Local News

  • Wrestling returns to Hooray

    The return of wrestling to Hooray for Harriman’s Labor Day Festival was a big hit in the past, and bigger names will likely bring even bigger crowds to this year’s event on Sept. 5.

    “That was the biggest draw,” said festival chairman Randy Ellis. “I bet you there was 800 to 1,000 people at the wrestling last year.”

  • $30,000 allotted to clean up meth labs

    The proposed budget for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office grew by $30,000 last month when the budget committee adjusted it to provide funding for the clean up of methamphetamine-producing labs.

    Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Meth Task Force, said the average cost to clean up a meth lab is $2,500.

    Local governments used to rely on federal funds to clean up meth labs. They had to come up with another source of funding after the federal money dried up.

  • Kingston honors six mayors during annual city picnic

    Six who have held the title of Kingston mayor were honored at the annual city picnic on July 1.

    From left are Ted Morton; Jim Henry; Teresa Nichols, standing in for Ruby Luckey, who could not make it; Don Woody; Diane McKeethan; Bob Humphreys; and current Mayor Troy Beets.

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  • OS teen killed on ATV

    An Oliver Springs teen died Friday afternoon after an all-terrain vehicle crash in Roane County.

    Ellie Elizabeth Jackson, 14, was a rising sophomore at Oliver Springs High School.

    Family members found the active teenager in the woods behind their home, removed her helmet and performed CPR.

    Jackson was active in her church and at the high school, where she was a varsity cheerleader.

    Her obituary also said she was active in the student council, the Future Business Leaders of America, 4-H Club and P-3.

  • Payback of debt leads to tax hike

    Proposed county property tax increases in Harriman, Kingston, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs and Rockwood have a lot to do with the county’s debt, said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    “We’re going to have to pay our debt, and there’s some taxes for the cities because of that,” he said Tuesday.

    Roane County is $57.4 million in debt. That figure doesn’t include interest.

    Woody said it’s possible the county is still paying debt on computers that it no longer has because of past refinancing.

  • It’s official: Harriman water, sewer rates up

    Harriman Utility Board water and sewer customers should get ready to pay more.

    Effective July 1, rates are up 3 percent for water customers and 7 percent for those receiving sewer services.

    “The sewer increase is to continue to work on pump stations and collection lines per the [Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation] order,” said Bill Young, who took over as manager of the Harriman utilities on July 1.

    Harriman is under a sewer moratorium until it meets upgrade improvements on its aging system.

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  • Roane part of Retire Tennessee program

    Roane County has met the criteria to join Retire Tennessee, the state’s retiree recruitment program.
    Roane, Maury and Warren counties were announced by Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty as the newest counties in the 13 that are part of the active Retire Tennessee program.