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  • Keep your cotton-pickin’ hands off my constitution!

    In November, Tennessee voters will decide whether a window allowing state income taxes will remain open or be almost permanently closed.

    Amendment 3 on the Nov. 4 ballot will give voters an opportunity to decide the matter.

    Voters can chose to vote “yes” or “no” to adding the following language  to the Tennessee Constitution: “Legislature shall not levy, authorize or otherwise permit any state or local tax upon payroll or earned persoal income or any state or local tax measured by payroll or earned personal income.”

  • Harriman mgr. may be decided Tuesday

    Harriman City Council may be offering the new city manager position to one of its three  prospects during its regular meeting Tuesday.

    The meeting starts at  7 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex — only a few hours after in-person interviews with the trio of finalists for the position.

    The finalists will also be part of a public meet-and-greet at the Harriman Princess Theatre.

  • VEC to pass on TVA’s increase

    The recently approved TVA budget for 2015 and will impact Volunteer Energy Cooperative members.

    “The first thing most people will be interested in knowing about the TVA budget is whether or not it will mean higher electric bills,” said Volunteer Energy Cooperative President/CEO Rody Blevins. “For VEC members, the answer is a small yes.”

    Volunteer Energy supplies electricity to a number of Roane Countians in the South of the River area.

  • Arrest made in slashing, robbery

    Harriman and Knoxville police arrested a man in connection with the armed robbery and assault that occurred at the Eagle Mart last week.

    Xavier Lewis Sanford, 23, 1235 Boyd Ave., Knoxville, was arrested after Harriman and Knoxville police did surveillance that led to his arrest Wednesday afternoon, according to the Harriman Police Department.

    “We had information he may have been the one involved,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

    He is being held in Knoxville on other charges and on hold for Roane County for the aggravated robbery.

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  • Harriman city manager search: Then there were three

    Three candidates have made the cut as Harriman narrows its search for a city manager.

    The three to be interviewed next Tuesday in Harriman are Thomas Ernharth, manager of South Londonderry Township, Pa.; and two Tennessee candidates — Kevin Helms, former city manager of Oak Hill; and Michael Chesney, former interim Millington city manager.

  • Homeless success stories offered

    Family Promise of Roane County is closer than ever to being able to provide shelter and resources for homeless families.

    A fundraising event is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 25, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Harriman Church of God on Roane State Highway.

    “It is really going to be an opportunity to let the community learn more,” said Jennifer Watson, housing manager at Rockwood Housing Authority.

  • Tax bills just a bit late this year, official says

    Normally, property owners would have their tax bills by Oct. 1.

    This isn’t a normal year, however.

    The Roane County Commission didn’t set the property tax rates until the night of Sept. 8.

    Trustee Wilma Eblen said that’s the reason bills haven’t been sent yet, but property owners can expect them soon.

    “We hope to get them in the mail by Monday,” she said.

    The bills can’t go out until the commission approves the tax rates.

  • A CAUSE WORTH SALUTING

    Disabled American Veterans Post 86 will soon need a new van for its Veterans Administration program to transport veterans to medical treatment at VA facilities in Murfreesboro and Nashville.

    The program is helpful for many veterans who would struggle otherwise to get treatment. 

    “I’m grateful for it, because I would have no way there if I didn’t go in this,” said Calvin Wright, a U.S. Navy veteran. 

  • GUEST OPINION: College — where religious freedom goes to die

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES

    First Amendment Center

    In the Orwellian world of many college and university campuses, all faiths are welcome — but some faiths are more welcome than others.

    Just this month, for example, California State University “derecognized” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical student organization with more than 900 chapters at colleges and universities across the country.