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Today's News

  • Harriman eyes projects for TVA money

    Harriman wants to use their TVA image repair funding to utilize marketing such as billboards, give their interstate exits a facelift and improve park facilities, too.

    Those are three of the items city officials hope to use the city’s $375,000 portion of public image repair money for. The money was given out through the Roane County Economic Development Foundation, which was established to distribute the funds doled out by TVA after the Dec. 22, 2008 ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Harriman to choose manager?

    \Harriman may finally make an offer to one of three candidates for Harriman city manager this week.

    The three candidates were interviewed on Oct. 7, and council and employees used a rating system to score each candidate on different criteria during the interviews. Kevin Helms, former city manager of Oak Hill, appears to be the frontrunner.

    “He’ll be good,” Councilman Ken Mynatt said.

    Mynatt said he liked his background and ideas.

    “He’s pretty sharp,” Mynatt added.

  • TVA gets thumbs up on cleanup

    TVA Inspector General Richard Moore has called himself the agency’s harshest critic, but he’s also not afraid to heap praise when warranted. His office does exactly that in a September report about TVA’s ash spill recovery project.

    “Our review found TVA has met, or is in the process of meeting, its commitments for the Kingston Recovery Project,” the report said. “Community leaders and regulatory personnel interviewed were satisfied with TVA’s actions to meet its commitments.”

  • Attorney suspended after guilty plea on sex charges

    Roane County lawyer Kent Booher had his law license suspended by the Tennessee Supreme Court on Oct. 7. Last month Booher pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County Criminal Court.

    That was the reason his law license was suspended.

  • Rockwood man charged in bat-swinging foul play

    A Rockwood man is accused of attacking three people with a baseball bat.

    Johnathan W. Beard, 21, 109 Derrick St., was charged last week with three counts of aggravated assault that occurred on Oct. 4.

    Officer Blake Norman was called to Roane Medical Center for an assault that had taken place at 529 1/2 N. Chamberlain Ave., Rockwood. Once there he spoke to Wesley Williams, one of the victims, who told officers that he had heard a knock on his door and found Beard standing on his porch.

  • Harriman takes tough stance on delinquent taxes

    Some Harriman residents might not like a new city approach to property tax.

    City officials are looking at tackling delinquent property tax offenders, and the measure they are considering is holding their own auction of property belonging to the most delinquent offenders. Harriman City Council will be discussing moving forward on a land sale at a special called meeting Tuesday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m.

    “It is just way overdue in my opinion. I hope we can collect quickly or otherwise take the property over,” said Councilman Chris Ahler.

  • Alexander calls for restrictions on travel because of Ebola outbreak

    While not calling for an all out ban, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said travel should at least be restricted from the Ebola infected countries in Africa.

    “Given the spread of Ebola in Dallas, the most sensible way to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States is to restrict travel to the U.S. from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in West Africa to essential personnel,” Alexander said in a statement last week.

    Some have called for the all out ban to the African countries, but President Barack Obama seemed reluctant to do that last week.

  • Ebola forum set to inform the public

    All Knoxville area hospital systems and facilities have joined with the Knox County Health Department to sponsor an unprecedented community forum to educate the public about Ebola and address any questions and concerns about the disease.

  • Courts likely to hear same-sex couple’s appeal

    As long as everything is in order procedurally, Tennessee Appellate Court Chief Deputy Clerk Joanne Newsome said she expects the Court of Appeals to hear the Roane County same-sex divorce case.

    Frederick Michael Borman filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman in Roane County Circuit Court in March. The Roane County men were married in Iowa in 2010.

    Tennessee doesn’t recognize same sex marriage, and former circuit court judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. denied Borman’s request for a divorce.

  • Stop, drop and roll into fire safety

    Harriman Fire Department came out to Bowers Elementary school to information students about fire safety this month.

    Sparky the fire dog made an appearance along with a first-hand look at the fire trucks.

    Kindergartners Ethan Mullins, left, and Nicholas Robinson test out Harriman Fire Department's trucks during the visit.