Local News

  • Credit debt dwindling, but still a big problem

    While a recent study indicates that overall credit card debt has declined over the last year, with average cardholder debt still topping $6,500, paying off balances is an ongoing struggle for many consumers.
    A person with $6,500 in credit card debt at an 18-percent interest rate will take 25 years to pay off their debt if they only make the minimum monthly payments.
    In addition to the $6,500 principal, cardholders will pay an additional $9,173 in interest, meaning that $6,500 in purchases will cost the consumer $15,673.

  • RSCC Youth Leadership Academy teaches students important lessons

    Effective leadership requires organization, a commitment to teamwork and an open mind.
    Students participating in the Roane County Youth Leadership Academy at Roane State Community College were taught these lessons and many others during the weeklong program in June.
    The six rising high school seniors participated in classroom discussions about leadership and in numerous exercises designed to teach them to work together.

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  • Oak Ridgers, Harriman leaders oppose tax hike

    An Oak Ridge resident with a home appraised at $100,000 will pay an additional $16.23 in taxes if a property tax rate increase is approved by the Roane County Commission.  

    “The people that I’ve talked to don’t feel that we get our money’s worth in services,” Commissioner Steve Kelley said.

    “The people in the Oak Ridge portion of Roane County do all their business in Oak Ridge.”

  • Water-rate decision may come Friday

    The 30-percent water-rate increases talked about for Rockwood customers will go into effect Aug. 1 if a resolution is approved at special-called meetings this week.

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board will meet in special-called session at 7 p.m. today, July 11, to discuss approval of the rate increase and the 2011-12 budget.

    Rockwood City Council has scheduled a special-called meeting for 4 p.m. July 15 for the same purpose.

  • Rockwood police make drug arrests

    Crack cocaine was allegedly found on a Rockwood man already wanted on drug charges.

    According to an arrest report, a Rockwood police officer saw Elvin Landis Witherspoon walking in Evans Heights on Thursday.

    The report said Witherspoon, 30, was arrested after the officer was advised of his active warrants for drug charges.

    “Upon taking subject into custody, he advised he had a $20 rock in his left pocket,” the report said. “I removed it and he stated that it was crack cocaine.”   

  • Rockwood holding the line on property taxes

    Rockwood City Council approved a budget that leaves its property tax rate at 75 cents per $100 valuation and gives its employees a 3 percent raise.

    Council member Pete Wright likes the budget as it stands.

    “I see no reason to make any changes as we go into this coming year,” he said.

  • Harriman leader wants more TVA funding for city

    Harriman City Council member J.D. Sampson is still on his crusade to secure part of the $900,000 he said still remains of TVA restitution monies available for the Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill.

    “We lost gas, water and power in Swan Pond,” he said of the December 2008 disaster. “Kingston didn’t lose nothing.”

    He points out that the Swan Pond area is in Harriman’s urban growth boundary, and TVA’s subsequent purchase of properties takes away potential property tax revenue and utility customers from the city.

  • Officials eyeing recruiter for development

    Harriman is the latest Roane County municipality to consider hiring an industrial or retail recruiter to draw business to the area.

    “In my opinion, with Midtown coming on like it is, I think either you all  or us need to have a retail recruiter of our own,” Mayor Chris Mason recently told the Harriman Economic Development Board.

    He praised the work of Darrell Williams, The Roane Alliance’s director of business development, but added, “I think we have enough to keep Darrell busy.”