would be one by today’s meeting.

    “I promised to have the data entered so the state board can calculate the certified tax rate,” corrected Kirkham.

  • Collector dishes dirt on joys of antique tractors

    By KATIE HOGIN
    khogin@roanecounty.com

    Everyone has their guilty pleasures — simple indulgences that add a little kick to their daily lives.

    For Tony Whalen of Harriman, it’s all about antique tractors.

    Whalen beams when he talks enthusiastically talks about his passion of collecting and restoring antique tractors.