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Today's News

  • Harriman considering farmers market

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Local farmers might have another place to sell their product.

    Some Harriman residents are interested in developing a farmers market in downtown Harriman.

    Pat Mynatt, wife of Harriman City Councilman Ken Mynatt, is one of those people spear-heading the activity.

    “I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time,” she said enthusiastically.

  • Board cuts two positions; cost of school lunches going up to $2 for students

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    With state and federal cuts and the rising cost of everything, the Morgan County Board of Education has been going through its proposed budget for 2008-09 looking for places to cut some $382,000.

    The Board cut about $100,000 from its budget last week but those cuts came from places Director of Schools Mike Davis did not recommend.

  • Student to teacher ratios 'unbalanced'

    By JUDY UNDERWOOD

    Morgan County News Editor

    School board member Randy Harlan believes the board should be taking a look at student to teacher ratios as it attempts to adjust its budget.

    During last week’s meeting the Board delayed any consideration on the student to teacher ratios until its next workshop which will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 30.

    Harlan said he believes classroom sizes need to be adjusted in some of the schools. He points to a breakdown of projected student enrollment for 2008-09 as proof.

  • Patton lawyer shrugs off records delay

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    The defendants in former constable Mark Patton’s lawsuit are asking for more time to comply with a chancellor’s order to turn over phone records and other correspondence.

  • Bethel Presbyterian Church moves
  • Kingston defense keys tournament win

    By GOOSE LINDSAY

    rcsports@bellsouth.net

    There was more than one way to pick up a victory Friday night in the opening round of the Dixie Youth sub-district AA tournament at Rockwood.

    For Kingston, it was all about defense as the Jackets allowed just eight hits in six innings of play in handing the host Tigers a 7-1 set-back.

    For Harriman, it was all about the offense as the Blue Devils scored 20 runs in the first three innings of play and that was more than enough to hand Caryville a 20-10 loss.

  • Harriman budget may be final in July

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    Harriman officials may approve the city’s 2008-09 budget earlier this year than in the past, but they likely won’t do so until mid-July.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley said the city is following state law, because they have to publish the budget in a certain form in the newspaper. That publication includes actual numbers for the end of the 2007-08 fiscal year, something he won’t have until he closes the books for June.

  • Utility board to be disbanded?

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    rccindysimpson@bellsouth.net

    The dissolution of the Harriman Utility Board may be the bold approach Harriman City Council takes to accomplish its goal of becoming more involved with the utility.

    Being more involved with the utility was one of their goals the city council made in a 2007 retreat.

    Now Councilman Mark Powers, who is the council representative to the Harriman Utility Board, has proposed a way to do that. Powers is suggesting the council dissolve the existing board and have the Harriman City Council act in its place.

  • Keeping business clean a goal in Kingston

    By JENNIFER RAYMOND

    rcraymond@bellsouth.net

    Kingston City Council members are looking at ways to keep the city clean, in more ways than one.

    They are putting in place restrictions and requirements for adult-oriented businesses before it becomes a problem.

    Led by Councilman Norman Sugarman, they have drafted and approved an ordinance dealing with these types of businesses.

    “We have some teeth in it to stop them or restrict them,” Sugarman said.

  • Grave markers fodder for thieves

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    rclawrence@bellsouth.net

    Metal thieves have shown no limits on what or who they’re willing to steal from.

    A man was badly burned last month because authorities said he was trying to swipe copper from a power pole. Metal bandits have also hit churches and a Habitat for Humanity house.

    The dead is not even immune.

    This week, the Roane County Grand Jury indicted a husband-and-wife team for allegedly stealing bronze markers from grave sites.