Local News

  • State tomato-growers to discuss former association

    Tennessee tomato growers have the opportunity to help build a foundation for their industry’s future at a number of meetings across the state.
    The Tennessee Department of Agriculture has been granted federal funds to launch the Tennessee Tomato Initiative.
    The goal of the initiative is to provide growers necessary information to determine if a grower-owned organization can increase national recognition and markets for Tennessee tomatoes. The growers will decide by vote in May.

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  • Medical transport may locate at airport

    Air transport for medical help might be closer for some Roane County residents — particularly some in West Roane County.

    Rockwood City Council passed a resolution allowing Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller to execute a two-year ground lease with Med-Trans Air Medical Transport allowing it to place a modular building on a portion of the Rockwood Municipal Airport property for crew, pilots and maintenance for air medical transport services in Roane and surrounding counties.

  • Harriman officials hope for home run on new fencing

    Harriman officials will be ready to go if the Roane County Economic Development Foundation approves the replacement of the city’s ballfield fences.

    It’s one of Harriman’s proposed public image repair projects, and the city is bidding out replacing the fences so they’ll be ready to vote on it in their May Council meeting.

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said he had heard the Roane County Economic Development Foundation plans to meet May 5.

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  • Duff provides shot in the arm
  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Remembering Nelle Alkire Ward, Part Three

    As promised, I now return to my recollections of Mrs. Harvey Ward, nee Nelle Alkire. In Part One I wrote of her early history, her becoming a nurse, her meeting and marrying Mr. Ward, and her many interests, pursuits and hobbies. In Part Two I told of her experience in the timbering business; her retention of her rights to her pottery clay deposits on the Oak Ridge Reservation; her various experiences at the old home place and concluded with reference to her skills as a plants-woman; from that point I will continue with her story:

  • 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.