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  • Proposed tax hike less than schools had sought

    The Roane County Budget Committee voted to recommend a property tax rate increase for education on Tuesday, but it wasn’t the amount school officials were looking for.

    The Roane County Board of Education had requested a 29-cent increase in the property tax rate. The committee only approved an additional 20 cents.

    “We’re going to do everything we can to keep the programs that we have,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said following the meeting.

  • No increase in sheriff’s budget

    Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton’s proposed budget offers no raises and has nothing extra for additional employees, but he’s not complaining.

    “I’m just thankful that we’re able to continue the way we are without asking for more money,” Stockton said.

    Stockton’s proposed budget, which was approved by the county’s budget committee on Monday, also doesn’t require an increase in the property tax rate to fund.

  • Harriman seeking PR help

    Things have grown so busy in Harriman that officials may seek a new employee to help keep up.

    Harriman City Council members want to hire a special events and public relations coordinator this coming fiscal year to promote the city and its activities.

    “It could be a big position if it is done right,” said Councilman Wayne Best.

    Mayor Chris Mason said the person would probably be so busy on weekends it might not appeal to someone with a family, but students and other young people might not mind the topsy-turvy schedule.

  • Wondering what you might owe in property taxes?

    it until later this year to get an idea of what their post-reappraisal property tax bill will look like.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said a new tool on the county’s website can help property owners figure it out before the bill arrives in the mail.

  • Man answers door with syringe in ear

    Meth labs and materials were reportedly found at a home on Black Jack Road recently.

    Three men inside the home were decontaminated, but no arrests were made.

    “The three suspects were allowed to leave, and charges are pending after further investigation,” the report on the incident said.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy John Mayes, a certified meth tech, was the reporting officer.

    His report said a tip about meth activity led authorities to 622 Black Jack Road on April 18.

  • A helping hand
  • Short-lived canine ambassador will be missed

    Lucy the dachshund made friends everywhere she went — from sedate nursing home visits to more boisterous motorcyle rally fundraisers.

    Daniel Hejny no longer gets to take his beloved 7-year-old pet on such outings anymore. She died on April 21 after falling ill at home in recent weeks.

    “Lucy was the best girl,” said Hejny, a Harriman resident.

    Although small in stature (journalist H.L. Mencken famously remarked that the breed is “a half-dog high and a dog-and-a-half long), Lucy had a big impact on many she met.


    Grammy-winning Southern blues rockers The Kentucky Headhunters will perform at the Princess Theatre in Harriman on Saturday, May 30.

    Tickets are $25 and include two opening acts for a show promoters are calling Thunder on the Mountain.

    They are celebrating the upcoming June 2 release of Meet Me In Bluesland, their previously unissued 2003 recording with their friend, the late, legendary pianist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Johnnie Johnson.

  • Richard Evans to be honored with 5K race

    Longtime Kingston attorney Richard K. Evans loyally served on the CASA of the 9th District board.

    For all he has done, this year’s Run for the Child 5k run/walk —Saturday morning at Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus — is being dedicated in his honor.

    Evans was an integral part of the CASA financial committee as the organization, which serves abused and neglected children in Roane, Morgan and Loudon counties, was in its formative years.

  • Finishing touches