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  • Best can owe taxes – until swear-in time

    Having a tax debt does not bar someone from being a mayoral candidate in Harriman.

    “The official oath is the kicker as far as I’m aware,” City Attorney Harold Balcom said.

    The Harriman City Charter requires elected officials to take an oath of office.

    That oath requires them to swear “that I am not indebted to the state, the county of Roane, or the city of Harriman, on account of any lawful tax against me now due and unpaid.”  

  • Walking on water: Barefoot water skiers stay on their toes

    Swan Pond resident Don Simon has a suggestion for water sport enthusiasts looking for a new challenge: Try barefoot skiing.

    “What I’m trying to promote in this area is to get more people to barefoot,” said Simon, who describes himself as a hardcore barefooter.

    Simon and a group of his peers took advantage of some beautiful weather recently for some barefoot skiing on the Emory River.

    The outing was part of a clinic with world record holder and champion barefoot skier Keith St. Onge.

  • Coal liquification proposal already has problems

    The prevailing winds blow from the west to the east.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody hopes the tri-county industrial board will take that into consideration when deciding whether to give land to a company that plans to build a coal liquification facility.

    The land is in the Plateau Partnership Park in neighboring Cumberland County.

  • Teachers bill called revenge by Republicans

    The president of the Tennessee Education Association has asked Gov. Bill Haslam to veto the collaborative conferencing bill passed by the General Assembly last week.
    “On behalf of the 52,000 members of the TEA, I would ask that you show your support for responsible education reform by vetoing this legislation,” TEA President Gera Summerford wrote to the governor.
    Despite her plea, the bill is still destined to become law because a spokeswoman for Haslam said he would sign the legislation.

  • Young pedestrian hit in Kingston
  • Broad field for council in Rockwood

    Rockwood City Council candidates got a taste of what could be as they sat in council seats at Rockwood City Hall at a recent candidates forum and fielded questions.

    Moderator Jo Walters with Rockwood 2000 shot questions at the candidates, including two of the three vying for an unexpired council term and eight candidates running for three four-year terms.

  • Harriman mayoral hopeful owes back taxes

    Wayne Best, a candidate for Harriman mayor, had $3,006.51 in unpaid personal property taxes as of Tuesday morning.

    The taxes were levied against his business, Best Exterminating. The total includes $671.69 in city of Harriman delinquent taxes.

    Best, a former fire chief in Harriman, said he was unaware of the delinquent taxes.  

    “We’re going over to pay them today,” he said Tuesday. “I had no idea until (Roane County News reporter) Cindy (Simpson) called and said something about some taxes.”

  • Retiring teachers say their goodbyes

    Love of children is what got Diana Nivens into teaching.

    Her love of youngsters hasn’t gone away, but the longtime Dyllis Elementary School educator is calling it a career this year.

    “I’m going to miss the children,” she said. “It was a hard decision. It really was, but my dad’s 87 and he lives up north.”

    Nivens was one of 13 Roane County Schools retirees recognized during a reception last week.

  • Harriman Farmers Market set to open

    The Harriman Farmers Market is still accepting vendors for the weekly event that starts Saturday, June 11.

    The weekly event is Saturdays and Wednesdays at Riverfront Park through autumn.

    Organizer Pat Mynatt said initial offerings may seem limited this early in the season.

    “We are a producers market, so you are only going to find what is in season in our area,” she said. “We don’t allow resellers, so everything is fresh from the farm.”

  • Tornado relief effort ready to launch

    Rockwood’s First Baptist Church will lead a community-wide missions trip to Anniston, Ala., Friday to help the community rebuild after late-April’s tornadoes.
    Recently, senior pastor Josh Lancaster traveled with church deacon Rick Ellis and student pastor Wes Ford to the Calhoun County area to see the devastation firsthand.
    They were able to identify home repair projects, such as roof construction, drywall repair and rebuilding porches and handicap ramps.
    Already, it’s been an emotional experience.