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  • Tax rate staying same in Rockwood

    Rockwood property owners won’t pay an increase in taxes this fiscal year.

    Rockwood City Council approved their final reading of the fiscal year 2018-19 budget on Monday.

    “We were able to keep the tax rate the same, which is very, very important,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The $7.2 million budget doesn’t include much in the way of capital projects, but the city hopes to be tackling some road paving this year, with paving set to begin by the end of this month and continuing into July.

  • Firefighters spruce up park memorial

    Progress is steadily being made on the Harriman Fire Department memorial at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “I want something that is really going to honor them. After we get it completed it will be nice,” said Chief Brad Daniels of the memorial to honor those who died at the department.

    The memorial includes the names of James Brown, James Lawson and Gene Schubert.

    “The biggest thing right now is finding a piece for the top,” Daniels said.

  • Alleged altercation attracts police attention, results in drug charges

    From staff reports

    A traffic stop initiated by Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey late last month netted drugs and led to the arrest of a man and woman.

    Around 9:30 p.m. May 31, Humphrey saw a man and woman in a black Nissan Maxima who appeared to be in a physical altercation. Humphrey stopped the vehicle before calling for backup.

    Officer Jeff Coffey found both occupants making odd movements and unable to sit still.

  • Leah Watkins’ Letter of Resignation

    June 14, 2018

    Dear Roane County Board of Education:

  • Study to show leaders ways old hospital could be city offices

    Harriman officials will meet with the company who created a feasibility study for the use of the former Harriman Hospital location at a workshop Tuesday.

    The workshops follow at the conclusion of the Harriman City Council meeting at 6 p.m. LawlerWood was hired to create a proposal to show how the city could use the facility for city departments, including administration, police and fire and recreational use.

    “They will review the layouts, try to answer any questions people may have …” City Manager Kevin Helms said.

  • Road committee’s bumpy ride may soon be in the past

    Roane County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said he’s planning to ask Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson if he’ll consider returning to Road Committee meetings.

    “We have talked,” said Hendrickson, who is chairman of the committee. “It wasn’t in that direction, but I hope to soon.”

    Ferguson had a falling out with the committee, and his department stopped attending meetings. He seemed receptive to the idea of returning when told of Hendrickson’s intention to offer an olive branch.

  • Teen charged in Weigel’s shooting charged as adult

    The teen accused in a March shooting at the Weigel’s gas station on Gallaher Road had his case transferred to adult court last week.

    With that also came a trip to adult jail.

    Isaac Deandre Armes, 16, was booked into the Roane County Jail on June 11 on charges of attempted murder and prohibited weapons.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said they already had two juveniles in custody on an unrelated case and were concerned about housing three of them together.

  • City leaders head to streets

    The first of several community meetings in Harriman neighborhoods will take place this week.

    The meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Blessed Sacrament Church, 535 Margrave Drive.

    Mayor Wayne Best said Harriman leaders want residents involved in every aspect of government.

    “We are trying to bring their government back to them,” he said.

    The open-house format will enable residents to come and go as they please.

  • Humphrey on track to be Harriman police chief

    Harriman may name acting police chief Kenny Humphrey as the official police chief this week.

    Restructuring the police department is among the agenda items for the 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, meeting.

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