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  • Harriman budget up for approval

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman City Council is planning second and final reading of the city’s budget this week.

    The budget, set for final reading at 6 p.m. Aug. 21, so far doesn’t have a property tax increase.

    “We’ll try to limp on,” Mayor Chris Mason said. “I’m not going to propose one.”

    Officials are proud to say they’ve not raised taxes, but some like Mason said it is coming eventually.

  • Looking for a weekend hike? Try Rugby

    National Park Service rangers from Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area are offering weekend hikes in Rugby through the end of September.

    The Meeting of the Waters hike each Saturday is a moderately difficult 2.3-mile loop.

    The trail begins by descending into the Clear Fork River gorge to the historic Gentlemen’s Swimming Hole.

    It continues along the Clear Fork River to the Meeting of the Waters where the Clear Fork is joined by White Oak Creek.

  • Wrestling, gospel music back for Labor Day fest

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    This year’s Hooray for Harriman will have all the ingredients that have people returning to Roane Street each year for Labor Day fun.

    Those ingredients include wrestling, and Tennessee Mountain Wrestling will be back at the Labor Day Festival on Monday, Sept. 1.

    Organizer Randy Ellis said the lineup for the wrestling, which begins at 4 p.m. includes K-Town Daddy Terry Landell; WWE Hall of Fame wrestler Bob Orton, father of current WWE wrestler Randy Orton; and former WCW champion Jimmy Golden.

  • Harriman Care gives back
  • Goodbye, Josephine

    A longtime Rockwood columnist for the Roane County News died Tuesday.

    Josephine McKinney, 92, affectionately known as “Miss Josephine” to many, wrote “’Round Rockwood” for the Rockwood Times and later the Roane County News.

    She was a community columnist sharing the goings-on of friends and family, whether it be who came to dinner, who was sick, or who had a new bundle of joy on the way.

  • Firefighters deal with Gallaher Road car fire pronto

    Kingston Fire Department responded to a car fire on Gallaher Road Tuesday afternoon. They didn’t have far to go — the incident was less than a mile from the city’s Station No. 2.

    Fire Chief Willie Gordon said the driver was exiting Interstate 40 when he smelled gas fumes.  

    “He was talking to his wife on the phone, and then all of a sudden he said, ‘I got to go. It’s caught on fire,’” Gordon said.

  • Goodbye, Josephine

    A longtime Rockwood columnist for the Roane County News died Tuesday.

    Josephine McKinney, 92, affectionately known as “Miss Josephine” to many, wrote “’Round Rockwood” for the Rockwood Times and later the Roane County News.

    She was a community columnist sharing the goings-on of friends and family, whether it be who came to dinner, who was sick, or who had a new bundle of joy on the way.

  • Lawbreakers in Rockwood may help police buy new computers

    People who are sent to Rockwood City Court could feel a slightly bigger pinch than before.

    Rockwood City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to tack on a $5 “technology” fee at its meeting last month.

    Rockwood Police Chief Danny Wright said the department has computers, tablets and software needs that this would go toward.

    “It is our recommendation we don’t touch it the first year,” said Wright.

    He wants to see the fund build up so the city can use it to upgrade technology as needed.

  • Houston brothers together again – in Bluegrass State

    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston no longer live on the same Roane County farm, but they are in the same state.

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons has both serving time at facilities in Kentucky.

    Rocky is incarcerated at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland — a low-security institution with an adjacent minimum security satellite camp.

    Rocky, 53, was found guilty in March of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. He received a nine-year sentence. The Federal Bureau of Prisons list his release date as Nov. 13, 2020.

  • Kingston rezoning passes

    If there were any lingering doubts as to why a full house turned out for the Aug. 12 Kingston City Council meeting, they were dispelled when most of the attendees left, en masse, midway through the agenda.

    That was after council members passed the second reading of an ordinance rezoning a 47-acre parcel off North Kentucky Street, clearing a path for a proposed new Kingston Pointe development featuring a car dealership, big-box store and other retail outlets.