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Harriman leaders to hear from Yager at meeting Tuesday

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By Cindy Simpson

Harriman officials expect to learn more about legislation that impacts Harriman when they meet with state Sen. Ken Yager Tuesday.

Yager will meet with Harriman City Council during a June 17 workshop that will start after a 6 p.m. special-called meeting.

“I want to impress to him how concerned I am with the methamphetamine problem and the pain pill addiction problem in Roane County and see what we can do to help him find some solution,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

The pain pill problem has been an issue that Councilman J.D. Sampson has brought up before as well, saying there was concern that some residents were visiting certain local doctors to obtain large prescriptions they then sell on the streets.

Sampson, who is intent on annexing down the Hwy. 70 commercial corridor in Midtown, also wants to learn more about the impact of annexation laws.

Yager has said there are some exceptions to new legislation passed this year that require annexation only by referendum. That includes if the people in the area request to be annexed. There are also steps to continue annexation in cases where annexation by ordinance procedures had already begun prior to the new state legislations' implementation.