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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Arrests: Oct. 28-Nov. 7, 2014

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Oct. 28 — Timothy Allen Aslinger, 37, 364 Half Moon Road, Oliver Springs: violation of probation/parole, burglary, theft of property $1,000-$9,999.

    • Michael Allen Graham, 39, 412 W. Wheeler St., Rockwood: driving on revoked/suspended license, DUI.

  • State seeking environmental stewards

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation welcomes Tennesseans to submit nominations for the Governor’s 2015 Environmental Stewardship Awards.

    The awards recognize Tennesseans who go above and beyond to protect the state’s diverse environment.

    “It is important to recognize the Tennesseans who help keep our state’s air, land and water healthy because these efforts make our communities stronger,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said.

  • New year, new meeting date for OR heritage group

    Oak Ridge Heritage and Preservation Association is kicking off the new year by

    setting a new meeting time and date for its monthly meetings.

    Effective in January, the new membership and public monthly meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. the second Friday of each month.

    The next meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 9 in Midtown Community Center (Wildcat Den) at 102 Robertsville

    Road.

    Previously, the heritage and preservation group met at 7 p.m. the second Thursday of each month.

  • Tennessee Theatre to be discussed at Knox Heritage luncheon on Jan. 16

    Knox Heritage’s series of educational lunches, Lost and Found, will continue on Jan. 16 with a look at the historic Tennessee Theatre.

    Jack Neely and Becky Hancock will present a history of the Tennessee Theatre.

    Hancock is executive director of the Tennessee Theater Foundation, and Neely has just released a book, “The Tennessee Theatre: A Grand Entertainment Palace.”

    They will discuss the little-known facts and interesting historical tidbits discovered while researching the book.

    The luncheon will be in the office of Knox

  • Free camping on Obed on MLK Day

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 19 by authorizing one night of free backcountry camping permits.

    Other fee-free days during 2015 are also planned.

    They include Feb. 14-16 to commemorate Presidents Day weekend, April 18-19 to celebrate the opening weekend of National Park Week, Aug. 25 to celebrate the National Park Service birthday, Sept. 26 to observe National Public Lands Day, and Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.