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  • Bolling tackles first council session

    The June 11 Kingston City Council meeting was new City Manager David Bolling’s first full session, and he was met with banter and some early kudos from department heads and council members.
    Bolling responded in kind, and even brought some good news to the table in his first official council report.

  • Harriman marks ‘12 years in a row’ of no tax increases

    Harriman taxpayers won’t have the city dipping into their pockets for more money for city coffers.
    Harriman City Council approved first reading of a budget last week that includes keeping the tax rate at $1.20 per $100 valuation.
    Council members will likely discuss the budget in a June 25 workshop before considering final reading at the first meeting of July.
    “This makes about 12 years in a row we haven’t raised them,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason recently.

  • Blaze blows out window of house

    Harriman Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1121 Georgia St. Tuesday afternoon. “Upon arrival it had an extremely large amount of smoke showing,” said Fire Chief Brad Goss. “Finally, when the fire came through it had actually blown the window out of one side of the structure.”

  • No suppression for Leon Houston statements

    A federal magistrate is recommending that Leon Houston’s suppression motions be denied.
    Houston is charged in U.S. District Court with possession of a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance and using a telephone to threaten to kill attorney James Logan.
    He allegedly admitted to “getting high” and smoking “wacky tobacco” when he was questioned by law enforcement agents on Jan. 11.
    Houston claimed the agents had no right to be on his property and that his alleged statements should be suppressed.

  • Yager, Calfee to speak at Chamber luncheon June 19

    A special Roane County Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Luncheon will begin at noon June 19 in the Roane Medical Center Community Room, Midtown.
    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, and state Rep. Kent Calfee, R-Kingston, will give legislative updates as guest speakers.
    The lunch will be $12 per person; RSVP is required by emailing info@roanealliance.org or calling  376-5572.
     

  • Nikon Small World exhibit open in OR

    The 20 award-winning photomicrographs and a wide variety of artistic visual concepts and scientific disciplines are revealed in Nikon Small World on view through Sept. 15 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.
    Art and science are intertwined in Nikon Small World as the photomicrographs showcase the delicate balance between outstanding scientific technique and exquisite artistic quality.

  • Making a big move to the country

    Cars pulled to the side of the road Thursday on Harriman Hwy. for an unusual sight. A house on the move made its way through Oliver Springs to its new location on Old Hen Valley Road. M&M House Movers moved the home three months ago from Oak Ridge, where the new Kroger Marketplace is being built, said Michael Mills of M&M House Movers. "It's been in Oliver Springs until now, when we sold it to a family," he added.

  • Potential pay raises may be out for county

    To get the 2013-14 county budget in order, Roane County Commission’s budget committee removed a 2-percent raise for county employees last week.   
    “I hate to do that,” Steve Kelley said.
    “I do, too,” added Jerry Goddard.
    The motion passed unanimously.
    “We’ve been trying to maintain staff through this recession,” County Executive Ron Woody said.

  • Kingston poised to OK budget today

    Kingston City Council will meet today, Monday, to likely approve the city’s budget for the 2014 fiscal year.
    A public hearing will start at 6:45 p.m. in Kingston Community Center. Council will convene in special-called session at 7 p.m. for the second and final budget reading.
    The budget for fiscal 2013-14 was approved on first reading at the June 11 regular council meeting.
    More important to most folks, Kingston officials approved a budget that doesn’t include a property tax increase.

  • Law enforcement train for worst-case scenario at RCHS

    East Tennessee law enforcement officials prepared for the worst possible scenario last week in Roane County High School’s empty hallways.
    An active shooter training course was presented by Government Training Institute out of Barnwell, S.C. and hosted by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office to help protect schools, including those without student resource officers.
    “Our children are the most precious commodity we have (but) it is not only for the children but all of us,” said Roane County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Rick Baker.