Local News

  • Harriman budget OK’d with raises, no tax increase

    It’s official: the city of Harriman has a budget for 2012-13.

    Harriman City Council approved the budget on final reading late last month. No property tax increase and 2-percent employee pay raises are the most notable aspects of the budget, which includes very few bells and whistles in the projected $7.9 million revenue budget with appropriations of $7.1 million.

    One thing left partially funded was the city coordinator position, left vacant when Bob Tidwell retired. He’s staying on part time to help finish out grant projects he began.

  • Accused killer out on bond

    Eric Glenn Gallaher was released from the Roane County Jail at 12:25 p.m. on Friday.
    Gallaher, 32, was charged with reckless homicide last July for allegedly killing David Harvey outside the Grill & Pub near Harriman.

    Gallaher was released from jail on July 25, 2011, on a $50,000 bond.

    The bond was later revoked because of a DUI arrest in Knox County, and Gallaher was returned to jail on Nov. 3, 2011.

    Gallaher’s lawyer, Donice Butler, made a motion to have his $50,000 bond reinstated.

  • RSCC president search not as open

    The search for the next president of Roane State Community College will be markedly different than ones in years past.
    It’s the first presidential search for the Tennessee Board of Regents under a new state law requiring the names of applicants to be confidential until the naming of finalists to be interviewed for the position.
    Chancellor John Morgan hopes it will encourage a broader reach on potential candidates leery of putting their name out there for fear it might damage relationships with their current employers.

  • Former student charged in break-in

    A former student at Harriman High School has been charged with breaking into the home of former Harriman boys basketball coach Jeff King.
    Courtney Marie Thomas was charged with aggravated burglary on June 3, one day after her 18th birthday.
    According to an affidavit filed in Monroe County General Sessions Court, police responded to King’s residence at 404 Ashbury Circle, Sweetwater, in reference to a burglary in progress.

  • County approves 2-percent raises

    The Roane County Commission approved the budget for the 2012-13 fiscal year on Monday.
    The budget keeps property tax rates the same and includes a 2 percent raise for county employees.
    “We wish it was more, but we’re glad for the employees,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “The commission also added $10 more per pay period to their 401(k) if they want to match it, which is a long-term benefit for the employees.”
    Woody said there’s also no money being borrowed to fund the budget.

  • A little bathroom humor
  • Looseleaf Laureate: Bond of two brothers is example of civility

    Remember that looming hot spell I warned you about a couple of weeks ago? It fell smack in the middle of my vacation.
    I was near Richmond, Va., when a freak storm knocked the power out to millions of people on the Atlantic seaboard.
    Exterior temperatures rose over 105 degrees during the two days we were without electricity, but we made do.
    My boyfriend, Derek, and I were visiting his brother, Tom, a Zen-like guy who always seems to roll with the punches.

  • Teen to do mission work in London

    A Roane County teen will be in London during the summer Olympics, spending his time in the bustling city ministering to others.

    Christian Hawkins is being sent by Christians ministries group Global Expeditions.

    He said it’s a wonderful opportunity to spread the Gospel.

    “I’m just really excited about this trip. It is going to be amazing what God is going to do there,” Hawkins said.

  • New principals at Roane schools

    New principals have been named for Midway and Midtown elementary schools.

    Roane County Director of Schools Gary Aytes said Tim Thompson will take over at Midway.

    Thompson had been the assistant principal at Cherokee Middle School. He replaces Keevin Woody, who took a job in the central office.

    Aytes said Kendra Inman is the new principal at Midtown. She had been the principal at Dyllis Elementary School, but it was closed after the 2011-12 school year.