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  • Racers feel at home in Roane event

    Cyclists saw the beauty of Roane County firsthand this weekend.

    Cyclists and their bikes filled the roadways for the Roane County Omnium, a cycling event that included a timed race in Harriman, races in Rockwood’s historic downtown area and a road race in Kingston that culminated in the South of the River area.

    “It was beautiful,” said Johnny Hayes of the Village Volkswagen team.

    “I absolutely loved the course. It was one of the better courses I’ve raced on in a long time.”

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  • ‘Prospect 14’ sales put $150,000 in city coffers

    Harriman Industrial Development Board sold enough downtown buildings recently to cut the city quite a nice check.

    Industrial Board Chairman Bill Alexander presented the $150,000 check last week to Harriman City Council.

    The funds come from the more recent sales of property through a project called Prospect 14, a campaign to sell downtown properties vacated with the moving of Roane Medical Center to Midtown.

    Those sales include a building on Trenton Street that will be used for a store in the front and alignment shop in back.

  • ‘Legends salute’ to take place of Pearl fundraiser

    This weekend’s fundraising event for the historic Roane County Courthouse will go on — without Bruce Pearl.

    “He has canceled because of his obligations with the Auburn transition,” said Stephanie Wright, a member of the Roane County Heritage Commission.
    Pearl, the former University of Tennessee men’s basketball coach, was selected as head coach of the Auburn University Tigers in March.

  • Deal to expand Kingston park falls through

    Kingston City Council members received updates on some key city grant applications at April council sessions.

    And though the news wasn’t all good, the bottom line was that the city is still in hurry-up-and-wait mode.

    The bad news, said City Manger David Bolling, is the city’s plan to purchase a plot of land adjacent to the newly acquired Gertrude Porter Park fell through when officials couldn’t reach a mutually agreeable deal with a neighboring property owner.

  • State suspends Butler from practicing law

    After weeks of waiting, Harriman attorney Donice Butler finally received a verdict in her disciplinary case on Friday. 

    It wasn’t the decision she wanted. 

    “Based upon these findings of fact and conclusions of law, the Hearing Panel finds that the respondent (Butler) shall be suspended from the practice of law for a period of nine months,” the panel ruled. 

    Butler said she plans to appeal the decision. 

  • Keep it simple, take the prize

     

    Robotics projects took center stage at Midway Middle School last week, when engineers in the making showed off their skills in an after-school competition.

    Three teams of students put their robotics know-how to the test by designing parts on finished remote-control projects.

    The projects were made to simulate transportation of hazardous waste.

    The winning vehicle was also the simplest and cheapest. It pushed a faux toxic barrel — a medicine-bottle-sized object.

  • Proposed trail would showcase Harriman’s floral beauty

     

    Harriman Garden Club members have a new idea to showcase the beautiful areas of historic Harriman.

    Creating Harriman spring trails would start with things like getting community members and entities like the Harriman Street Department and Harriman Utility Board, schools and clubs to pick an area to help revitalize with spring flowers, shrubs, flowering trees and bulbs.

    “I think it is a good idea. We’ll talk to (club president) Jamie Russell and see what other plans she has for it,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt. 

  • Roane to seek more equitable part in Plateau Park tax funds

    Partnerships are OK, Roane County Executive Ron Woody said, “as long as they are equal.”

    Woody doesn’t see equality when he looks at Plateau Partnership Park, an industrial park venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties.

    “We didn’t do a good job of negotiating, it looks like,” Woody said.

    Each county borrowed $2.5 million for the industrial park project. The land is in Cumberland and Morgan counties. None of it is in Roane County.

  • Midway makes Prom Promise

    Midway High School’s Rebecca Stokes, donning a pair of drunk goggles, runs over cones while making her way through a driving course prior to the school’s prom last week. The Roane County Sheriff’s Office and Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition put on the program to make students aware of the dangers of alcohol. Students also signed a pledge to refrain from drinking and driving and other reckless behavior on prom night.