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  • Pinnacle Pointe price tag going up

    How much has Harriman spent so far on litigation tied to Pinnacle Pointe developers?

    Councilman Kenyon Mee wanted to know, and he shared the price tag with Harriman City Council last week.

    “To date, if you want to count the condemnation with the Pinnacle Pointe lawsuit, we’re at $64,674.28,” Mee said. “That counts the money, the big one would be the $29,000, which called the damage deposit on here, which is actually the money we set aside for them to pay” for condemnation.

  • Leon Houston’s right to know

    Federal prosecutors are appealing a magistrate judge’s decision that ordered the government to give Leon Houston the names and addresses of law enforcement officers who were present the night he was arrested in January.
    Houston said he needs the information to prepare a defense on a charge of possessing a firearm while being an unlawful user of a controlled substance.

  • Homeless father, son get home, hope

    Scott Trimble is overwhelmed by the generosity that has come his way.
    Last week the homeless man shared a van with his 10-year-old son, Justin, unsure when they’d next get a hot shower and a real roof over their heads.

    Now he’s been given an apartment rent free for the first two months.
    “So many things have happened just today,” said an ecstatic Trimble on Wednesday. “I was almost in tears when he said free.”

  • SUV goes over embankment in Harriman
  • Lon Mee utility work on track

    Harriman officials say the relocation of utilities under the Lon Mee Bridge is going well.
    “We’ll keep coordinating when we have to get to the road cut on the south end of that, but that is still a little ways out,” Harriman Utility Board Director Bill Young said.
    The utility also continues to make sewer line improvements, particularly on Margrave and other locations.
    The work done by the contractor eliminates a lot of need for digging up sewer lines by using a technology to cut and replace the pipes.
     

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Two wheels rolling the road unknown

    Sunday afternoon, Oct. 6
    As I headed west on Hwy. 70 from the North Carolina state line, my motorcycle windshield looked like it had been through a food fight at McDonald’s.
    Bug splats in mustard yellow and ketchup red covered a surface that had been clean when I left.
    I’d earned that mess, covering around 200 miles on my solo ride.

  • Kingston reassesses board appointments

    Kingston City Council wants you — maybe — to fill future vacancies on city volunteer boards and commissions.
    And city officials are planning, if all goes well, to create a new feature on the city website whereby local residents can sign up for possible service.
    The idea came forth at the October council work session, as council members considered five reappointments to various local boards for its Oct. 8 full council agenda.

  • Lighting change brightens mood in neighborhood

    People on Harriman’s Morgan Avenue are no longer in the dark.
    The city recently finished the lighting phase of the long-overdue Tennessee Department of Transportation Trailhead project which included new walkways and lighting for stretches of Walden and Morgan avenues.
    Harriman Utility Board Manager Bill Young said the city will save even more on the lighting than first thought because the city decided to use utility labor instead of rebidding that portion of the project to outside contractors.

  • Yager gets honorary spot

    State Sen. Ken Yager has been named an honorary member of the Roane State Foundation’s board of directors.
    Yager has a lengthy record of civic involvement.
    He serves as a board member of the Community Reuse Organization of East Tennessee and the Roane County Heritage Commission. In addition, he is a member of the chambers of commerce in Dayton, Spring City and in Campbell, Fentress, Morgan, Pickett, Roane and Scott counties.
    He was named 2013 Legislator of the Year by the East Tennessee Development District.

  • Cross-cultural education