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  • County eyeing South Roane squad building

    Roane County officials are looking to purchase the South of the River Rescue Squad building.

    “We house an ambulance down there now,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “If we leave that facility, you pull an ambulance out of that community.”

    County Commissioners Carolyn Granger and Darryl Meadows submitted a resolution for the May 14 Commission meeting to purchase the rescue squad building for $258,000.

    The resolution also included an option to lease the building for 60 months at $2,500 per month.

  • House razing heads to court

    Rockwood is taking two more property owners to Roane County Chancery Court to address cleanup issues.

    Rockwood City Council approved resolutions to authorize a Chancery Court suit to enforce a building inspector order to demolish structures at 409 N. Lenoir Ave. and 709 N. Wilder Ave.

    “This means we’ve exhausted all other means of getting this resolved, correct?” said Councilman Dudley Evans.

    “Yes,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

  • Kingston pool opening on May 29

    The swimming pool at Kingston Community Center will open for the summer season on May 29.

    Public swimming hours will be from 1 to 4:30 p.m. weekdays from May 29-Aug. 12.

    Admission is $2.50 per person; ages 60 and older are admitted free.

    Season pool passes are available for $70 each or $130 for a families with up to six members. A 10-percent discount will be offered through June 16.

    Free water exercise and short-lap swimming for adults will be from noon to 12:45 p.m. weekdays June 4-Aug. 10.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Wheel tax vote gives you a say, but not about school plan

    Ever since the debate over the school building program began, I’ve been trying to focus on the benefits of improving education rather than the cost.

    After all, if improving education can solve half the problems outlined in The Roane Alliance President Wade Creswell’s K-14 presentation, $68 million could turn out to be a bargain.

    I am certain that improving educational achievement will absolutely be worth every penny we can afford to spend.

  • Schools budget 1 percent employee pay raises

    The Roane County Board of Education passed its budget for the 2018-19 school year on Thursday.

    The budget includes an across-the- board 1 percent pay raise for school system employees.

    “One percent for everybody,” school board business manager Eric Harbin said.

    Proposed expenditures for the 2018-19 school year are approximately $67.7 million.

    The Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee will review the school budget before it goes to the full commission for a vote later this year.

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  • Premature pool romp lands teens in trouble

    A trio of teens apparently couldn’t wait for the Rockwood Community Center pool to open for the summer on May 29.

    “On May 13, 2018, I was dispatched to the Rockwood Community Center at 710 N. Chamberlain Ave. on a criminal trespass call,” Rockwood Police Officer Daniel Jeffries wrote in a report.

    “When I arrived I found three male juveniles inside the fence climbing out of the pool.”

    Jeffries said the teens attempted to hide when he showed up, but they were unsuccessful.

  • New lights shining on downtown Harriman

    New light poles are popping up around downtown Harriman.

    On Friday, the Harriman Utility Board was installing the new fixtures.

    “Getting all of the lights installed is going to be a process that will take some time. They have most of the area in front of the HUB and Temperance Building done. I believe that as they put more up and get used to the process, each one will go a little quicker,” said City Manager Kevin Helms on Friday.

    The city is using funds they received after the Dec. 22, 2008, TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill.

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  • Leaders may have last word on school plan

    Last week’s Roane County Commission vote to put a wheel tax referendum on the ballot in November doesn’t mean funding for the Roane County Board of Education’s $68 million building plan can’t be secured before then.

    County officials are in the process of putting a budget together for the 2018-19 fiscal year.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said Friday the budget should be ready in time for Commission to vote on it at its July meeting.