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  • Final vote on Kingston budget set for Tuesday

    Kingston City Council members agreed at last week’s work session to put a tight, tidy budget on the agenda for its June 10 full council session for a second and final reading.

    The June 3 work session also saw council set a public hearing on the proposed budget — necessary by state law — for 6:45 on June 10.

    The meeting itself begins at 7 p.m.

    The proposed budget was approved on first reading last month.

    At just more than $5.4 million, it stands at about $100,000 less than the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

  • Harriman leaders to mull charter changes

    Harriman City Council will consider final passage of proposed changes to the Harriman City Charter during its regular meeting Tuesday.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    The Tennessee General Assembly approved the charter changes in late May.

    The charter changes include establishing a city manager position.

    The changes also make the city’s chief finance officer, city judge and attorney Council appointments.

    Presently, all are elected by city voters during the Harriman mayoral elections.

  • Farmers market now open for 2014 season

    Harriman’s farmers market is now open for the growing season.

    The market, which officially opened last weekend, features fresh produce and from 8 a.m. to noon (or sellout) each Saturday, and from 3 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday.

    “This is a true farmers market,” Harriman Councilman Ken Mynatt said. “People selling at this market are selling stuff they have grown. This is all Tennessee produce.”

    Margaret Jones is a regular that loves the camaraderie and good food.

  • Flipped truck stalls traffic

    Traffic was at a standstill on Interstate 40 in West Roane County when a tractor trailer carrying pet supplies overturned last week. The tractor trailer stretched out across all eastbound lanes of traffic at mile marker 341 and stalled traffic from the afternoon into the evening. The driver was sent to Roane Medical for minor injuries, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

  • Donate blood, get a free movie pass

    Medic Regional Blood Center has a special offer for all donors who give blood on June 11-12.

    Anyone who donates on those days will receive one free Regal Cinema movie pass that has no expiration date.

    This special incentive is designed to help boost the inventory during the slow summer season, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic’s public relations.

    “We are happy to have this opportunity to offer something that our donors really appreciate,” she said.

  • Sewage plant changes will improve things for STEP users

    Kingston water board members have created steps for STEPs — and now city sewage customers can feel a little better about waste.

    A few years ago, having upgraded its wastewater treatment plant, the city of Kingston placed a moratorium on so-called STEP, or septic tank effluent pumping systems, because the plant lacked a receiving station to dispose of the waste from those systems.

    Now, with the recent wastewater facility expansion, Kingston has a receiving station. 

  • Church mouse prompts book

    Myra Humphrey heard a story that needed to be told when she learned the tale of how a mouse once got into the organ at Kingston First Baptist Church. 

    “The thought came to me ― had to be from God ― that the story is yours to write. My feeling was where did that come from? I’ve never written a children’s book. I came home. I put it on paper. My daughter (Melanie Scott) is a good artist, so I asked her about doing some illustrations for the book, which she did,” Humphrey said. 

  • Rockwood mayor says proposed new budget free of surprises

    Rockwood will be considering final passage of a fiscal year 2015 budget that includes a 5-cent property tax increase at its meeting Monday, June 9, at 6 p.m. 

    The property tax proposal would raise taxes from 95 cents per $100 valuation to $1 per $100 valuation. Other than that and a 2 percent raise for city employees, Mayor James Watts said there are few big items that a future administration would have to deal with.

  • United Way director familiar to many

    Dina Jackson has tackled grants and other projects while working for Harriman, but she’ll soon be leaving the city to take on a new role. 

    Jackson was named the new director of the Roane County United Way this week.

  • Schools again seek tax hike

    School system business manager Eric Harbin told the Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee to expect a request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.  

    “We’re still pretty much in the same spot as we were last year,” Harbin told the committee on May 27. 

    Last year, the Roane County Board of Education requested a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate.