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Today's News

  • Voters offered free photo ID

    A new law has recently been passed that requires registered voters to show valid government identification with a photograph in order to vote starting Jan. 1, 2012.

    This ID can include Tennessee driver’s license, passport, military ID or other valid state or federal government issued ID with a photograph.

    “If you cannot afford an ID, one will be provided to you free of charge, for the purposes of voting only, at the nearest Tennessee driver testing center,” said state Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City.

  • Harriman honored for Princess renovations

    East Tennessee Development District and East Tennessee Human Resource Agency recently honored the city of Harriman during their annual Awards Banquet at the Museum of Appalachia in Norris.

    The city was presented with an achievement award for the completion of the Princess Theatre renovation project.  

    The Princess Theatre Complex consists of three historic commercial buildings on Roane Street, with the historic art deco Princess Theatre at the cen-ter.  

  • Woody not alone in Plateau Park doubts

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody is not the only county head who sees a problem with the Plateau Partnership Park agreement.

    Morgan County Executive Don Edwards does as well.

    “Morgan County has no more money to put into this project nevertheless,” he wrote in an email to Woody on July 1. “We must rework this agreement ASAP.”

    The industrial park is a joint venture between Cumberland, Morgan and Roane counties.

  • Boost in pay on for some officials

    Some of Roane County’s highest-paid officials will be better compensated in the new fiscal year.

    General Sessions Court judges Dennis Humphrey and Jeff Wicks, Director of Schools Toni McGriff and County Attorney Tom McFarland are all getting hikes in pay.

    The raises for Humphrey, Wicks and McFarland are state mandated.

    McGriff’s contract with the Board of Education calls for annual raises.

  • Too close for comfort? Rebuilding on lots in historic district a violation of town’s zoning laws

    When Harriman was formed more than a century ago, lots were sold in small sizes.

    Many homes, including large Victorian ones in the Cornstalk Heights historic district, were often built close together with small yards.

    In many instances, those conditions would violate the city’s present zoning ordinances.

    “If my house burned down today, I couldn’t rebuild it,” said Buddy Holley, a Harriman City Council member who lives in the Cornstalk Heights district.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Pushing beyond the limits, mist and all

    Humidity.

    I rarely take vacation time in July because of that single weather extreme. I’m more the April or October type.

    But this year, circumstances prompted a change in my habits. And while the humidity is out there in spades, I’m glad I am getting out of the house more during a month I usually hole up inside.

  • Wrestling returns to Hooray

    The return of wrestling to Hooray for Harriman’s Labor Day Festival was a big hit in the past, and bigger names will likely bring even bigger crowds to this year’s event on Sept. 5.

    “That was the biggest draw,” said festival chairman Randy Ellis. “I bet you there was 800 to 1,000 people at the wrestling last year.”

  • $30,000 allotted to clean up meth labs

    The proposed budget for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office grew by $30,000 last month when the budget committee adjusted it to provide funding for the clean up of methamphetamine-producing labs.

    Tommy Farmer, director of the Tennessee Meth Task Force, said the average cost to clean up a meth lab is $2,500.

    Local governments used to rely on federal funds to clean up meth labs. They had to come up with another source of funding after the federal money dried up.

  • Kingston honors six mayors during annual city picnic

    Six who have held the title of Kingston mayor were honored at the annual city picnic on July 1.

    From left are Ted Morton; Jim Henry; Teresa Nichols, standing in for Ruby Luckey, who could not make it; Don Woody; Diane McKeethan; Bob Humphreys; and current Mayor Troy Beets.

  • Here’s hoping leaders aim for what benefits all

    All the hand-shaking and footwork has paid off, and the governing bodies of Roane County’s four municipalities are now in place.
    It’s almost like a clean slate — and it’s time for those voted into those positions to prove that their campaign promises were more than lip service to attract votes.
    We trust the new officials will provide fresh insight into the operations of city government. Likewise, we hope those voters returned to their seats live up to the confidence placed in them for another four years.