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  • No insubordination cited in Hartup review

    “Very good at interpreting assessment laws and regulations. Knows her job and duties well. Our department will miss her.”

    Those are some of the comments Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan made about Molly Leggins Hartup in a performance review before she stopped working for his office.

    Hartup, a candidate in this year’s race for property assessor, said that proves she wasn’t an insubordinate employee like Morgan has claimed.

  • Schools chief to make $120,000 to start

    The Roane County Board of Education approved the contract for its new director on Thursday.

    “The negotiations went real well,” Board Mem-ber Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Miller negotiated the contract with Dr. Leah Rice Watkins after the board voted 7-3 on April 20 to select her as the next director.

    The contract is for four years, beginning on July 1 and expiring on June 30, 2020.

    The starting salary is $120,000.

  • Grant to fix up Roane Regional site for new industry

    The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded Roane County a $356,072 grant for further development of the Jones Road site in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    The grant will fund the clearing and grading for a building pad to accommodate a minimum 100,000-square-foot building.

  • Grant in hand, but work on park stalled

    The sign in the field next to Gertrude Porter Memorial Park on Roane Street in Kingston reads “Future Site of The State of Tennessee LPRF Grant Project.”

    The sign, now almost covered by grass, has been standing in the field since shortly after Gov. Bill Haslam visited the site in October 2014 to announce a $250,000 grant that would have added another ball field, two soccer fields, a playground, a greenway and restroom facilities.

  • School facilities ‘wasted, empty’ space

    The Roane County Board of Education received another presentation from its architect earlier this month.

    This one looked at elementary and middle schools, in addition to the high schools.

    “What we’re going to present is a complete assessment of your school system,” Todd Brang, vice president of business development and marketing for the Lewis Group Architects, told the board.

    “Where you stand today and what it may look like 10 to 20 to 30 years from now.”

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  • Harriman sales tax hike issue headed for November ballot

    A referendum to increase Harriman’s local sales tax rate will not be on the August ballot.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said state legislation changed the deadline to submit material for the election, which resulted in the city missing the opportunity to have the issue decided in August.

    “As a result, the referendum will be held in November with the general election that includes the presidential election,” said Helms.

  • Henry: TCAT plays key role in job growth

    The Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Harriman campus is a great resource, especially now that there are more opportunities for students to attend than ever before.

    Thanks in part to the Tennessee Reconnect, an initiative which helps adults attend and earn a diploma or certificate at one of the 27 TCATS free of tuition or fees, TCAT at Harriman has seen interest grow.

    TCAT saw enrollment jump 27 percent in 2015.

  • Harriman goes MEDIEVAL

    King Arthur’s Camelot was front and center last weekend during the kick-off of the second annual Tennessee Medieval Faire in Harriman.

    The King’s marriage to Guinevere was this year’s theme, and reenacted celebrations were colorful and exciting, including jousting, fire jugglers, period dancing and music, and more than 100 costumed actors who remained in character throughout the day’s events.