Local News

  • County does motel/hotel tax audit

    Roane County Government contracted with Tax Management Associates Inc. to do an audit of local campgrounds and hotels/motels.

    The contract amount was $13,000, but the five companies that were chosen for the hotel/motel tax audit owed only a combined $622.

    “It was a good idea,” County Executive Ron Woody said about doing the audit. “We will always periodically check. You want to make sure everybody is doing what’s right, and they were.”

  • Good news for Kingston in financial audit

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council members got an advanced screening of the city’s financial audit report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, and early reviews were good.

    “Overall, you’ve done well,” principal auditor Lee Gowan of Knoxville’s Rodefer and Moss told council members at a Dec. 6 work session.

    Gowan spent three weeks working on the draft report, which will now go to press for submission to the state comptroller’s office.

  • Befuddlement over bid for sewer plant addition saves Kingston $700,000

    By Mike Gibson
    A miss is as good as a mile, or so they say. Better yet, for the city of Kingston, a second or two was worth $700,000.

    At a Dec. 6 work session, Kingston City Council learned that Haren Construction Co. of Etowah has been recognized as low bidder on expansion of the Kingston wastewater treatment plant.

    The capacity of the plant is being doubled from 1 million gallons to 2 million gallons per day, and Haren’s low bid was $4.712 million on Nov. 8.

  • County lawmakers to look at resolution for weaker Sunshine Law

    Roane County Commissioners will be asked to support weakening the state’s open meetings law, which requires adequate public notice when two or more members of a governing body meet.

    There is a movement under way across the state to change the law, popularly known as the Sunshine Law, and allow members of a governing body to meet in private as long as a quorum is not present.

     If the movement is successful, seven of Roane County’s 15 commissioners could meet to discuss county business outside the eyes of the public.

  • LOST: Grand marshal’s wedding ring

    Rockwood Christmas parade grand marshal Jonathan Foust flung more than candy from his vehicle on Thursday night.

    Foust, a former state trooper recovering from a liver transplant, also ended up inadvertently throwing out his wedding ring.

    “It was probably down there by the liquor place (Gateway Spirits) on the left,” he said Friday. “That is where I first noticed it was gone.”

    Foust believes the ring, a sterling silver band with a cross on it, slid from his finger as he tossed candy to parade enthusiasts.

  • District shifts to impact a handful

    The number of County Commissioners and Board of Education members did not change under the redistricting plan approved by the Roane County Commission last month.

    “We didn’t change much of anything,” said Commission Chairman James Brummett, who also chaired the county’s redistricting committee.

    State law requires counties to redistrict every 10 years. Brummett and Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway described the process as rather uneventful.  

  • GM deal good news for Roane plant

    Roane County officials were pleased to learn the parent company of Toho Tenax will be working with General Motors to develop technology that will reduce vehicle weight and improve fuel economy.   

    The partnership between and GM and Teijin, Toho’s parent company, was announced last week.

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  • State finds falsified county invoice

    The state’s latest audit of Roane County government resulted in five causes for concern — including one with the road department severe  enough to prompt possible  criminal action.
    “We bought some fuel,” Road Superintendent Tom Hamby said. “That’s what they got us on.”
    Buying fuel wasn’t the issue. The way Hamby’s department handled it is what the state had a problem with.

  • Who are you going to vote for?

    Eight people have filed to run for two county offices in next year’s election.
    The deadline was noon Thursday.
    The race for property assessor is the most-crowded with five people in the running.
    The group includes incumbent Teresa Kirkham, Cheryl L. Laxton, David Morgan, Steven Robinette and J.T. Woods.
    Kirkham faced just one opponent — Robinette — when she ran for re-election in 2008.
    She won that race handily.
    Road Superintendent Tom Hamby has decided to not seek re-election.