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  • Rockwood to pull board health insurance

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    A pricey perk that was once an option for members of Rockwood City Council and some of the city’s other boards and commissions is being eliminated.

    Rockwood City Council approved a resolution Monday night prohibiting health insurance benefits to members of council, boards, commission or authorities elected or appointed by the mayor or city council beginning July 1.

    Currently the city is paying approximately $325,000 for insurance benefits citywide.

  • Q&A on property-tax reassessments

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Property is reappraised every five years in Roane County.

    This year’s might prove more contentious than years past.

    “It may be the crucifixion for me,” Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said. “That’s what I’ve called it.”

    Some in the community have expressed dismay with her declaration that property values have increased in Roane County. The following is Part 1 of a question-and-answer session between Kirkham and the Roane County News.

  • Inspections indicate problems at landfill

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    A violation was noted during separate Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation inspections of the closed Roane County landfill last year.

    The July 27, 2009, inspection noted a violation because the facility did not correspond with permit conditions.

  • County's white house won't be appraised

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The property assessor’s office has spent a lot of time appraising property this year.

    One property that didn’t get appraised was a small white house adjacent to the new jail.

    “We won’t appraise it because it’s county-owned property,” Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said. “Anytime the county or city buys a piece of property, it comes off the tax roll.”

    When the property was on the tax roll, it was appraised at $99,000.

  • Rockwood council member dies weeks after taking husband’s seat

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Judith “Judy” Owings Wassom, a longtime community advocate who succeeded her late husband, Stan, on Rockwood City Council only four weeks ago, has died.

    She was 67.

    Wassom, a Roane County High School English teacher by profession, was found unresponsive in her Rockwood home Sunday by her son-in-law, J.J. Neerman. Despite efforts to resuscitate her, she was later pronounced dead at Roane Medical Center.

  • Relay for Life breakfast in Rockwood Saturday

    First Presbyterian Church at 429 W.

  • TVA survey reveals bass aplenty

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

     

    If TVA’s sport fish survey of Watts Bar Lake is any indication, anglers competing in next week’s Bass Federation National Championship should have plenty to catch. 

    The first two stops Wednesday morning yielded dozens of largemouth bass.

  • Shooting really case of self-defense?

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Man reportedly shoots intruder armed with a hatchet.

    A clear case of self-defense right?

    Maybe not — in one Roane County case.

    More than a year has past since authorities said Donald Goldberg told them he shot Steven Dishman in self-defense.

    The agency conducting the investigation has yet to close the Casey Road case.

  • Rarity Ridge owes more than $500,000 in back taxes

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Mike Ross earned a reputation as a major player in the upscale real-estate market, thanks to his line of Rarity developments.

    Much was expected when Ross decided to bring one, Rarity Ridge, to Roane County.

    But instead of fulfilling his tax obligations to the county, Ross’ companies have been corporate deadbeats. Oak Ridge Land Co. LLC, whose registered agent is Ross, has not paid its 2008 property taxes on 433 pieces of property.

  • Land values rising -- blame the media

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham said people should blame the media if they are disappointed when new tax appraisal notices start arriving in the mail.    

    “The news media has made it so negative that we’re all in this economic decline and everything is going south and no property values are increasing,” Kirkham said.