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  • New Guard chief has ties to 278th

    Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert V. Davis has been named the new Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Tennessee National Guard.
     The Command Chief Warrant Officer is the principal advisor to the Adjutant General, and the Assistant Adjutant General-Army for the supervision, training and well-being of the Warrant Officer Corps of the Tennessee National Guard.
    Prior to his appointment, Davis served with the Tennessee National Guard’s Operations and Training Division focusing on Domestic Operations. 

  • New city hall hopes peter out in Harriman

    Harriman might have had some interest in the Regions Bank building for a future city hall, but officials voiced concern that their initial impressions of a potential profit were fleeting.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason shared the news when Councilman J.D. Sampson asked to have Treasurer Charles Kerley attend the auction on Thursday.
    “I did some research on this over the weekend. It appears what we first saw as a pretty good return on investment is not what we originally thought,” Mason said.

  • Commission rejects secrecy

    A move to weaken the state’s Sunshine Law doesn’t have the backing of Roane County.
    Commissioners let it be known on Monday by voting down a resolution that would have supported weakening the law.
    “I think we’re doing real well just like we are, and I don’t think we need to change anything myself,” Copper Bacon said.
    “I think it’s good that the citizens know when we’re meeting,” Nick Forrester added.

  • Book tells of city’s Utopian beginning

    Two years after the “Great Land Sale” that began what would become the city of Harriman, a book was printed detailing the city’s earnest beginnings.
    A copy of the book, “Two Years of Harriman, Tenn.,” is being donated to the Roane Heritage Commission by Bill and Marty Goolsby.
    “Bill is a historian. He likes stuff like that,” said his father Walt Goolsby, who shared the book.

  • A new, new city hall for Harriman?

    Harriman city offices moved the current city hall the summer of 2009, but one city council member is anxious to move into a more expansive setting.
    Councilman J.D. Sampson said the city may be able to get the Regions Bank property on downtown Roane Street that is being auctioned this week.
    The bank has a lease that would continue after the sale.
    “This one here is a lot better than what we had. Still yet it is no big building like that,” Sampson said at a recent city council meeting.

  • Byrkit participates in municipal training

    Kingston City Councilman John Byrkit and other municipal government officials participated in Level II of the Elected Officials Academy presented between Sept. 21 and Nov. 30.
     The curriculum of the Elected Officials Academy is developed to give the municipal official an overview of the varied aspects of his role as a municipal leader.

  • Harriman downtown revival on track

    Harriman’s efforts to revive interest in downtown appear to be paying off.
    Someone recently expressed interest in purchasing the building neighboring city hall for a furniture store, bringing tentative drawings of how the potential owner would like the facade to appear.
    Terry Yeary said he has accumulated “$75,000 worth of merchandise and has nowhere to put it.”
    Yeary operates Market Street Antiques in Clinton.

  • Runners embrace cold at Roane County Park

    Dick Evans said he’d rather run in 40-degree weather than 80-degree weather.
    The Kingston attorney and avid runner and cyclist got his chance this past Saturday.
    With temperatures in the low 40s, about 20 runners took part in a 5K race at Roane County Park.
    “The weather is perfect,” said Evans. “I think it’s a pretty good temperature.”
    Other runners didn’t seem to mind the 40-degree weather, either.

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