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Today's News

  • Increase possible down the road for Harriman

    Harriman City Council will likely not consider a budget this year with a property tax increase.

    “It is still kind of early, but my feeling would be we will try to make a presentation without a tax increase,” said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    He was quick to add, however, the city will need to find somewhere to grow revenue in the near future, whether that is through a proposed local sales tax increase that will be on the ballot in November or a property tax increase.

  • Kingston kicks in reserves money to balance budget

    Unlike last year’s unforeseen delay, the city of Kingston is already close to passing its upcoming year’s budget.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling and city fiscal officer Carolyn Brewer have been working on the city’s 2016-17 $7.567 million proposed budget, which calls for no tax increase.

    Council voted 5-2 to pass on first reading the proposed $7.567 million 2016-17 budget during the regular monthly meeting earlier this month.

  • Curious about the Obed’s park status?

    Obed Wild and Scenic River will have a ranger program on how the Obed became a national park in 1976.

    This unique program will be begin at 1 p.m. May 28 inside the Obed Visitor Center at 208 N. Maiden St., Wartburg.

    The talk will focus on the various grassroots efforts from area citizenry, which persuaded Congress to preserve the Obed. It will include a discussion on the role of TVA in the park’s 40-year history.

    Immediately following the talk, the park film, “The Obed: Find Yourself Here,” will be shown.

  • It was a happy, filling Cinco de Mayo at Los Primos

    In May 2015, my wife, Carol, and I celebrated Cinco De Mayo with our friends, Jimmy and Luci Bell, by having lunch at a Mexican restaurant.

    It was a last-minute idea, and I had previously written an “Out to Lunch” article about the restaurant. So I got to enjoy our lunch on the outdoor patio, under an umbrella, without table-hopping for information to write an article.

    This year I planned ahead and invited the Bells to meet us at Los Primos in Harriman for a Cinco De Mayo “Out to Lunch“ adventure. They have been part of previous articles.

  • Assessor's employee turnover: Records show 30 changes in almost four years

    Employee turnover in the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office has become an issue in this year’s campaign.

    “We have had many, many employees come through that office,” said Molly Leggins Hartup. “The turnover rate has been very high.”

    Hartup is one of three people challenging incumbent David Morgan for the property assessor’s job. Since Morgan took over on Sept. 1, 2012, there have been roughly 30 employee changes in his office, according to County Payroll Officer Linda Stooksbury.

  • No insubordination cited in Hartup review

    “Very good at interpreting assessment laws and regulations. Knows her job and duties well. Our department will miss her.”

    Those are some of the comments Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan made about Molly Leggins Hartup in a performance review before she stopped working for his office.

    Hartup, a candidate in this year’s race for property assessor, said that proves she wasn’t an insubordinate employee like Morgan has claimed.

  • Schools chief to make $120,000 to start

    The Roane County Board of Education approved the contract for its new director on Thursday.

    “The negotiations went real well,” Board Mem-ber Mike “Brillo” Miller said.

    Miller negotiated the contract with Dr. Leah Rice Watkins after the board voted 7-3 on April 20 to select her as the next director.

    The contract is for four years, beginning on July 1 and expiring on June 30, 2020.

    The starting salary is $120,000.

  • Grant to fix up Roane Regional site for new industry

    The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has awarded Roane County a $356,072 grant for further development of the Jones Road site in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park.

    The grant will fund the clearing and grading for a building pad to accommodate a minimum 100,000-square-foot building.

  • Lady Tigers calm Lady Waves for Region 2A championship

    The Midway Lady Green Waves and the Meigs County Lady Tigers met for the fifth time this season in the Region 2A championship in Decatur Wednesday evening.

    Meigs County would win the title with a 2-0 win over Midway in a tight game from start to finish. Meigs County did not out hit, out pitch or out play Midway like they did in the two previous games in the district tourney which they won 9-0 and 7-0. This time Midway was snake bit by two throwing errors that allowed both Lady Tiger runs to score.

  • Four Roane County middle schools honored for sportsmanship during 2015-16 seasons

    Four  Roane County schools were recognized with sportsmanship awards.

    "Seven years ago, the Roane County School System began recognizing middle and high school athletic programs within our county that completed an entire athletic year with zero reports of unsportsmanlike conduct.  

    “We made the decision to try to present these schools with a monetary award to show appreciation for their emphasis on sportsmanship throughout the school year," said Tony Clower, middle school supervisor for Roane County Schools.