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Today's News

  • Hike in sales tax pitched for city projects

    Harriman City Council approved first reading of an ordinance calling for a sales tax referendum to ask voters to increase the city’s local sales tax for infrastructure needs.

    Currently, the city’s local sales and use tax is 2.5 percent of the 9.5 percent rate imposed on purchases in Harriman.

    The ordinance proposes a referendum asking voters to decide on increasing the city’s share to 2.75 percent, which Harriman Mayor Chris Mason estimates could generate as much as $400,000 annually.

  • Downtown streets make paving cut

    Harriman City Council approved a list of streets to prioritize during paving and also contractor Rogers Group for the work.

    Rogers Group told city officials they could be on site to begin paving as early as April.

    The roads selected were graded on their condition thanks to a road committee that included Public Works Director Darrell “Drack” Langley and City Manager Kevin Helms.

    “It looks like a great job,” said Councilman Buddy Holley.

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  • Legislation could affect county’s Gencay holdings

    Future back tax sales could be less risky for Roane County if a bill pending in the Tennessee General Assembly becomes law.

    The bill would allow a county that obtains property at a back tax sale to ask the chancellor to set aside its bid if the financial and environmental risks are greater than the value of the property.

  • TVA ponders two types of impoundment closures

    TVA is considering two methods for closing the impoundments at its coal-fired power facilities, which include the Kingston Fossil Plant in Roane County.

    The impoundments hold coal combustion residuals, such as fly ash and bottom ash.

    Close in place means the materials would remain in the impoundments. Close-by removal means they would be excavated and hauled off-site.

  • Demolition starts on last gaseous diffusion bldg.

    Demolition of the K-27 gaseous diffusion building began Monday, moving the U.S. Department of Energy a step closer to fulfilling its Vision 2016 — the removal of all gaseous diffusion buildings from the site by the end of the year.

    K-27 is the last of five gaseous diffusion facilities to be torn down at the East Tennessee Technology Park, the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant.

    Demolition of the four-story, 383,000-square-foot building remains one of DOE’s highest cleanup priorities.

  • Harriman mourns ‘biggest fan’

    J.D. Sampson didn’t leave anyone doubting his devotion and pride for the city of Harriman.

    “I have always said that J.D. was Harriman’s biggest fan,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    The former Harriman City Councilman, who died Sunday evening, was well known for putting Harriman first. In his usual soft-spoken candor, he even told people he only shopped and did business in his beloved community.

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  • Rocky Houston appeal rejected

    Rocky Houston raised a number of issues in the appeal of his federal firearms conviction.

    They were all rejected Monday by the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld the conviction.

    That means Houston, 55, will remain behind bars. He’s serving his nine-year sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Ashland, Ky.

    The conviction stems from his possession of firearms in Roane County.

    In 2010, Houston was convicted in Roane County Criminal Court of felony evading arrest.

  • County, city leaders support study on school initiatives

    The top elected officials of Roane County and its four municipalities have gone on the record to support Roane County Board of Education’s feasibility study and education reform initiative.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody, Harriman Mayor Chris Mason and Kingston Mayor Tim Neal pledged their support during a Jan. 30 meeting at Kingston City Hall, said a Tuesday release from The Roane Alliance.