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  • Harriman officials par down manager list; interviews to take place this week

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman City Council members will get their first peek at candidates for city manager during phone interviews next week.

    The top 13 candidates will be interviewed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in The Roane Alliance in Kingston.

    Council selected The Alliance office because of its capabilities to do live video chat in its meeting space.

    Municipal Technical Advisory Service narrowed down the list of 46 candidates to those to be interviewed initially.

  • Volunteer Energy partners with gas firm

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative and Blossman Gas have entered a new partnership for VEC’s subsidiary company, VE Propane.

    Blossman Gas will serve as the propane service provider for the company. V

    E Propane has provided metered and bulk propane for VEC electric customers in Meigs, McMinn, Bradley, Hamilton, Polk, Rhea and Roane counties for several years.

    The metered propane service offered by VE Propane allows customers to have tanks filled with no up-front charge.

    Customers are billed monthly for the propane as they use it.

  • State House hopeful Kneiser says he’s picky about campaign donors

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    State House District 32 Democratic candidate Joe Kneiser is still trying to put together a war chest with Election Day less than two months away.

    “I’m sending out letters all the time,” he said on Sept. 15. “Today, I sent out about 30.”

    According to the state’s campaign finance website, Kneiser has submitted two reports – one on July 2 and another on July 31. Both show that he raised $0. The next reports are due on Oct. 10.

  • Police arrest two on pot charges; one for ecstasy

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Samuel Foster, a 21-year-old Kingston man, was charged with manufacture, sale or delivery of ecstasy and marijuana on Sept. 14.

    According to the arrest warrant, Harriman police pulled Foster over for running a stop sign.

    “I observed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the warrant said. “I asked Foster for and was denied consent to search the vehicle.”

    Mexx, a drug-sniffing canine, alerted police to the possibility of drugs in the vehicle.

  • Electric prices go up, based on TVA increases to utilities

     

    Both Rockwood Electric and Harriman Utility boards passed on TVA increases recently.

    The increases go in effect Oct. 1. 

    The TVA Board of Directors approved a 1.5 percent retail electric rate. The increase is estimated to cost an a residential customer using 1,000 kilowatt hours of electricity a month about $1.70 a month. 

  • No one hurt in school bus mishap

     

    A Roane County school bus got stuck on Salem Valley Road earlier this month. 

    “It just looked like the driver got over too far,” Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said. 

    Phillips and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton were on patrol South of the River when they came upon the school bus. 

  • Ren faire brings Henry VIII, family back to life in Harriman

    When “Henry VIII” ― or “Henry Tudor” ― visits Harriman next month at the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival, visitors will be stepping back in time to 1543.

    King Henry and his last wife, Catherine Parr, will be celebrating their marriage by attending the market day with Henry’s children from his previous marriage.

  • Renaissance Festival preview coming

    Next month, a royal couple will hold court for the first time in Harriman. Royal subjects are welcome to join in the revelry. 

    Henry VIII will be alive and well at the East Tennessee Renaissance Festival and his royal family will be joining him for his majesty’s family fun and games.

    It’s all part of the renaissance festival preview weekend Oct. 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Lawnville Road stretch closed

    A portion of Lawnville Road will be closed and traffic rerouted next week as Roane County Road Department workers replace a bridge.

    The damaged appears to have been from a tractor trailer.

    Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said the damage probably happened when traffic was diverted off the interstate, but he’s not certain when.

    “We’ll have them a nice, new bridge that will be wider also,” Ferguson said.

  • MAINTAINING THE MUSIC

    The sensual refrains of a saxophone can often be heard at Roane State Community College.

    When Roland Ledesma takes a break from his custodial work, he often plays.

    Many times he’s practicing music he will later play alongside the Roane State Jazz Band.

    “I have been with them a long time. I started working here about seven years ago. I heard they had a jazz band,” said Ledesma.

    He started taking a class for fun.