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  • 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.

  • Mother, daughter killed in wreck

    The congregation of an area church is in shock after two members were killed in an automobile crash on Interstate 40 in Knox County late last week.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Lula Howard was driving a 2015 Honda CR-V on the eastbound side around 9 a.m. Friday. Her daughter, Cynthia Lynne Tull, was a passenger in the car.

    Jerry Lynn Boddie of Seymour was behind the wheel of a 2014 Nissan van that was stopped on the right shoulder.

  • Multitude of pills, drug paraphernalia seized in traffic stop

    A weekend traffic stop netted a cache of pills, according to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report.

    John Mark Reel and Clarence Laymance are charged with manufacture, delivery, sale and possession of a controlled substance in the incident.

    According to the report, Deputy Josh Klein noticed a 2001 Pontiac Bonneville fail to maintain its lane of travel on Pine Ridge Road Saturday night.

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