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  • Harriman growth on hold – for now

    Harriman has very few options if officials want to move forward on expanding the city’s boundaries.
    The city’s request to reconvene the coordinating committee that sets urban growth boundaries has been denied, even though officials have said they followed procedure in 2007 and the committee never was convened.
    City Attorney Harold Balcom discussed the issue at a council meeting earlier this month. He said the city had a few options, including taking the county to court to force it to reconvene the committee or do as suggested and restart the process.

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  • City & County Meetings

    MONDAY, APRIL 18
    • Harriman Industrial Development Board will meet at 6 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.
    • Rockwood City Council will meet in special-called session at 7 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall. Purpose of the meeting is consideration and possible action on a resolution to appoint five members to the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board.

    TUESDAY, APRIL 19

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    MONDAY, APRIL 18

  • Ramsey to manage utilities in Rockwood

    It didn’t take Kimberly Ramsey long to consider Rockwood’s offer to head up three of its city-operated utilities.

    Ramsey, a former Farragut town engineer and interim town administrator, accepted the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas general manager’s job the day after her second interview last week.

    “There is no doubt in my mind she’ll do a great job,” said Rockwood Mayor James Watts. “She’s one of the most qualified individuals that I thought we could find.

  • Mom says boy will 'never forget' teacher-led pig taunts, oinking

    School is now going well for the Bowers Elementary School student who was oinked at in his kindergarten class last month, his mother reported.

    “Everything’s been fine,” April Norris said last week. “I’m hoping that continues.”

    Her son’s teacher – Debbie Hayes – was reprimanded after another teacher reported seeing Norris’ son in the middle of a circle of other students. The students in the circle were oinking and making pig sounds.

  • Harriman eyesores may help feed the city's hungry

    Property that many consider a blight on Harriman’s curb appeal may soon be the source of green, leafy nutrition for family tables in the city’s communities.

    “It is called community-supported agriculture,” said Harriman City Council member Chase Tedder.

    Tedder embraces the plan, which was recently introduced by council member Ken Mynatt as a way to put vacant lots in the city to good use.

    Mynatt said the project could take off when a few of the burned-out homes that have been left standing are removed.

  • Alliance bldg. bought, paid for

    The Roane Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson, left, leads Jim Henry, Jim Gann, Jerry Duncan, Steve Kirkham and Jerry Stephens in a “burn the note” ceremony Friday at the Alliance office in Kingston.

    An anonymous donor provided the funds for the Alliance to pay off its mortgage in return for a 10-year commitment on the organization’s part to ensure that the building will stay well-maintained and well-equipped.

  • Appellate court upholds Howard conviction

    The Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a judge’s decision to sentence Bryan K. Howard to eight years in prison.

    Howard pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of Bradley K. Lively. He had a blood alcohol level of .10 when he killed Lively in a July 2007 car crash.  

    Roane County Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen denied all forms of alternative sentencing when he sentenced
    Howard in March of last year.

    In his appeal, Howard argued that Eblen erred in denying all forms of alternative sentencing.

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