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Today's News

  • Workshop to help with starting up a new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.
    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 30 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike. Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2663 or jbangs@tsbdc.org for details.

  • Rarity's Ross still in the hole on taxes

    Despite a big payment that came in last month, Oak Ridge Land Co. LLC still owes Roane County money.
    Developer Mike Ross is the registered agent for the company, which failed to pay 2008 property taxes on hundreds of parcels in his Rarity Ridge and Rarity Oaks developments.
    Clerk and Master Shannon Conley said the county received payment last month of approximately $311,000.
    Conley said the check came from Regions Bank, and it still didn’t cover all of what Oak Ridge Land Co. owes in 2008 unpaid property taxes, penalties and other fees.

  • Two killed in separate crashes

    By Damon Lawrence and Cindy Simpson

    Two young Roane County men lost their lives Friday morning in separate crashes on major thoroughfares.

    Anthony Dale Basler, 23, died at the scene of a 6:22 a.m. crash on Interstate 40 near the Buttermilk Road exit.

    Ninety minutes later, 26-year-old Cody E. Sackett of Kingston was killed on Hwy. 58 in a two-vehicle crash near River Road.

  • Roane area reunions

    Editor’s note: The Roane County News publishes reunions each Monday. Reunion notices should be submitted no later than 3 p.m. Thursday to appear in the following Monday paper.

    COMMUNITY
    • A Walnut Hill old-time community reunion will be from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Roane County Park shed 2. Those attending are asked to bring pictures and a covered dish for the meal. Call Pam Lively Hines at 882-8435, Deanna Lively Newberry at 423-369-2755 or Judy May Shubert at 882-2239 for details.

  • Oran's Flower Shop now open in Kingston
  • The Garden Gate: Trees in a category of their own

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • Utility loans may be illegal, state says

    An official with the Tennessee Comptroller’s Office determined last week that Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas may have violated state law by allowing interdepartmental borrowing of operating funds.
    Rod King, general manager of the utilities, and the city board governing the operations have openly admitted the more profitable gas department has loaned money to the water and sewer departments.
    A comptroller’s office review of city finances indicates, however, that the issuance of such loans was not previously approved as required by statute.

  • Tiger Haven buys more land, but has no plans to expand

    Tiger Haven has purchased 11 acres adjacent to its big cat sanctuary in East Roane County.
    Freddie L. Pesterfield is listed as the seller on the warranty deed, which was filed with the Register of Deeds Office last month. The purchase price for the property was listed at $66,000.
    Tiger Haven is located on Harvey Road. According to its website, Tiger Haven is home to more than 280 big cats. Most are tigers, lions, leopards and cougars.

  • Harriman won't put manager on ballot

    Harriman voters won’t get a say on whether they would like to have a city manager-style of government.
    At least not yet.
    While some Harriman City Council members have said they’d prefer a decision from city voters over having to make one themselves, that’s not how the majority voted last week when council member Ken Mynatt took steps toward giving constituents that choice on the Nov. 2 ballot.
    “This way, we let the citizens decide,” he proposed in making a motion to that end.

  • THP to conduct sobriety checks in Roane County