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Today's News

  • Sales tax goes on ballot in Harriman

    Harriman officials are putting a sales tax issue on the ballot for August.

    The Harriman City Council approved second reading at their meeting this week. The city is asking voters to raise the local option sales tax from 2.5 percent to 2.75 percent with the intent all additional revenue would go to fund streets, bridges, sidewalks and storm water systems.

  • Elderly lady nabbed for harboring runaway Roane County teen

    A 74-year-old Madisonville woman was booked into the Roane County Jail last weekend.

    Vickie E. Wattjes is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and harboring a runaway juvenile.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Stan Hohulin responded to 107 Rileys Creek Road on Sunday to investigate a report about a missing juvenile.

  • Free hazardous waste disposal set for May 12

    A household hazardous waste disposal event will be held Saturday, May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Recycling Center on 215 White Pine Road in Harriman.

    The one day event offers a free and safe way for local residents to rid their homes of household hazardous materials including solvents, fluorescent bulbs, antifreeze, rechargeable batteries, fertilizer, pesticides and pool chemicals.

    The public should not bring medical waste except needles in puncture-proof containers, explosives, radioactive materials including smoke detectors or any empty containers.

  • Drainage issues addressed at Kingston McDonald's

    Neighbors could experience some benefits from the construction of a new McDonald’s in Kingston.

    “There’s some drainage problems in the back for the neighbors in the back,” McDonald’s owner John Faris said. “We’re actually putting some new drains in through the property.”

    The McDonald’s property is located on North Kentucky Street. A few homes sit behind the property.

  • Officials eye uses for old Harriman hospital

    Harriman got its first look at what the old Harriman Hospital might look like with city offices inside last month.

    “It kind of shows what some of the repurposing uses could be for the facility, but the city uses primarily being located within the 1990s structure. It would include relocating from some current facilities, and also the addition of some space we would think would be beneficial to the community,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

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  • Committee for back taxes meets April 30

    The Roane County-Owned Back Tax Property Committee will meet Monday, April 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the first floor conference room at the Courthouse in Kingston.

    The committee consists of Commissioners Darryl Meadows, Todd Fink, Stanley Moore, Randy Ellis and Ron Woody.

  • TBI reports crime growth in 2017

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its 2017 ‘Crime in Tennessee’ report, revealing a slight overall increase in reported instances of crime in the most recent reporting year.

    The annual study compiles data reported from each law enforcement agency in the state through the Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS).

    The TBI’s sophisticated crime reporting system, in place for more than 15 years, provides an updated and comprehensive picture of the successes and challenges facing communities across Tennessee.

  • Regions Bank opens Midtown location this week

    The new Regions Bank branch in Harriman’s Midtown area, is expected to open Monday.

    The branch lobby will be open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The drive-thru will be open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6.

    Video banking capabilities will also be available at the drive-thru Video Banking ATM.

    Video Banking ATMs allow customers to choose to connect with a Regions Video Banker via live, two-way video.

  • Volunteer Electric donations to Roane area organizations

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded $2,500 in grants to Roane County organizations in April.

    Local groups receiving grants include Midway Youth Development Organization ($225), 30 Plus Club ($250), Midway Hall of Fame ($325), Roane County Youth Leadership ($450), Youth Department of Salem Baptist Church ($500), and Midway Quarterback Club ($750).

    The program, founded in October 2001, has donated more than $6.3 million to various community-service organizations across VEC’s 17-county service area.