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Today's News

  • Best can owe taxes – until swear-in time

    Having a tax debt does not bar someone from being a mayoral candidate in Harriman.

    “The official oath is the kicker as far as I’m aware,” City Attorney Harold Balcom said.

    The Harriman City Charter requires elected officials to take an oath of office.

    That oath requires them to swear “that I am not indebted to the state, the county of Roane, or the city of Harriman, on account of any lawful tax against me now due and unpaid.”  

  • Walking on water: Barefoot water skiers stay on their toes

    Swan Pond resident Don Simon has a suggestion for water sport enthusiasts looking for a new challenge: Try barefoot skiing.

    “What I’m trying to promote in this area is to get more people to barefoot,” said Simon, who describes himself as a hardcore barefooter.

    Simon and a group of his peers took advantage of some beautiful weather recently for some barefoot skiing on the Emory River.

    The outing was part of a clinic with world record holder and champion barefoot skier Keith St. Onge.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A special event for a special former officer

    For more than 25 years, Jonathan Foust was a special kind of trooper — one of those rare officers who was so polite you were likely to thank him for the speeding ticket he handed you.

    “He never saw a person he didn’t like. He was always ready to do what was asked of him,” said Trooper Teresa Brown, who not only worked with Foust on the Tennessee Highway Patrol, but she also graduated from Rockwood High School with him.

  • Coal liquification proposal already has problems

    The prevailing winds blow from the west to the east.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody hopes the tri-county industrial board will take that into consideration when deciding whether to give land to a company that plans to build a coal liquification facility.

    The land is in the Plateau Partnership Park in neighboring Cumberland County.

  • Teachers bill called revenge by Republicans

    The president of the Tennessee Education Association has asked Gov. Bill Haslam to veto the collaborative conferencing bill passed by the General Assembly last week.
    “On behalf of the 52,000 members of the TEA, I would ask that you show your support for responsible education reform by vetoing this legislation,” TEA President Gera Summerford wrote to the governor.
    Despite her plea, the bill is still destined to become law because a spokeswoman for Haslam said he would sign the legislation.

  • Free-speech issues abound on Internet

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Freedom of speech might logically seem to apply the same way whether the speech takes place on the street corner or on the Internet.
    But that basic First Amendment premise is as yet unsettled in our new Web world. An intricate set of laws and judicial opinions on free speech and defamation has evolved over several centuries, from a system that existed mainly to protect the elite from criticism to one that enables anyone to seek compensation for what they see as unfair damage to their reputation.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: The reason we bash Republicans explained

    Gentle reader, we suspect that you, like we, despite wishing it were not so, share a certain prurient interest in the pecadillos of the rich, the famous, and most of all, the powerful.
    So it is that we have followed the reports of the egregious behaviour of IMF chief, Dominique Strauss Kahn, formerly considered most likely the next president of France, and his assault on the housekeeper in the luxurious New York hotel, Sofitel.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.

    Charberry Vang, speeding Nov. 25. Traffic ticket paid Feb. 9.

    Russell Gilmore, safety belt Dec. 2. Traffic ticket paid Feb. 8.

    Edith H. Washington, financial responsibility Dec. 10. Dismissed Feb. 11, cost to state.

    Daniel Moldovan, speeding Dec. 15. Traffic ticket paid Feb. 2.

    William L. Emory, speeding Dec. 15. Traffic ticket paid Feb. 2.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from April 1-9:

    From Trent J. Rogers, Stacey Rogers and Stacey C. Rogers to Theresa M. Harris by warranty deed, Dist. 4, Hilltop Farms, Lot 2, $185,000.

    From Naomi Buechel to Timothy L. McCormick and Kiesha L. McCormick by warranty deed, Dist. 2, Greenview, Lot 19, Phase I, $95,000.

    From Charles M. Odell and Kathryn D. Odell to Julie Odell Michie, Tina O. Summers, Roger C. Odell and Jason D. Odell by quit-claim deed, Dist. 5, Smokerise, Lots 4, 5 and 6, $0.

  • Harriman Memorial Day events set

    The city of Harriman’s Memorial Day Parade will be on May 28.

    In the event of inclement weather, activities will be at the American Legion.

    The event will honor all military veterans who  have served to protect the U.S. The Memorial Day parade will extend gratitude to all emergency service workers who have paid the ultimate price while protecting U.S. citizens.  
    The morning events of the day will begin at 10 a.m., when the Harriman American Legion Museum opens with a display of wartime memorabilia.