Local News

  • Harriman squeaks by with no tax increase

    While Harriman’s budget has been finalized for the next fiscal year without a property tax increase, officials warn  of the necessity of something in the future.

    Councilman Buddy Holley said he feels it’s a good thing the tax rate remained  unchanged this year despite lower unemployment and a more positive countywide economic outlook.

    “Eventually, we are going to have to raise taxes,” he said.

    The city hasn’t had a property tax rate increase in about 15 years.

  • Mioduski makes change for kids

    Will Mioduski, a seventh-grader at Kingston’s Cherokee Middle School, believes in giving back.

    For the past four years, Mioduski has asked the guests at his birthday party not to bring presents for him.

    Instead, he requests donations to help others.

    “He’s always had a big heart,” said his mother Wendy.

    She said that Will  asked his parents several years ago if he could do something to help others.

    That’s when he asked his friends to bring change to his birthday party.

  • Putting His WORD to paper

    “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”

    That’s what Jesus commanded his followers to do just before ascending into Heaven.

    Members of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church near Oliver Springs may not physically be able to circle the globe, but through Mount Pisgah Scripture Printing Ministry, the church is following Jesus’ commandment by putting the Word of God in the hands of millions throughout the world.

  • Banquet fundraiser to aid Oliver Springs park

    Mayme Carmichael School Organization Inc. will have its fourth annual banquet and fundraiser at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 in Oak Ridge DoubleTree Hotel at 215 S. Illinois Ave.

    Lt. Gov. Randy McNally will be the guest speaker.

    Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table.

    All proceeds go toward the preservation of the heritage of the African-American community, education and development of Carmichael Park in Oliver Springs.

  • Injured student believed asleep

    Roane County school officials believe a Ridge View Elementary School student was asleep when he fell out of his bus seat Wednesday morning.

    “What I can confirm is that from what we understand right now we had a child that fell asleep on the bus this morning and fell out of the bus seat,” said Director Leah Rice Watkins.

  • Weed-killing chemicals among issues

    A meeting of the Watts Bar Ecology and Fishery Council at the Rockwood Community Center this week turned into a debate among residents over the non-native weed eradication effort.

    Residents have publicly expressed concerns about the use of herbicide to treat areas near the Rockwood water inlet.

    Council Chairman Tim Joseph began the meeting with a discussion on the definition of and potential dangers of invasive species in the lake system.

  • HUB buys bank bldg.

    From staff reports

    Harriman Utility Board has purchased the property known as the Regions Bank building at 200 N. Roane St., adjacent to the current HUB main office building.

    “Our current building was constructed in the early 1950s, with a later addition, and is in need of major renovations,” said HUB Manager Bill Young. “We became aware that the Regions building was for sale, and that the bank was beginning construction on a new facility in the Midtown area.”

  • Lots to blame for ash illness, death

    Jacobs Engineering Group isn’t planning to go down alone.

    Attorneys for the contractor contend others also bear responsibility for the alleged injuries sustained by people who worked at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant during the ash spill cleanup.

    The workers are suing Jacobs for damages in federal court.

    “We’ve got over 30 people that have died, over 30 cancer cases,” said attorney Jim Scott, who represents some of the workers. “The volume of disease and death is sickening.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: R.E. Lee, “le chevalier sans peur et sans reproche”

    Gentle reader, recall that this column is written early in the week, so a whole heap of things could have happened betwixt its composition and its circulation, but we think the observations contained herein will still be valid, if dated.

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    The Continuing controversy over generals from the south, especially the recent imbroglio in Charlottesville, Virginia, has produced the usual harvest of witless commentary: One that irritated the old curmudgeon was from a commentator on NPR who described General Robert E. Lee as a “leader of the Confederacy”.

  • Coming soon to a lake near you ...

    One of the world’s biggest fish will be prowling the waters near Rockwood’s Tom Fuller Park next month.

    Those already daunted by the thought of what is lurking below the rippling water may want to avoid “Jaws on the Water,” the spine tingling viewing of Jaws at Tom Fuller Park at 1369 Pumphouse Road at 9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3.

    “Mitchell Creek Marina at Dale Hollow Lake has put it on the past couple of years and my girlfriend and I have gone,” said Chase Clem, Rockwood parks and recreation director.