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  • Library plans TVA thanks

    Harriman Public Library wants to honor TVA for the improvements made to the building.

    “We are presenting them with a plaque,” said Barbara Pelfrey-Milsaps, library director.

    The thank-you reception is Monday, June 17, from 2 to 4 p.m.

    Thanks to TVA, many projects were done at the building, including excavating around the building to improve drainage that threatened the foundation.

    Rewiring was done and period lighting was installed, and putting new old-style metal tile ceilings placed overhead.

  • Security system phone scam alleged

    Joann Davis thinks scammers targeted her and a friend recently, claiming to be security company installers scheduling a time to put a system in.

    Davis said both she and her friend received almost identical calls.
    Both women hung up.

    “I have no idea what is going on. I’ve got two of them here, and I just hung up,” Davis said. She told her friend to do the same.

    “I think it is just a scam from somebody trying to get in the house or bring security system in and then you get a big bill for it,” she added.

  • Beer board refuses to hear woman's application

    The Roane County Beer Board refused to hear Roma L. Christopher’s application for a beer permit on Tuesday.
    “Because you all think I’m opening up for Grover Norton,” Christopher told the board.
    Norton, owner of the Grill & Pub, had his beer permit revoked for a year on Feb. 12. Christopher planned to operate from the same location, 2224 Harriman Hwy., under the name 27/61 Grill-N-Pub.
    According to her application, Norton still owns the property.

  • ‘VIRTUAL PIONEER’ SHINES IN STUDIES

    With a lightning-fast mind and body, Austin Cochran struggled with the pace in traditional schools.

    Diagnosed in kindergarten with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder, the fifth-grader was often bored and antsy in the classroom.

  • Next Chapter helps boost reading skills

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    The reader begins tentatively, but as the story progresses, she gains confidence and the words flow easier.
    Helping adults gain stronger reading skills is the focus of The Next Chapter Book Club, which began meeting in April at The Spot in Harriman.
    Lisa Parker is using this as a chance to continue strengthening her mind after a stroke took its toll.

  • Evans makes request for checks official

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    Rockwood Vice Mayor Peggy Evans regularly makes requests to see financial records of the city.
    She recently butted heads with others, including Rockwood attorney Greg Leffew, over disagreement on a Freedom of Information Act records request.
    “I have been trying now for two or three years to get some information about some checks, and I have been told I cannot have them,” Evans said at a recent meeting.
    The records are public, Leffew agreed.

  • Bombing gives Stocktons perspective on priorities

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com
    The Boston Marathon bombing has given Tara and Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton a greater appreciation of each other.
    They shared that appreciation when detailing their harrowing experience to the Harriman Rotary Club last week.
    Tara Stockton was running the prestigious Boston Marathon in April while her husband was  there for support.
    Tara Stockton still remembers the creeping dread of not knowing where her husband was but realizing he was somewhere around the finish line.

  • New Kingston City Hall to open June 24

    Kingston officials plan to move to the new city hall building on June 20 and 21, with no disruptions of service.
    The new city hall will be open for business on June 24.
    The new city hall in Ladd Landing is in a former medical complex the city purchased last year.
    There will still be a police presence at the old hall in the interim. A grand opening for the public is tentatively scheduled sometime in July.

  • No property tax hike in Kingston budget

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston officials are preparing for the first reading of a 2013-14 budget that seems to promise neither any big outlays nor any big new expenditures.
    The draft is on Kingston City Council’s agenda for the regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.
    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Kingston Community Center.
    The proposed budget carries around $5.5 million in the general fund — close to the same in the water budget — and promises no new property taxes.

  • Rockwood tax rate going up

    By CINDY SIMPSON
    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Rockwood leaders’ first approval of the city’s 2014 fiscal budget indicates that city property owners will be paying more when their tax bills arrive.

    The budget’s first reading, approved 4-1 last week, calls for a property tax rate of 95 cents per $100 valuation. That’s up 5 cents from last year.

    Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Councilman Mike Freeman are usually on the same page fiscally, but this year she was the lone holdout against a rate increase.