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Today's News

  • VOLKSWAGEN: 10-year tax abatement

    Volkswagen got a 10-year property-tax abatement as part of its deal to build a distribution center in Roane County.

    “They do not pay any tax,” said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance.

    There was some talk recently about not offering similar deals to future industries, but it doesn't appear that will happen now.

    “There is no plan to exempt the school taxes,” Henderson said. “That was just something we were researching.”

  • Lady Comets win first title
  • Fishing rodeo coming to Gravel Pit

    The 2013 Boat or Bank Kids Fishing Rodeo will be held this Saturday at the Kingston City Park Gravel Pit.

  • RMS captures region title
  • Fishing rodeo for youngsters Saturday

    Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency will have a “Boat or Bank” kids fishing rodeo as part of the celebration of Tennessee’s Free Fishing Day on June 8.

    The fishing at Kingston City Park’s gravel pit starts at 9 a.m. Participants ages 5-17 must register before fishing.

    This free fishing event can be from the bank or a boat, with fishing occurring anywhere in the local area.

    Adult supervision is recommended.

    State fishing regulations apply. Any type of legal bait is allowed.

  • Former asst. principal not rehired

    A former Roane County school administrator who had some run-ins with the law over the past school year may not be back in the fall.

    Donna Renee Moore had been assitant principal at Oliver Springs High School, but was then reassigned to a nonadministrative job at Midtown Education Center.

    “Her status right now is she is not hired back,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said last week.

    Moore was moved to Midtown in March following her arrest for driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of June 5

    25 Years Ago
    A reception at Harriman’s Bank of Roane County honored three retiring board members. Frank L. Faris of Harriman had served on the board for 30 years. He was the retired owner and operator of Norris Creamery. Rhea R. Browder, president and secretary/treasurer of Harriman Oil Co., had served on the board for 12 years. And Jackson T. Rymer, appointed to the board in 1973, practiced public accounting for more than 35 years.

    10 Years Ago

  • Special chair burns in downtown Harriman fire

    A fire shut down Roane Street in Harriman for hours and damaged two buildings in the 500 block Monday afternoon.

    Most of the damage was in Looking Good Hair Salon owned by Glenda Copeland, but also damaged was the former Edwards Shoe Store, which has been vacant for years.

    “The fire appeared to be what we call a high fire, so it started between the roof and the office area below,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss.

    Firefighters were dispatched at 1:08 p.m.

  • Teens go ‘Beneath the Surface’ for reading

    A number of activities are planned for “Beneath the Surface,” Harriman Public Library’s 2013 Teen Summer Reading Program.

    Activities get underway on July 7 with a focus on relaxing and making worry stones.

    All programs are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. each Tuesday in July.

    Upcoming activities include:

    July 16 — Making a personal time capsule and snacks.

    July 23 — Percy Jackson and Son of Neptune Book Club with snacks.

  • Congressional investigations must be done right

    By Lee H. Hamilton, Center on Congress
    By my count, 11 separate Washington investigations are looking into the three big issues besetting the Obama Administration right now: Benghazi, IRS targeting of Tea Party groups, and the Justice Department’s pursuit of national security leaks to Associated Press reporters.

    That’s a lot of scrutinizing by any measure.

     Don’t get me wrong.