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  • Sales tax goes on ballot in Harriman

    Harriman officials are putting a sales tax issue on the ballot for August.

    The Harriman City Council approved second reading at their meeting this week. The city is asking voters to raise the local option sales tax from 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent with the intent all additional revenue would go to fund streets, bridges, sidewalks and storm water systems.

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  • Big dreamer in a small town

    Almost every day, rain or shine, an orange clad youth can be seen in makeshift practice, devoutly honing his football skills.

    Decked out in UT clothes, pads and a helmet, 18-year-old Colton Ruehle goes to the Walnut Hill boat ramp near his home and practices, spiraling a football and attacking his makeshift practice dummy, a desk chair, with as much ferocity as he can muster.

    “He’s out here every day. Rain. Snow. It don’t matter,” said mom Vicky Brown.

  • Elderly lady nabbed for harboring runaway Roane County teen

    A 74-year-old Madisonville woman was booked into the Roane County Jail last weekend.

    Vickie E. Wattjes is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and harboring a runaway juvenile.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stan Hohulin responded to 107 Rileys Creek Road on Sunday to investigate a report about a missing juvenile.

  • Free hazardous waste disposal set for May 12

    A household hazardous waste disposal event will be held Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Recycling Center on 215 White Pine Road in Harriman.

    The one day event offers a free and safe way for local residents to rid their homes of household hazardous materials including solvents, fluorescent bulbs, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries, fertilizer, pesticides and pool chemicals.

    The public should not bring medical waste except needles in puncture-proof containers, explosives, radioactive materials including smoke detectors or any empty containers.

  • Drainage issues addressed at Kingston McDonald's

    Neighbors could experience some benefits from the construction of a new McDonald’s in Kingston.

    “There’s some drainage problems in the back for the neighbors in the back,” McDonald’s owner John Faris said. “We’re actually putting some new drains in through the property.”

    The McDonald’s property is located on North Kentucky Street. A few homes sit behind the property.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: S.O.S. Save our schools — let us vote!

    Gentle reader, as we told you two weeks ago, we regard the mega-school issue to be the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time and we intend to devote much of our writing to that topic for the time being, and thus this week’s column is focused on one aspect of that issue, i. e. the people’s right ultimately to determine what is to be done with their schools to best serve their children, and at what cost, now and in the future.

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  • The Preserve promises home growth at site

    Things could be looking up for a once troubled subdivision.

    “There’s a lot of activity going on at The Preserve,” Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry said.

    Berry invited realtor Tom Hanrahan with Smithbilt Homes to last week’s Roane County Commission meeting to talk about it.

    “This year we expect to build 48 houses,” Hanrahan said. “Next year our goal is to do 70 to 100 houses and then 100 plus houses there on after.”

  • South Roane County fire chief announces retirement

    By Penelope Bond

    Special to the Roane County News

    At the April 10 meeting of the Roane County Fire Board, the county commissioners, fire chiefs and a great turnout of well-wishers from the South Roane County Fire Department expressed their appreciation to recently retired Chief Sam Wolfe and his wife Tami.

    Long-time South Roane County Fire Department volunteer Mike Morrison presented Chief Wolfe with a plaque recognizing his 50 years of service in firefighting.

    The warm affection and respect Chief Wolfe has earned is evident.