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  • Getting, spending grants tricky biz

    Experienced city officials know that securing state and federal grant money is competitive business.

    They also know that if they are lucky enough to land one, the strings that come with it can complicate spending the money.

    When the Kingston City Council met this week, both aspects of the grant process were up for discussion.

  • Woody issues warning for year ahead

    Whether it’s the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office or the state, the 2015 reappraisal will get done.

    Property owners might not like the results, however.

    “You could have a reduction in the value of your home and pay more taxes without a tax increase, because it’s an equalizing process, and it shifts,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It’s shifted to the lakefront communities, and it’s probably going to shift away from them for a while.”

  • Reappraisal crisis deepens

    The county got another warning letter from the state this week about the reappraisal.

    This one, from Kelsie Jones, executive secretary for the State Board of Equalization, warns Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan to comply with the required actions specified in a Division of Property Assessments memo by Feb. 13.

    If not, “the board must direct DPA to take such measures as will assure compliance with legal requirements for reappraisal with the county being responsible for the full cost,” Jones wrote.

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  • TVA asking customers to reduce electrical use during Wednesday cold snap

    The Tennessee Valley Authority is asking for a voluntary reduction in electricity use until Thursday afternoon as a result of frigid temperatures causing high demand across the Southeast.

    The request extends to all electric power consumers – residential, commercial and industrial customers.

    The voluntary reduction will help ensure a continued supply of power to essential services throughout TVA’s seven-state service territory and avoid interruptions of service.

  • Gas prices tip under $2 in Roane

    Significantly lower gas prices saved Americans big dollars in 2014.

    In fact, according to the travel group AAA, Americans saved $14 billion on gasoline last year.

    Roane County residents are among those breathing a sigh of relief as at least one station has dropped below $2 a gallon.

    For Mary Austin, who works at a gas station/convenience store in Rockwood, the savings has meant longer local trips.

  • Does county need property manager?

    Hiring someone to oversee properties the county is forced to purchase at back-tax sales is something that could come up for discussion in 2015.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody broached the idea with the budget committee last month.

    “We’re managing it now with our existing (staff), but apparently it’s not adequate for the commission,” Woody said.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis has been outspoken about the county taking people to court for violating zoning regulations when the county itself owns properties that are in disarray.

  • Roane girl dies after accident

    A 5-year-old Harriman girl died three days after an accident involving an ambulance and a minivan.

    Lillian Creek was one of five children in the van, all under the age of 8. The children were ages 2, 4, 5, 6 and 7.

    Tennessee Highway Patrol preliminary reports said that on Dec. 31, the minivan, driven by Jessica K. Creek, 26, was traveling south on Hwy. 95 near Greenback when “the driver possibly turned her head to tend to her passengers.”

  • Legislative Breakfast moves

    The format and location for this year’s Legislative Breakfast has changed.

    Wade Creswell, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said a desire for more space and substance sparked the changes.

    “We don’t know of anyone that was unhappy with what was done in the past,” he said. “We are trying to make sure the meeting is useful to our elected officials and accurately represents the views of the collective business community.”

  • Fugitive caught in Roane

    A man suspected in a vehicle pursuit in a neighboring county was arrested in Harriman.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said the Tennessee Highway Patrol brought Adam D. Phillips to the jail to be booked Monday afternoon.