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  • Harriman leaders to hear from Yager at meeting Tuesday

    Harriman officials expect to learn more about legislation that impacts Harriman when they meet with state Sen. Ken Yager Tuesday.

    Yager will meet with Harriman City Council during a June 17 workshop that will start after a 6 p.m. special-called meeting.

    “I want to impress to him how concerned I am with the methamphetamine problem and the pain pill addiction problem in Roane County and see what we can do to help him find some solution,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason.

  • Kingston’s Riggs in co-op with Milliken and Co.

    Tennessee Tech University mechanical engineering major Joshua Riggs will spend 15 months working for Milliken and Co. on a cooperative education assignment.

    Riggs, of Kingston, will conduct arc flash studies for several Milliken plants to meet electrical safety standards.

    “Co-op experience gives TTU students an edge as they get ready to start their careers,” said Don Foster, Tennessee Tech’s Career Services associate director.

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  • Roane Leadership class graduates this week

    Members of the Leadership Roane County class of 2014 will graduate on June 19 during a ceremony in Whitestone Country Inn.

    The class includes 20 participants who, over the past nine months, have studied a variety of topics about Roane County.

    They have participated in sessions on education, local and state government, health care and social services.

  • Tax tips for students on the job this summer

    Many students take a summer job, which gives them a chance to learn about the working world.

    That includes learning about taxes. Here are eight things that students who take a summer job should know about taxes:

    • Don’t be surprised when an employer withholds taxes from paychecks. Those who are self-employed may have to pay estimated taxes directly to the IRS on certain dates during the year.


    The buzz of chainsaws echoed throughout Kingston late this week as cleanup continued from a tornado that tore through Tuesday afternoon.

    Emergency officials originally called the blast straight-line winds, but the National Weather Service of Morristown weighed in with the tornado confirmation Wednesday.

    Much of Roane County saw power outages and hundreds of downed trees after the storm that spawned the EF0-rated twister.

    An EF0 rating means winds can get as high as 86 mph. The Kingston storm’s winds peaked at 80 mph, officials said.

  • Harriman approves change to city manager government form

    After years of off-and-on debate, the Harriman City Council voted to change its charter, establishing a city manager form of government.

    “If we are ever going to move ahead in this town, we’re going to have to do it, or if we don’t we are just going to continue on like we have for the last eight or nine or 10 years ... Good things, yeah, have come, good things have happened, but so many we got passed by (on) we really could have had a shot at,” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

  • Raises included in Rockwood budget

    A 2014-15 budget with a 5-cent property tax increase passed unanimously at Rockwood City Council Monday night.

    The increase takes the property tax from 95 cents per $100 valuation to $1 per $100 valuation.

    “I still have a lot of objections to this, but we have to pass a budget. I’ll go ahead and say yes with the hopes we can amend some of this,” Councilwoman Peggy Evans said.

  • Anti-drug group gets new home
  • Polk Salad fest is back

    The green leaves of poke salad sustained many a country family through the lingering chill of early spring.

    “My mother-in-law, that was her saying,” said Diane Sutton. “She said, ‘If you could live until poke came up you could make it another year.’”

    Sutton admitted she didn’t realize until years later that poke and other spring plants were a relief for hungry families fearing a prolonged winter and shortage of food.