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  • 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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  • County does motel/hotel tax audit

    Roane County Government contracted with Tax Management Associates Inc. to do an audit of local campgrounds and hotels/motels.

    The contract amount was $13,000, but the five companies that were chosen for the hotel/motel tax audit owed only a combined $622.

    “It was a good idea,” County Executive Ron Woody said about doing the audit. “We will always periodically check. You want to make sure everybody is doing what’s right, and they were.”

  • Good news for Kingston in financial audit

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston City Council members got an advanced screening of the city’s financial audit report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, and early reviews were good.

    “Overall, you’ve done well,” principal auditor Lee Gowan of Knoxville’s Rodefer and Moss told council members at a Dec. 6 work session.

    Gowan spent three weeks working on the draft report, which will now go to press for submission to the state comptroller’s office.