ROGERSVILLE - Rogersville received one construction bid Thursday for phase one of the long overdue Hale Springs Inn renovation project, but it may be several weeks before the Board of Mayor and Aldermen considers approving it. Parkway Contractors of Greeneville, the same company completing the Crockett Spring Heritage Trail project for Rogersville, submitted a bid of $819,400 for phase one, which entails renovation of the first floor, including kitchen and dining room, the back porch area and demolition upstairs in preparation for phase two. The bid will be reviewed by the project architect, who will then make a recommendation to the BMA. City officials involved with the project have estimated that there is about $800,000 remaining from a Tennessee Department of Transportation tourism grant received by the city in 2004 to pay for the renovation. Including the 20 percent match, that grant amounted to $932,965. The city has applied for another TDOT tourism grant to cover phase two. Since the first grant was awarded, there have been delays in completing the architectural plans and signing a construction contract. The inn was constructed in 1824, and at the time of its closing in 1998 was Tennessee's longest continuously operated inn.
SUD customers oppose water rate hike
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SURGOINSVILLE - A delegation of Surgoinsville residents is expected to submit a petition to the Surgoinsville Utility District tonight asking the Board of Directors to reconsider a rate hike that took effect in January. Local resident Teresa Greer told the Times-News Sunday she and a group of concerned citizens acquired the signatures, which will be presented by Surgoinsville Alderman Ralph Bass when the SUD Board of Directors meets at 7 p.m. at its Main Street office across from City Hall. The increases that affect the most residents include hikes from $7.50 to $9 per month for the first 1,000 gallons; and an increase from $2.50 to $5 for every gallon after that up to 20,000. An explanation for the increase, which was noted on SUD customers' bills, was that state environmental requirements had caused water treatment costs to increase, as well as inflation.
JC police seek tips on home invasion
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JOHNSON CITY - Johnson City police are looking for a man and woman who, identifying themselves as police or military, forced their way into an east Johnson City residence Sunday and stole an undetermined amount of cash from two residents. Police withheld some details about the crime, but did say a white man and woman forced the residents into rooms where they were told to stay put while the residence was searched. The male suspect is described as about 5-foot-10 and skinny with blue eyes and shorter, shaved hair. The female is described as about 5-foot-7, skinny with brown eyes and blond hair that has darker roots. Police are asking anyone with information to call Crimestoppers at 434-6158 or the Johnson City Police Department at 434-6166.