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  • 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.

  • Tempers fray over Rockwood utility issues

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board is relying on an almost-18-percent hike in water rates to balance the utilities’ budget.

    The increase, contingent on approval from Rockwood City Council, will affect ratepayers who use at least 1,500 gallons monthly.

    It’s among the budgeting tactics water officials used to bolster the bottom line of the struggling utility that has recently come under state scrutiny.

  • Rockwood officials' unseen letter excuses have hole

    Out of sight, out of mind? Or ignorance is bliss?

    Whatever the reason, a number of Rockwood officials claimed Monday to have neither seen nor received a Tennessee Comptroller’s Office letter rebuking officials for interdepartmental loans between three city-operated utilities and ordering a repayment plan within 60 days.

    “You’ve got about 45 days left to do something,” said Glen McCuiston, a Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board member during that body’s regular meeting on Monday.

  • Abbi's wild ride: Drug reaction helps save chid's life

    A Walnut Hill Elementary student is recovering from spinal meningitis, but ambulance mishaps didn’t help situation.
    Eight-year-old Abbi Byrd of Fiske Heights on Thursday complained of a headache and had a fever.
    By Friday, she was vomiting.
    She was first diagnosed with walking pneumonia on Friday night at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and released.
    However, on Saturday night, her mother, Amanda Beard, found her unresponsive and an ambulance was called.

  • Kingston hotels oppose Roane State proposal

    A proposal by Roane State President Gary Goff asking for area lodges to help fund the  Henry-Stafford Exposition Center is already meeting opposition.

    A letter from Kingston hotel owners said Goff plans to ask to raise the hotel occupancy tax in Harriman and Roane County in order to help fund the center.

    The letter to Kingston City Council members and the Roane County Commission says the Expo is an asset to the community. but its benefits are to Harriman lodging, not Kingston’s.

  • Nonprofit allocations raise commissioner eyebrows

    Roane County employees who don’t work for the school system might not get a raise for the second year in a row.

    With that in mind, the county’s plans to give $127,450 to nonprofit organizations during the 2010-11 fiscal year isn’t sitting well with some commissioners.

    Former budget director Alva Moore said it would cost about $103,000 to give a 1-percent raise to employees.

  • Nonprofit allocations raise commissioner eyebrows

    Roane County employees who don’t work for the school system might not get a raise for the second year in a row.

    With that in mind, the county’s plans to give $127,450 to nonprofit organizations during the 2010-11 fiscal year isn’t sitting well with some commissioners.

    Former budget director Alva Moore said it would cost about $103,000 to give a 1-percent raise to employees.

  • Two wrecks; one fatal

    A Rockwood woman extricated from an accident Thursday evening died Monday at University of Tennessee Medical Center.

    Margaret M. Slaven was taken off life support Monday afternoon.

    Her husband, Kenneth Slaven, is still in the hospital.

    The driver of the other vehicle, Rae M. Green, also of Rockwood, was also injured.

    According to a report by Rockwood Patrolman Charles P. Haubrich, the accident happened at the intersection of Molyneux Street and Belle Avenue around 9:45 p.m.

  • County employee bonuses pondered

    Talk about raises continues to come up in discussions about Roane County’s proposed budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year.  

    “Do we have any type of wiggle room for a one-time bonus?” Commissioner Randy Ellis asked during a budget committee meeting last week.

    New County Executive Ron Woody recommended that the commission get a budget passed first and look at giving raises or bonuses later.