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Today's News

  • Final vote on Kingston budget set for Tuesday

    Kingston City Council members agreed at last week’s work session to put a tight, tidy budget on the agenda for its June 10 full council session for a second and final reading.

    The June 3 work session also saw council set a public hearing on the proposed budget — necessary by state law — for 6:45 on June 10.

    The meeting itself begins at 7 p.m.

    The proposed budget was approved on first reading last month.

    At just more than $5.4 million, it stands at about $100,000 less than the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

  • Harriman leaders to mull charter changes

    Harriman City Council will consider final passage of proposed changes to the Harriman City Charter during its regular meeting Tuesday.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    The Tennessee General Assembly approved the charter changes in late May.

    The charter changes include establishing a city manager position.

    The changes also make the city’s chief finance officer, city judge and attorney Council appointments.

    Presently, all are elected by city voters during the Harriman mayoral elections.

  • Farmers market now open for 2014 season

    Harriman’s farmers market is now open for the growing season.

    The market, which officially opened last weekend, features fresh produce and from 8 a.m. to noon (or sellout) each Saturday, and from 3 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday.

    “This is a true farmers market,” Harriman Councilman Ken Mynatt said. “People selling at this market are selling stuff they have grown. This is all Tennessee produce.”

    Margaret Jones is a regular that loves the camaraderie and good food.

  • Flipped truck stalls traffic

    Traffic was at a standstill on Interstate 40 in West Roane County when a tractor trailer carrying pet supplies overturned last week. The tractor trailer stretched out across all eastbound lanes of traffic at mile marker 341 and stalled traffic from the afternoon into the evening. The driver was sent to Roane Medical for minor injuries, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

  • Good food — and lots of it — at Farmers Family Restaurant

    On my trips to the Tupelo, Miss., Furniture Market, my wife, Carol, and I plan ahead for a lunch stop in Dickson at Farmers Family Restaurant.

    “Fresh Country Cooking Buffet Style At Its Best” is its motto.

    It is — and for such a bargain price, you’ll wonder what the catch is. You can’t have a carry-out box for leftovers.

    On a recent Mississippi furniture trip, our South Knoxville furniture friends, Mickey and Jerry Pease, rode with us.

  • Jobless rate down statewide

    All of Tennessee’s 95 counties reported decreased unemployment rates in April, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County, the state and national jobless rates were 5.9 percent in April.

    For the county, that’s a decrease of 1.1 percent.

    Tennessee’s unemployment rate was down by 1.2 percent from March, and the U.S. rate was down by 0.9 percent.

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  • Harriman Happenings June 9

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Jadah Gallaher and Roderick Drummond, who lost their lives due to an accident.

    There are a lot of prayers from concerned people.

    Jadah is the daughter of the Rev. Willie and Sister Missy Gallaher.

    Rod, as we call him, was a wonderful young man. He came from a Christian home.

    They will be missed. Let’s continue to lift both families in prayer.

    Get-well wishes to Darius Gallaher and Hunter Crass, who were hurt in the train and car accident.

  • Donate blood, get a free movie pass

    Medic Regional Blood Center has a special offer for all donors who give blood on June 11-12.

    Anyone who donates on those days will receive one free Regal Cinema movie pass that has no expiration date.

    This special incentive is designed to help boost the inventory during the slow summer season, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic’s public relations.

    “We are happy to have this opportunity to offer something that our donors really appreciate,” she said.