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  • Legislature to again eye gas tax

    State Sen. Ken Yager heard an earful about taxes during his appearance at last week’s Roane County Tea Party meeting.

    Some people, like Val McNabb, feel like governments – federal, state and local – get enough of their money and don’t need any more.

    “Every branch of the government every year wants a nickle, a dime more,” McNabb said. “So anytime a tax comes up, you’re always going to get these people and myself to say, ‘No. You’ve got enough. Manage what you’re doing right now.’”

  • Do-nothing demolitions may soon end

    Rockwood property owners don’t need to dawdle when they have a demolition permit.

    An ordinance that would shorten the amount of time to get to work on demolitions was approved on first reading by the Rockwood City Council in December.

    Presently, demolition permit holder have 180 days to start work on razing structures.

    The proposed ordinance instead would give the permit holder 90 days to start work.

  • Karate donation honors Harold Long

    The International Association of Isshin-Ryu Karate recently made a special donation toward Harriman’s Korean War Memorial.

    The $500 contribution is in honor of all veterans, but it is particularly given in memory of the Association’s late founder, Grand Master Harold Long.

    Grand Master Tommy True of Roane School of Isshin-Ryu Karate in Harriman said Long, a Rockwood native who was raised in Morgan County, founded the International Isshin-Ryu Karate Association.

  • Yellow DOT gives first responders info they need

    Emergency responders will know your medical concerns and even your preferred hospital and other such information with the Yellow DOT program.

    Harriman Fire Department can help residents get started if they stop by Fire Station 1 for the free folder to store the information, as well as take a photo for identification to include in the folder.

    “It has all your medical information in it,” said interim chief Brad Daniels.

    The packets are available at the fire station from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

  • ELECTION 2016: County hopefuls pick up petitions starting today

    Candidates for the Aug. 4 election can start picking up petitions today – Friday.

    A number of offices are up for grab this year, including property assessor, road superintendent, general sessions court judge Part 1 and 9th Judicial District criminal court judge.

    Candidates for those jobs are already emerging.

    Molly Leggins-Hartup, an accounting clerk in the Roane County Executive’s Office, filed paperwork last year to start raising money for the property assessor’s race.

  • ORDER UP! Archie’s brings past tastes to The Bridge of today

    Archie’s Café is back in business.

    The 5-year-old fast-food hangout in The Bridge at Rockwood closed over the holidays to renovate its look and expand its fare.

    Now, it has a ’50s vibe, along with a soda machine, hot dog spit and a milkshake machine to help its residents – and their families – enjoy more of a homey environment, explained Kathy Parks, admissions/marketing director.

    “The residents and their families love it,” she said.

  • Houston appealing conviction

    Leon Houston is appealing his federal conviction.

    His defense attorney, Mike Whalen of Knoxville, filed the notice this week.
    Houston, 57, was found guilty on Nov. 18 of threatening to kill his former attorney via interstate commerce.

    U.S. District Judge Pamela Reeves sentenced him to time served at his federal sentencing hearing on Dec. 21.

    He got out of jail the same day, but must spend the next two years on supervised released. He’s also not legally able to possess firearms because of his conviction.

  • Harriman sorts through paving needs

    Harriman will soon be advertising bidding on the $1.5 million in paving they hope to accomplish this year.

    The city budgeted financing the paving this fiscal year.

    “It’s been six years, I believe, since we’ve had any (paving) to speak of,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

    “I’m hopeful we’ll be able to follow along and continue to” pave each year until we get the streets done, said Wright.

  • County hopefuls pick up petitions starting today

    Candidates for the Aug. 4 election can start picking up petitions today – Friday.

    A number of offices are up for grab this year, including property assessor, road superintendent, general sessions court judge Part 1 and 9th Judicial District criminal court judge.

    Candidates for those jobs are already emerging.

    Molly Leggins-Hartup, an accounting clerk in the Roane County Executive’s Office, filed paperwork last year to start raising money for the property assessor’s race.

  • ARRESTS Dec. 29-31, 2015

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Dec. 29 – Heather Michelle Melton, 39, 444 Shady Lane, Kingston: failure to appear.

    • Howard Scotty Goad, 35, 157 Taylor Creek Road, Wartburg, violation of probation/parole.

    • Randy Lee Greene, 50, 123 Gobblers Knob Road, Harriman: driving on revoked/suspended license.

    • Alex M. Whalen, 27, 112 Zeni Lane, Harriman: violation of probation/parole.