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  • Farmers market now open for 2014 season

    Harriman’s farmers market is now open for the growing season.

    The market, which officially opened last weekend, features fresh produce and from 8 a.m. to noon (or sellout) each Saturday, and from 3 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday.

    “This is a true farmers market,” Harriman Councilman Ken Mynatt said. “People selling at this market are selling stuff they have grown. This is all Tennessee produce.”

    Margaret Jones is a regular that loves the camaraderie and good food.

  • Flipped truck stalls traffic

    Traffic was at a standstill on Interstate 40 in West Roane County when a tractor trailer carrying pet supplies overturned last week. The tractor trailer stretched out across all eastbound lanes of traffic at mile marker 341 and stalled traffic from the afternoon into the evening. The driver was sent to Roane Medical for minor injuries, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

  • Donate blood, get a free movie pass

    Medic Regional Blood Center has a special offer for all donors who give blood on June 11-12.

    Anyone who donates on those days will receive one free Regal Cinema movie pass that has no expiration date.

    This special incentive is designed to help boost the inventory during the slow summer season, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic’s public relations.

    “We are happy to have this opportunity to offer something that our donors really appreciate,” she said.

  • Sewage plant changes will improve things for STEP users

    Kingston water board members have created steps for STEPs — and now city sewage customers can feel a little better about waste.

    A few years ago, having upgraded its wastewater treatment plant, the city of Kingston placed a moratorium on so-called STEP, or septic tank effluent pumping systems, because the plant lacked a receiving station to dispose of the waste from those systems.

    Now, with the recent wastewater facility expansion, Kingston has a receiving station. 

  • Church mouse prompts book

    Myra Humphrey heard a story that needed to be told when she learned the tale of how a mouse once got into the organ at Kingston First Baptist Church. 

    “The thought came to me ― had to be from God ― that the story is yours to write. My feeling was where did that come from? I’ve never written a children’s book. I came home. I put it on paper. My daughter (Melanie Scott) is a good artist, so I asked her about doing some illustrations for the book, which she did,” Humphrey said. 

  • Rockwood mayor says proposed new budget free of surprises

    Rockwood will be considering final passage of a fiscal year 2015 budget that includes a 5-cent property tax increase at its meeting Monday, June 9, at 6 p.m. 

    The property tax proposal would raise taxes from 95 cents per $100 valuation to $1 per $100 valuation. Other than that and a 2 percent raise for city employees, Mayor James Watts said there are few big items that a future administration would have to deal with.

  • United Way director familiar to many

    Dina Jackson has tackled grants and other projects while working for Harriman, but she’ll soon be leaving the city to take on a new role. 

    Jackson was named the new director of the Roane County United Way this week.

  • Schools again seek tax hike

    School system business manager Eric Harbin told the Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee to expect a request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.  

    “We’re still pretty much in the same spot as we were last year,” Harbin told the committee on May 27. 

    Last year, the Roane County Board of Education requested a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate. 

  • Kingston tries to recover damages from explosion

    Kingston officials are trying to put a cap on the longstanding expansion project at the city wastewater treatment plant.

    They’d like to see it finished without exceeding the $5 million budget they established at the outset.

    Problems set in more than two years ago, when a subcontractor doing some demolition-via-explosives inadvertently damaged an oxidation ditch. The damage extended the length of the project, and raised the specter of cost overruns.

  • Man dies in OS accident

    A fatal car accident on Hwy. 61 in Oliver Springs took the life of a Harriman man Saturday night.

    John E. Manis Jr., 57, was driving a 2000 Subaru Outback westbound on Hwy. 61 when a 1997 Chevrolet S-10, driven by a juvenile, crossed the center line and struck Manis’ car head on, Tennessee Highway Patrol reports said.

    The accident happened near the intersection of Cemetery Road.

    Police are not currently releasing the name of the juvenile.