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    More than 100 people gathered to remember one of the men who lost their lives in the 1929 flood that devastated the city of Harriman.

    The descendants of Robert “Bob” Underwood came together and dedicated a bench at David Webb Riverfront Park in his honor, remembering the man who drowned while taking his team of mules in an attempt to save his neighbors on March 23, 1929.

  • Harriman sales tax referendum moves forward

    Harriman will be getting the ball rolling on a sales tax referendum city officials hope will enable them to tackle more infrastructure projects in the future.

    First reading of an ordinance to start the ball rolling in getting the issue on a ballot is on the agenda for the Harriman City Council’s regular council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3.

    “It is very important if we want to continue work on infrastructure that we got going on,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • County looks to fill Kelley’s seat

    The Roane County Commission is looking to fill the vacant seat in District 4.

    The next regular meeting is April 9. One of the items on the agenda will be an election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Steve Kelley. He represented the district from Sept. 1, 2010 until his passing on Feb. 21 of this year.

    The April 9 meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

  • Roane jobless rate holds steady in February

    Roane County’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in February, according to statistics released late last week by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    That’s 1 percent lower than a year ago.

    Roane was among 21 of Tennessee’s 95 counties where unemployment rates remained the same from January to February. Sixty-nine counties saw lower unemployment rates, and five counties had increased rates.

  • Seminar shows social media use in marketing

    The Roane Alliance and Tennessee Small Business Development Center at Roane State Community College will give a free seminar for business owners on April 19.

    The seminar, Social Media Marketing, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Center Director Jutta Bangs will present the seminar that’s described as ideal for both future and existing entrepreneurs.

  • Negotiating basics at next Lunch and Learn

    “Negotiation Basics: Getting the Best Deals for Your Business” is the topic of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce’s next Lunch and Learn series.

    The program presented by SCORE will be from noon to 2 p.m. April 24 in The Roane Alliance at 1209 N. Kentucky St., Kingston.

    Topics to be covered include:

    • Critical factors for successful negotiations

    • Negotiation gambits — how and when to use them

    • The three stages of a negotiation

  • Now, that’s a fish tale

    By Jason Perry


    Recently there was a bit of stir on social media and in fishing circles.

    Kingston resident and local fisherman Matt Girman caught a 51-pound catfish from Watts Bar Lake recently.

    After TWRA shared its picture of Girman posing with his monster fish on Facebook, social media lit up with comments and people sharing the picture.

    “When Brad Daugherty (TWRA representative) put that picture up online, I was in shock,” Girman said. “I have 50 pictures online of fish of that caliber.

  • Harriman picks up win

    The Harriman Blue Devils won the first game of the season series with Wartburg, 10-4, Monday night at Harriman.

    Hunter Webb picked up the win for Harriman on the hill as he went six complete innings.

    Caleb McCarty started out with a walk and Brandon Grimes drove him to third, followed by Caleb Constant bringing McCarty home with a sacrifice fly.

    It gave Wartburg a 1-0 lead after the top of the first inning.

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  • Harriman and Wartburg team up

    By Melissa Coley


    Harriman coach Chasity Lowery along with Wartburg coach Jana Gouge teamed up in a two game series to raise money to fight against diseases that currently do not have a cure. The slogan “Bring Home a Cure” was used in the games as the Lady Devils and Lady Bulldogs played on March 26th and 27th with game one being played at Harriman while game two was played at Wartburg.