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    More than 100 people gathered to remember one of the men who lost their lives in the 1929 flood that devastated the city of Harriman.

    The descendants of Robert “Bob” Underwood came together and dedicated a bench at David Webb Riverfront Park in his honor, remembering the man who drowned while taking his team of mules in an attempt to save his neighbors on March 23, 1929.

  • Harriman sales tax referendum moves forward

    Harriman will be getting the ball rolling on a sales tax referendum city officials hope will enable them to tackle more infrastructure projects in the future.

    First reading of an ordinance to start the ball rolling in getting the issue on a ballot is on the agenda for the Harriman City Council’s regular council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 3.

    “It is very important if we want to continue work on infrastructure that we got going on,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

  • County looks to fill Kelley’s seat

    The Roane County Commission is looking to fill the vacant seat in District 4.

    The next regular meeting is April 9. One of the items on the agenda will be an election to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Steve Kelley. He represented the district from Sept. 1, 2010 until his passing on Feb. 21 of this year.

    The April 9 meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at the courthouse in Kingston.

  • Rockwood OK’s $489,000 airport grant

    The Rockwood City Council on Monday approved acceptance of a $489,000 grant to make repairs to the Rockwood Municipal Airport.

    The grant, which requires 5-percent matching funds, will be used for general maintenance and upkeep, according to Councilman and Airport Committee Chairman Jason Jolly.

    “We had our airport engineer come up with a list,” he said.

    Projects to be completed include coating and sealing cracks on the pavement. Bids will be taken on the project and monitored by Atkins Engineering.

  • Stabbed man found at Margrave door

    A Margrave Drive woman found a man at her door suffering a stab wound on Monday.

    Harriman police responded to 104 Margrave Drive on a call that the man, identified as Robert Griffin, just showed up at the door holding his neck, which was bleeding.

    The victim was airlifted to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was taken to surgery.

    “We haven’t been able to talk to the victim. We are hoping in a day or two he’ll be alert and his mind will be clear,” said Police Chief Derek Pacifico.

  • HUB makes history with first woman manager

    Harriman Utility Board approved its first female manager Monday when board members unanimously voted for the hiring of Candace Vannasdale.

    Vannasdale, manager of the gas water and sewer administration and engineering, will start May 1 contingent on approval of the finalization of her contract.

    Lonnie Wright, the Harriman City Council representative on the board, said he is confident she’ll do a great job.

    Chairman Buddy Bowers said he is impressed with Vannasdale’s vision for the future.


    The Roane County Commission could vote in the coming months on how to pay for a $68 million plan that would combine three high schools and shuffle around other schools.

    School officials and Lewis Group Architects revealed the plan to County Commissioners and the public during a work session at Roane State Community College on Tuesday.

    “This isn’t the end,” Commission Chairman Ron Berry said. “This is just the beginning.”

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Local echoes of St. Mary’s, MD, school shooting

    This week, gentle reader, my major topic is of a more restricted interest than usual, in that it addresses my family’s history.

    However, since it necessarily encompasses a goodly portion of the native Roane County population, it may, in fact concern you, gentle reader, for there are so many of you who have in your family tree the Ladd brothers who came to this county and settled early in the second decade of the Nineteenth Century.

  • More suing ash spill contractor

    Another lawsuit has been filed over the TVA ash spill cleanup. This one, which includes more than 100 plaintiffs, was filed in Roane County Circuit Court.

    Jacobs Engineering Group, Rogers Group and EnSafe Engineering Services and EnSafe Inc. are named as defendants.

  • Court: Old toll road not public

    A Chancellor has ruled that Old Stage Road was abandoned decades ago.

    As such, the former 19th-century toll road near the Rhea County line is not a public road, Chancellor Elizabeth C. Asbury’s judgment declared.

    The dispute began when A. Julian Ahler, who owns property accessible by what eventually became a public road, filed suit against property owner Steve Scarborough and his wife Annie.