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What’s up for the New Calendar Year? – Jan 2019

What’s Up for the 2019 new calendar year (Jan-Dec)? We are halfway through our 2019 budget year (07/01/2018- 06/30/19). The six-month offset between our calendar year and our budget year allows us to evaluate the county and understand what is needed to keep Roane County on the right trajectory. For the next several months our Accounting Department with the County Executive’s Office will be working with our departments putting together our capital plans and capital budgets. We are now working out our 20-year capital plans.

The Capital Plan proceeds accordingly: During the first of the calendar year, we began focusing on our capital plans: 1) To understand what assets need to be purchased, maintained or replaced according to local, state, and federal legislation and objectives. 2) Next, we incorporate the capital need with our county operational budgets which are implemented on the first of July. 3) Finally, the Capital and Operations Budgets are adopted.

Here are a few of the capital issues under consideration. You can learn more about them in previous newsletters or read about them in upcoming issues here:

  • Schools (replacement or consolidation of physical assets)
  • Jail Expansion (property is purchased and preliminary designs are being reviewed)
  • Poplar Creek Rd (funding is approved and plans are being designed)
  • Recreation Programs (currently working with a 17-year-old master plan)
  • Caney Creek Bridge Replacement (TDOT project with local impact)

Additional Plans in Development:

  • Riley Creek Campground future plans and operations
  • Courthouse/Jail Parking
  • Ambulance Service Expansion into service area of Rockwood
  • Enhancement of County Fire Services (study underway)
  • Industrial Certified Site Development (reviewing inventory)

Through the planning process, we have identified a few matters which will impact our path forward:

  • Kingston TVA Ash Spill
  • Involvement with the DOEs plans of reindustrialization, future federal missions, community, business, industrial impact on Watts Bar Reservoir
  • Roane Academy, now known as the Youth Opportunity Center for Success and Independence or Youth Opportunity found in the Roane County Industrial Park
  • Asian carp and aquatic weeds
  • Accounting issue with Other Post-Employment Benefit (OPEB) – See “Impacts of Accounting Regulation” 
  • US Census (Roane County must start initial work in February 2019)
  • More to come…

So buckle-up, Roane County ’s, $100,000,000 budget works begin now.

Roane County Emergency Medical Services – Dec 2018

{Tim Suter, Director of Emergency Medical Services}

Community Affirmation: Roane County emergency medical responders work long hours in every imaginable condition. The hard work they do behind the scenes can go unnoticed in the face of personal tragedy. They don’t work for the praise and certainly not the money. Our emergency medical responders chose a vocation that requires a passion for the job and compassion for the suffering. Here is one of many examples of a Roane County Emergency Medical Service provider who works passionately with compassion.

Sir: I am writing to you about one of your EMTs. He responded to our home at (redacted) on November 1st. He was really sweet and kind to my mother after she had fallen in our home. He kept her calm while she was put on the gurney to be transported to the ER at Roane Medical Center. His kindness did not stop there. While he was finishing up his paperwork he noticed me waiting to hear about Mom. He came over to give me a word about mom and to let me know that she was being taken care of by the doctor. He gave me words of encouragement. You have a fine man in Charles Dodson and I appreciate his time. He may not have rushed into a burning building but the care he showed my mom makes him a hero and his speaking to me in the ER waiting room helped me to make decisions with a clear mind. He and his teammates are real hero’s to me and I wish that you would accept my thanks for their services and convey to them my thanks. – Ruby Curtis

The First Ambulances in Roane County

{Robert Bailey – Roane County Historian}

Until the 1970s in Roane County, if you had a medical emergency that required transportation, whom did you call? You called the funeral home, of course! Roane County did not have a government operated ambulance service until 1971. Up to that time, the funeral homes operated the only available ambulance service. In 1970, two of the funeral homes operating in Roane County discontinued ambulance service citing increasing costs. That led to the county to begin providing the service. From stories that have been told, it could be a fast and interesting ride in the Booth Funeral Home of Rockwood ambulance. An early 1930’s photo of the Lamb & Coulter Funeral Home of Rockwood shows a combination hearse/ambulance. The only difference was the window shades. As an ambulance, the shades were pulled down to show a red cross.

Originally written for the Roane County Newsletter to the Community, August 2015.