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  • Purchasing policy changes afoot

    Harriman officials may soon be able to make purchases for $5,000 and less without prior Harriman City Council approval.

    Earlier this month the Harriman City Council approved first reading of an ordinance that would amend the city code from its current wording requiring any purchases in excess of $2,000 shall receive prior approval by a majority of the City Council.

    The change would still require a majority of City Council to approve a purchase in excess of
    $5,000.

  • SMILE: You may be on camera

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office could soon join the list of agencies to equip its officers with body cameras.

    The cameras have already arrived at the sheriff’s office. Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said they are waiting to finalize the body camera policy and conduct officer training before rolling them out.   

    “When we push it out, we want to make sure it’s right — and we don’t get in a hurry and get it out there,” he said.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Only criminals commit gun crimes

    The first 10 amendments to the United States Constitution are known as the Bill of Rights.

    These rights are not granted by the Constitution; they are protected by the Constitution. These rights are endowed by our Creator and exist independent of any governmental license.

  • RCHS band gets $2,000 boost

    Roane County High School Band Director Zack Williamson received a gift that was music to his ears last Friday afternoon, as Jamestown Assisted Living Community presented the RCHS band with a check for $2,000.

  • Trustee’s office open last Saturday for tax payments

    Business has been slow this month at the Roane County Trustee’s Office, which is odd since this is one of two months the county receives most of its property tax revenue, according to officials.

    “That property tax comes in basically two times a year,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody said. “It comes in December and it comes in February.”

  • Rockwood sewer repair bid less than $1 million

    The Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board took steps Tuesday to expedite emergency sewer line repairs.

    In a special-called meeting, the Board voted to approve a contract with Sevierville-based Adams and Sons Inc. to repair a sewer line that had failed Jan. 14. At the time of the break, Water Sewer and Gas General Manager Kim Ramsey estimated it might cost over $1 million for repairs, but bids for the project came in under that amount, she said.

    The Adams and Sons bid is $897,859.

  • READY TO RECONNECT

    For Carol Davis, it’s never too late to continue education.

    That is why Davis, who has raised her children as a working mom, hopes to finally attain that associates or bachelors degree thanks to Gov. Bill Haslam’s proposal to offer last dollar scholarships to adult students so they can attend community college for free.

    “I actually want to go back in business administration. My goal is to go back for a bachelor’s degree or associate’s. I think it would better my pay,” said Davis.

  • School board votes to build one new school

    High school education in Roane County could look vastly different in the future. Thursday night the Board of Education voted to build one new high school for the county.

    None of the county’s current five high schools would remain open under the plan. The new school would serve the Midway, Oliver Springs, Harriman, Roane County High and Rockwood districts.

    “There’s no looking back,” Vice Chairman Rob Jago said. “The decision is made. The real winners are our children. They’ve all won.”

  • RCHS teacher jailed for harassment

    John Plemens, a teacher at Roane County High School, was arrested for harassment Wednesday afternoon.

    “He’s been having some altercations with his ex-wife’s boyfriend,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said.

    According to the warrant filed in the case, Kingston Sgt. Roy Montgomery met with the alleged victim, Garvin Clay Morris, at the Roane County Sheriff’s Office Monday afternoon.

  • State admits Roane Central testing error

    Roane Central Utility Board thought it was in noncompliance for a byproduct of disinfection of drinking water in the last quarter of 2016, but further review has shown it was not in violation.

    Blaming it at first on an August sample, the total trihalomethanes was calculated at .082 milligrams per liter, which exceeds the maximum contaminant level of .080 milligrams per liter set for this parameter.

    TDEC has noted they miscalculated, however.