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Today's News

  • Harriman officials par down manager list; interviews to take place this week

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Harriman City Council members will get their first peek at candidates for city manager during phone interviews next week.

    The top 13 candidates will be interviewed from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, in The Roane Alliance in Kingston.

    Council selected The Alliance office because of its capabilities to do live video chat in its meeting space.

    Municipal Technical Advisory Service narrowed down the list of 46 candidates to those to be interviewed initially.

  • Volunteer Energy partners with gas firm

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative and Blossman Gas have entered a new partnership for VEC’s subsidiary company, VE Propane.

    Blossman Gas will serve as the propane service provider for the company. V

    E Propane has provided metered and bulk propane for VEC electric customers in Meigs, McMinn, Bradley, Hamilton, Polk, Rhea and Roane counties for several years.

    The metered propane service offered by VE Propane allows customers to have tanks filled with no up-front charge.

    Customers are billed monthly for the propane as they use it.

  • State House hopeful Kneiser says he’s picky about campaign donors

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    State House District 32 Democratic candidate Joe Kneiser is still trying to put together a war chest with Election Day less than two months away.

    “I’m sending out letters all the time,” he said on Sept. 15. “Today, I sent out about 30.”

    According to the state’s campaign finance website, Kneiser has submitted two reports – one on July 2 and another on July 31. Both show that he raised $0. The next reports are due on Oct. 10.

  • Police arrest two on pot charges; one for ecstasy

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Samuel Foster, a 21-year-old Kingston man, was charged with manufacture, sale or delivery of ecstasy and marijuana on Sept. 14.

    According to the arrest warrant, Harriman police pulled Foster over for running a stop sign.

    “I observed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle,” the warrant said. “I asked Foster for and was denied consent to search the vehicle.”

    Mexx, a drug-sniffing canine, alerted police to the possibility of drugs in the vehicle.

  • Chamber adds two staffers to aid businesses

    Roane County Chamber of Commerce now has two full-time employees to bring more attention to members and add member benefits through additional products and programs.

    Paulette Ray, director of Chamber operations, returned to The Roane Alliance to work hand-in-hand with businesses to help them grow and succeed.

    Lindsey Stevens joined the Chamber staff as member services coordinator.

  • Wampler heads up board of state grocers group

    John Edd Wampler, president of Family Brands International LLC, has been named chairman of the board of directors of the Tennessee Grocers and Convenience Store Association.

    Wampler assumed the role at the association’s recent annual convention in Nashville.

    A native of Lenoir City, Wampler grew up in the family business, first at Wampler’s Farm Sausage and later at Family Brands International.

  • AT&T supports Michael Dunn Center
  • Volunteer Energy gives to Roane agencies

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

    Groups recently collecting grants include Midway Elementary School Back to School Bash Club, $1,000; South Roane County Volunteer Fire Department’s Junior Firefighter Training Program, $500; Midway Middle School’s Beta Club, $500 grant; and South Roane Volunteer Fire Department’s Dry Fork Valley Station 4, $500 grant.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Visitors at St. Mary’s Baptist Church last Sunday were Brian Farmer, his friend Penney, her daughter Natalie, and Brian’s daughter Madison.

    Also, his mother Carol Farmer was with them.

    They were blessed and said they will be back.

    Emmitte Yette, a former resident of this city, will celebrate his birthday the 26th of this month. Happy birthday, Emmette, and be blessed.

  • Slow start costs Blue Devils in 40-19 loss

     

    In what could be described as a very physical game, the Grace Christian Academy Rams pinned a 40-19 defeat on the Harriman Blue Devils Friday night at Wallace Black Field.

    The Rams actually jumped out to a quick 21-0 lead before Harriman settled down and played the state’s No. 3 ranked 2A team toe-to-toe the rest of the evening.