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  • Pay part of reason to scrap boards

    Roane County Commissioners get paid $102.50 for committee meetings. District 2 Commissioner Randy Ellis said the cost is another reason why he’s pushing to do away with the Commission committees that aren’t required by state law. 

    “If we have a once a month workshop and cut a lot of these committees out, it’s going to save the taxpayers a lot of money,” Ellis said. 

  • A piece of history, and it can be yours

    The oldest and most historic home in Roane County is for sale.

    Located on the corner of Cumberland and Kentucky streets in Kingston, directly across from the historic Roane County Courthouse, the more-than-200-year-old Col. Gideon Morgan House is a rare example of the Federal style.

    Priced at $399,000, the four-bedroom, one-bath home is a bargain considering its history, location and condition, said Kathy May-Martin, listing agent with Coldwell Banker Jim Henry & Associates.

  • Harriman home rehab grants talk Tuesday

    Those needing assistance in rehabilitating their homes may want to learn about possible help at a public meeting to discuss the $500,000 in home grant funds the city of Harriman was given by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. 

    The meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

  • Chancellor: ‘Clean up half that mess’

    Chancellor Frank V. Williams III had some stern advice for Helen Hayes on Thursday.

    “I tell people to stay out of court,” he said. “Don’t ever come to court because bad things happen to people when they come into a courtroom, and something bad is going to happen to you on Jan. 4 if you don’t clean up half that mess.”

    Williams is referring to the mess on the property that Hayes owns at 1812 Bluff Road, Harriman. 

  • New counsel for man charged with shooting at police

    A Harriman man charged with shooting at police in March 2016 is set to go to trial on July 26.

    Nathan Robert Manis, 29, also has a new attorney in Ian McCabe after Judge Jeff Wicks ruled in favor of attorney Mart S. Cizek’s motion to withdraw over a conflict of interest. 

    Cizek was the Police Benevolent Association representative for former Harriman officer Steve Hart while the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looked into the officer-involved shooting. 

  • County boards history?

    Some County Commission committees are required by state law.

    Commissioner Randy Ellis wants to do away with the ones that aren’t.

    Ellis and fellow District 2 Commissioner Greg Ferguson have filed a resolution for Monday’s regular meeting that calls for abolishing 24 Commission boards and committees.

    The idea, Ellis said, originated with Commission Chairman Ron Berry.

    “When he became chairman a few years ago, he made the comment that he would like for us to go to doing workshops,” Ellis said.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like CHRISTMAS

    For years many of the residents of Van Stowe Road have gone above and beyond to make their neighborhood one of the merriest places to be around the Christmas season.

    The unassuming road may not seem like Christmas central at first, but as you crest a hill and pass under a row of lighted archways you quickly find out the source of the nearby glow you were seeing, as numerous houses go all out with lights, inflatables, nativities and more.

  • Outdoor Kingston boosts dog park

    A Kingston nonprofit organization is raising money to build the county’s first dog park on land adjacent to the walking trail at Fort Southwest Point.

    Members of the Outdoor Kingston Foundation presented the Kingston City Council with preliminary plans to create “Fort Paws” at a workshop Tuesday.

    The park would provide a safe place for dogs to run free to play with other dogs and their families, said Outdoor Kingston Board Chairman Charles Elmore.

  • Equipment failure puts raw sewage in Emory

    Raw sewage overflowed from a malfunctioning pump station in Harriman this weekend.

    “We had an equipment failure at the Walnut Hill pump station that caused the pumps not to start as the level in the wet well rose creating the overflow. This is not normal operating procedure and we continually are working on ways to prevent this type of occurrence,” said Bill Young, Harriman Utility Board manager.

    The station is on the bank where the inlet from the Emory River comes in across from Walnut Hill Baptist Church.

  • Harriman officials OK splash pad study

    Harriman is moving forward with plans to develop a splash pad for local youth.

    The proposed cost of the splash pad is around $400,000, and officials gave City Manager Kevin Helms the OK to start looking at moving forward but not spending money yet.