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    UT-Battelle’s $98 million appraisal could be the result of an error made by the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office.

    “They decided to finally go back and look at their paperwork, and from that standpoint they have determined that they have an error in their measurements,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody told the County Commission Monday night.

    “We are not sure of the extent. I am waiting on the assessor to reprint a tax card.”

  • Eblen’s last day on bench in Roane

    Thursday marked the final day of the criminal court term in Roane County.

    “I’ve got mixed emotions,” Judge E. Eugene Eblen said.

    Eblen has served as criminal court judge for the 9th Judicial District – which includes Roane County – for 37 years.

    He’s retiring on Dec. 31.

    His long career will be celebrated today – Friday – with a retirement party at the courthouse in Kingston.

    The party is scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. on the second floor in the criminal courtroom.

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  • Harriman building inspector steps down

    Harriman officials are considering a contract for building inspector services with the county after the departure this week of longtime building inspector Maria Nelson.

    “She is going to work as a mechanical inspector for the city of Maryville,” Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms explained.

    “While she does many different inspections for us, mechanical is her specialty field.”

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  • No seat belt? You’ll pay more in fines as of Jan. 1

    State officials believe the increase in seat-belt fines will be an effective additional tool to curb traffic fatalities in the state.

    As of Jan. 1, 2016, the fine for seat-belt violations in Tennessee will more than double.

    The fine for a first-offense seat belt violation will be raised to $25, and the second and subsequent offense will be $50.

    “So far this year, state troopers have issued over 107,000 seat belt citations,” Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security Commissioner Bill Gibbons said.

  • Ford dealership seeks $1 million-plus in aid to move to Kingston

    Jerry Duncan Ford is one step closer toward possibly relocating to Kingston ­— if the city will commit an estimated $1 million to $2.5 million in infrastructure and road construction.

    Jerry Duncan President and General Manager Marty Duncan pitched his proposal for Kingston Pointe before Kingston City Council Friday during a special called workshop.

    He is looking to purchase a 42-acre privately-owned tract of land just off Interstate 40. The land is currently owned by his father, Jerry Duncan, and Roane County businessman Steve Kirkham.

  • Chief mum about probe

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright confirmed Tuesday his department is in the midst of conducting an internal investigation — but he would not say what the investigation is for.

    “I’m not going to discuss anything, because I have an internal investigation,” the chief said.

    “It is an open investigation.”

    Wright was asked about the possibility because of rumors of a police officer’s theft of evidence.

  • New year, new general sessions judge

    The Roane County Commission is planning to make an appointment for General Sessions Court judge during a special-called meeting on Jan. 4.

    Judge Jeff Wicks, who presides over sessions court Part I, turned in his resignation to the county on Monday.

    Wicks will take over as criminal court judge for the 9th Judicial District on Jan. 1.

    He will be replacing longtime Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen, who is retiring on Dec. 31.