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Today's News

  • Drug incinerator first in region

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office got a little heated last week with the introduction of a new drug disposal incinerator.

    “We didn’t have one in this region,” Sheriff Jack Stockton said of the new apparatus, which will be convenient for both his officers and all law-enforcement agencies in the county.

    The sheriff’s office was able to purchase the incinerator with a grant with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

    State Sen. Ken Yager and state Rep. Kent Calfee helped secure the funding.

  • DAV post needing new van

     

    Calvin Wright of Harriman is among the area veterans who is taken for treatment by the Disabled American Veterans Post 86 van. The Veterans Administration requires vans to be replaced when they reach 150,000, and the present one is close to that mark. Call 304-0162 to donate.
     

  • Rockwood board approves gas study for Plateau Park

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board has approved a proposal for a preliminary engineering study to explore extending natural gas service to Plateau Partnership Park.

    ‘The plan is still that the utility would only extend if it were financially supportive by the new customers and not the existing system customer base,” said Manager Kim Ramsey.

    “Once again, that decision is tied to the type of customer attracted to the industrial park; although, the board and I all agree that this extension must be financially self-supporting.”

  • Rockwood dips into reserves

    Rockwood officials are using money set aside from the sale of the TENCLO building, as well as $100,000 from the reserve and emergency fund, to get through a tough spot.

    The fall is always a tight financial season for city governments, and Rockwood is no different. Rockwood’s new reserve and emergency fund balance was $10,263.41.

  • 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.

  • Harriman Happenings-Oct. 6

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the family of Jay Bee Dickens Jr., who recently passed away.

    He was a faithful member of the American Legion Post 232 of Harriman and a veteran of the U.S. Army.

    Some survivors include his wife Elizabeth Dickens.

    He had three daughters; two sons; mother, Dorothy Dickens; two sisters; three brothers and their family; 15 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives.

    The Rev. Willie Gallaher officiated this service.

    Mr. Dickens’ wish was to be cremated.

  • Coats for Cold drive underway

    Collections are underway for coat and jacket donations for Dennis Ferguson’s annual Coats for the Cold.

    Collections continue through Oct. 17 at Midtown Pharmacy, Chase Drugs and Hannah’s Tanning Hut in Harriman, United Community Bank in Kingston, and Live and Let Live Drug Store in Rockwood.

    Coats will be distributed beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 26 in the garden center at Rockwood Walmart Supercenter.

    Anyone in need of a coat or jacket is encouraged to attend and pick up outerwear to keep them warm during the upcoming cold months.

  • Rockwood BPW to mark Business Women’s Week

    Rockwood Business and Professional Women will meet on Oct. 21 as part of the group’s celebration of National Business Women’s Week.

    The dinner meeting will be in Victorian Square.

    Adina Chumley, regional public relations specialist for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will speak on issues of interest and importance to working women.

  • Food City named year’s top retailer

    Certified Angus Beef recently named Food City its Retail Marketer of the Year within the large chain category.

    “These retailers continue to identify new avenues for sharing our premium quality and farm-to-table stories with customers,” said John Stika, Certified Angus Beef brand’s president. “They offer a vital link between consumers and ranchers who are equally passionate about bringing their best to the table with the Certified Angus Beef brand.”