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Today's News

  • Harriman rounds up its tax rate

    The first reading of the Harriman budget for the fiscal 2017 year includes rounding up the property-tax rate from $1.2197 per $100 valuation to $1.22 per $100 valuation.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley said a taxpayer with a $100,000 appraised-value home will pay 7 cents more on the tax rate, while a home with a $200,000 appraised-value will pay 15 cents more.

    Councilman Wayne Best said the city is keeping its tax rate low, but that means the city is limited in what it can do.

  • REPRESENTING ROANE AT THE RNC
  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Transportation plus, but traffic lacking

    Last week I started the Leadership Roane County program. During the first session our class conducted an exercise to help evaluate the various factors and issues, both positive and negative, that might influence the future of our county.

    The exercise was based on SWOT, an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

    We broke out in teams to conduct the assessments. Despite the diversity of our class, the results were remarkably similar from each team.

  • ARRESTS: July 28-Aug 15

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

  • ALOHA! AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ALBERT

     

    Albert Goss, a longtime Harriman resident, recently celebrated his 95th birthday in Hawaii with friends and his daughter, Linda Lum. He is pictured at Kualoa Regional Park in Oahu.

  • SCHOOL BOARD SEND-OFF

    Friends, family, current and former Roane County Board of Education members, current and former principals along with school officials from the past and present converged on Midway Elementary School Monday evening to pay homage to Everett Massengill.

    The longtime school board member who represents the Midway area is retiring at the end of the month.

    “It was just fantastic,” Massengill said about the evening, which included a reception and his final school board meeting. “It was great.”

  • Out to Lunch: Food’s good, but finding The Front Porch takes some skill

    “Do you have The Front Porch on your prospective ‘Out to Lunch’ places to visit?” asked my wife, Carol.

    An article she had read about the renovations of historic old building in the Powell community included photos and a mention of The Front Porch restaurant.

    It was on my list, and I knew then, by her question, where our next lunch adventure was going to be.

    The Front Porch at 1509 Emory Road.

  • It's TOMATO season

    You Say Tomato owners Darian Barnett and Jimmy Adkins have certainly gotten a lot of milage from their store’s name.

    Decorative tomatoes large and small fill many of the Rockwood store’s nooks and crannies, along with paintings, posters and even a back wall display of the shop’s name accentuated with whimsical hot-pink stuffed animal heads.

    Adkins says that touch of eclectic fun was the idea behind the moniker, which is a line from the old George and Ira Gershwin song, “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.”

  • Comcast’s Games

    Rockwood Electric Utility General Manager Kendall Bear has been watching the Olympic Games play out with a fair amount of amusement.

    He said it is interesting to him that Comcast, which owns the Games’ exclusive broadcaster, NBC, has pulled in more than $1 billion in revenue and purchased advertising, yet still has not paid its outstanding pole rental fee to REU.

  • Rockwood leveling out Complex’s playing field

    The high school baseball field at Mike “Brillo” Miller Sports Complex is getting a facelift.

    Tiger head coach Jake Witter, Rockwood Parks and Recreation Director Chase Clem and other city employees are leveling out the infield.

    “It’s been long overdue,” Witter said after the initial grading work was done.