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  • Revenues from proposed sales tax hike ‘kind of like a grant’ for city

    Harriman officials think at least 50 percent of the city’s sales tax revenue is generated by shoppers who do not live in the city.

    City Manager Kevin Helms hopes that will be a good reason for Harriman voters to support a sales tax referendum that would increase the city’s sales tax in Harriman .25 percent, from 2.5 to 2.75 percent.

    That increase would mean an additional 25 cents for a $100 bag of groceries, for example.

    He compares the proposal to a grant, a mixture of funds from outside the community matched by those within.

  • Duncan facing more legal woes

    Jesse Lee Duncan, a 34-year-old Harriman man, faces a sentencing hearing next year in his federal criminal case.

    Duncan was indicted by a federal grand jury in June on two counts of knowingly possessing a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches in length not registered to him and one count of knowingly possessing a silencer not registered to him.

    He pleaded guilty to those charges last month, and is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Thomas W. Phillips on Feb. 22.

  • Smith’s ’56 boat a movie star

    Chuck Smith loves the unique look of his 1956 model Chris Craft Capri boat.

    The sleek, classic wood finished look came straight off a movie set of “Striking Distance,” a film starring Bruce Willis and Sarah Jessica Parker.

    “I bought it from a broker after the movie was done in 1994,” Smith said.

    In the film, Willis plays a police detective assigned to the river rescue duty.

    With his partner, played by Parker, he begins looking into the deaths of his old partner’s past romantic interests.

  • OS family honored for home preservation

    An Oliver Springs family has been recognized for preservation efforts in the renovation of their longtime family home.

    The East Tennessee Preservation Alliance honored the Diggs family for their work on the home at 224 E. Tri County Blvd. The home has been in the family since owner Bettina Diggs Cox’s great-grandfather Alfred Houston Diggs and great-grandmother Scotland Diggs built it in 1905.

    “We are just very honored to be able to own this home and have it in Oliver Springs, where so many homes are being restored,” Cox said.

  • Student hit, killed by motorcycle

    Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect additional information.

    A student was hit and killed by a motorcycle after getting off a school bus Friday afternoon.

    The accident happened on Old Harriman Hwy.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating, and identified the student as 12-year-old Jacob Paterson. He attended Oliver Springs Middle School.

    “The kids and the family and all of those, our prayers are going out to them,” Roane County Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said.

  • Stun gun subdues naked man

    Kingston police used a Taser to subdue a naked man on Halloween night.

    It was the second time in a three-day span that the subject, 51-year-old Lloyd E. Harrison, was found naked around town.

    “He’s had a few issues, I think, or he just got hot,” Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said. “I don’t know.”

    The first incident happened on Oct. 29. at the Kingston Community Center.

  • Rockwood, county may team up for tax sales

    Roane County municipalities could receive delinquent property tax monies if they follow the state statute on tax sales.

    Roane County Clerk and Master Shannon Conley has brought the statute to the attention of Rockwood, Harriman and Kingston governmental entities for action.

    Conley said last week that no Roane County cities have had tax sales for over 20 years, while the county holds sales annually to recoup delinquent property taxes. The county would be willing to hold the sales for the cities, if they agree to partner with the county on the process.

  • New year, new building

    Rockwood Electric Utility hopes to be in their new home by the beginning of next year.

    “They are telling us they should have the building ready to release to us to start putting furniture in it by mid-December,” said manager Kendall Bear.

    Bear said other things, like transferring phone lines and moving computers, will push the opening until January most likely.

    “It is unlikely we will occupy it by Christmas, that we will be open for business to take payments,” he said.

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