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  • Cities will have bigger property tax hike

    The proposed county property tax rate hike for rural residents is less than the one being proposed for cities.

    According to Roane County budget director Kaley Walker, people who own property in the rural areas would pay an additional 28.5 cents per $100 valuation if the recommendation passes.

    People who own property in the cities of Kingston, Oliver Springs, Rockwood, Harriman and Oak Ridge would pay an additional 31.5 cents — 3 cents more on the rate.

  • Getting ready
  • Officials announce ash spill cleanup’s-end meeting in June

    A project completion meeting is one of the last orders of business to mark the end of the TVA ash spill cleanup.

    Craig Zeller, a remedial project manager for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, said the meeting is scheduled for June 4 at Roane County High School in Kingston.

    The start time is 6 p.m.

    “We will be getting the usual notices out this coming week,” Zeller said.

  • A little more on Roane as a park

    We had a caller who was concerned about a story in last week’s newspaper about a group — The Roane Alliance Green Team — seeking a declaration that Roane County be a park.

    The caller was concerned about potential rules and regulations that would come with such a declaration.

    We assured her that any such designation would be of an honorary nature — just something to give residents a sense of bragging rights.

    Nothing else would change.

  • Hall of Statues
  • Farm Day at Roane State
  • Tennessee goes after cancer fraud

    Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett, Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III, together with state law enforcement partners in every other state in the nation, have jointly filed a federal lawsuit against four phony cancer charities and their operators.

    The organizations, with strong roots in East Tennessee, allegedly scammed people of more than $187 million.

  • Schools aim for ‘seamless’ transition

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes was one of many people who expressed sadness about the closure of the Michael Dunn Center School.

    “That makes me cry,” he said.

    Mike McElhinney, president and CEO of the Michael Dunn Center, said the school’s closure will impact nine students – seven from Roane County, and two from Morgan County.

    Michael Dunn received money for the Roane County students who attended the school.

  • Michael Dunn graduates last school students

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    It was a bittersweet moment for parents gathering to see their children adorned in caps and gowns at their graduations from Michael Dunn School last week.

    The class is the final group to graduate from the school, which has been educating developmentally disabled children from Roane and surrounding counties for decades.

    “We hate that it is the last but [glad] he can graduate out,” said Rick Gaylor about his son, Cody. “He’s enjoyed it.”

  • 30-cent tax hike over first hurdle

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee finished putting together its proposal for the 2015-16 fiscal year last Thursday.

    It plans to recommend a budget that calls for an increase in the property tax rate.

    “I think it’s a reasonable, rational proposal,” Budget Committee Member Steve Kelley said.