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  • New ISO could save 7-8% in fire insurance

    The improved ISO fire protection rating in Kingston offers multiple benefits to residents and homeowners.

    The reduction of Kingston’s Insurance Services Office rating from a 4 to a 2 means residents can sleep better knowing they have some of the best fire protection in the state.

    The new rating can also mean discounts on fire protection insurance, said Johnny Griffin, president of Griffin Insurance Agency in Kingston.

  • Five-year plan includes goals for Watkins evaluation

    The Roane County Board of Education has a “Director Evaluation Committee” that met last week and discussed a five-year plan for the school system. That plan could include goals that might be used to evaluate Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins.

  • Pair of juvenile boys arrested for setting home ablaze

    Two juveniles are accused of setting an empty Harriman Housing Authority home on fire early Monday morning.

    The house fire was at 1738 Bennett Circle.

    “We’ll be placing charges against them,” said Harriman Police Chief Kenneth Humphrey.

    A Harriman Police Department press release said Detectives Sgt. Kent Warren and Brian Turner apprehended the two boys responsible for the fire later on Monday.

    Detectives received a tip from the former tenant of the home who told them the youths had been at the home the previous night.

  • WHEEL TAX ON BALLOT

    Roane County voters could head to the polls in November to decide whether the county will implement a $50 wheel tax to help fund the Board of Education’s $68 million school building plan, the County Commission decided on Monday.

    For many Commissioners, putting the wheel tax on the ballot is a way to ensure voters have a say in the controversial $68 million plan.

  • Kelley's widow to complete husband's Commission term

    Roane County Commission voted Monday to allow the late Steve Kelley's widow to serve the remainder of his District 4 Commission term.

    Renee Kelley was sworn in during a 10-minute break and sat with the Commission afterward.

    She will serve until Aug. 31 in the seat her late husband held for almost two terms. That's when Steve Kelley's term expires; Renee Kelley is not seeking the seat in the Aug. 2 election.

  • Wheel tax ballot to be decided today

    Roane County Commission Chairman Ron Berry doesn’t sound like a fan of the wheel tax resolution on the agenda for the May 14 Commission meeting.

    “I don’t know why we would be putting a resolution in when we’ve not talked about anything,” Berry said. “It’s sort of putting the cart before the horse.”

    The wheel tax resolution was submitted by District 2 Commissioners Randy Ellis, Greg Ferguson and Junior Hendrickson. It calls for a referendum to be held on the wheel tax on Nov. 6.

  • Harriman ponders advisory boards

    Harriman officials will be discussing the possibility of creating advisory committees for the city’s police and fire departments.

    Councilman Lonnie Wright asked that the issue be a topic at Tuesday’s workshop, which follows the regularly scheduled Council meeting at 6 p.m.

    “These would be strictly advisory,” Wright said. “The management of these departments would remain the same.”

    Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey and Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels spoke in favor of it.

  • Hooks next up for budget appointment

    After striking out in March, Roane County Executive Ron Woody will try again to fill a vacancy on the Budget Committee.

    This time he’s asking the Roane County Commission to confirm the appointment of District 5 Commissioner Mike Hooks to the committee.

    “I think Mike would be a good choice,” Woody said.

    A vacancy on the Commission and budget committee was created when District 4 Commissioner Steve Kelley passed away in February.

  • HUB’s sewer system earns EPA kudos

    From staff reports

    Harriman Utility Board’s wastewater treatment is getting recognition for its ability to go above and beyond what the plant is designed to do.

    The utility is not designed for nutrient removal but is able to do so through some low- to no-cost operational changes, and officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies are taking note.

  • $377 taken in pry-and-grab

    Walmart was the victim of a pry-and-grab theft last week.

    According to a Rockwood Police Department report, a black male and female entered the store through the garden side and headed straight to the sporting goods section.

    “Once there, the male took a short pry bar and pried open a cash drawer at the register,” the report said. “He took about $377.38 in cash and left.”

    The suspects were spotted getting into a silver car parked near the garden center.