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  • Sheriff's youth camp takes to the water

    Cassi Maggard, Adele Phillips (first photo) and Emily Thompson (second photo)  take a cruise on the Sheriff's boat on Watts Bar Lake at the end of the Sheriff's Youth Camp last month.

  • Woody not alone in Plateau Park doubts

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is not the only county head who sees a problem with the Plateau Partnership Park agreement.

    Morgan County Executive Don Edwards does as well.

    “Morgan County has no more money to put into this project nevertheless,” he wrote in an email to Woody on July 1. “We must rework this agreement ASAP.”

    The industrial park is a joint venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties.

  • Boost in pay on for some officials

    Some of Roane County’s highest-paid officials will be better compensated in the new fiscal year.

    General Sessions Court judges Dennis Humphrey and Jeff Wicks, Director of Schools Toni McGriff and County Attorney Tom McFarland are all getting hikes in pay.

    The raises for Humphrey, Wicks and McFarland are state mandated.

    McGriff’s contract with the Board of Education calls for annual raises.

  • Too close for comfort? Rebuilding on lots in historic district a violation of town’s zoning laws

    When Harriman was formed more than a century ago, lots were sold in small sizes.

    Many homes, including large Victorian ones in the Cornstalk Heights historic district, were often built close together with small yards.

    In many instances, those conditions would violate the city’s present zoning ordinances.

    “If my house burned down today, I couldn’t rebuild it,” said Buddy Holley, a Harriman City Council member who lives in the Cornstalk Heights district.

  • Wrestling returns to Hooray

    The return of wrestling to Hooray for Harriman’s Labor Day Festival was a big hit in the past, and bigger names will likely bring even bigger crowds to this year’s event on Sept. 5.

    “That was the biggest draw,” said festival chairman Randy Ellis. “I bet you there was 800 to 1,000 people at the wrestling last year.”

  • $30,000 allotted to clean up meth labs

    The proposed budget for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office grew by $30,000 last month when the budget committee adjusted it to provide funding for the clean up of methamphetamine-producing labs.

    Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Meth Task Force, said the average cost to clean up a meth lab is $2,500.

    Local governments used to rely on federal funds to clean up meth labs. They had to come up with another source of funding after the federal money dried up.

  • Kingston honors six mayors during annual city picnic

    Six who have held the title of Kingston mayor were honored at the annual city picnic on July 1.

    From left are Ted Morton; Jim Henry; Teresa Nichols, standing in for Ruby Luckey, who could not make it; Don Woody; Diane McKeethan; Bob Humphreys; and current Mayor Troy Beets.

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  • OS teen killed on ATV

    An Oliver Springs teen died Friday afternoon after an all-terrain vehicle crash in Roane County.

    Ellie Elizabeth Jackson, 14, was a rising sophomore at Oliver Springs High School.

    Family members found the active teenager in the woods behind their home, removed her helmet and performed CPR.

    Jackson was active in her church and at the high school, where she was a varsity cheerleader.

    Her obituary also said she was active in the student council, the Future Business Leaders of America, 4-H Club and P-3.

  • Payback of debt leads to tax hike

    Proposed county property tax increases in Harriman, Kingston, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs and Rockwood have a lot to do with the county’s debt, said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “We’re going to have to pay our debt, and there’s some taxes for the cities because of that,” he said Tuesday.

    Roane County is $57.4 million in debt. That figure doesn’t include interest.

    Woody said it’s possible the county is still paying debt on computers that it no longer has because of past refinancing.