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Today's News

  • TAXES GOING UP IN KINGSTON

    Kingston City Council on Tuesday passed on first reading a 2019-2020 budget that will require a 17-cent property tax increase.

    The new tax rate of $1.62 per $100 of assessed value will mean that a taxpayer with a house valued at $100,000 will now pay about $42 more each year.

    The budget passed on a 5-2 vote with council members Tara Stockton, Stephanie Wright, Randy Childs, Rebekah Humphreys and Mayor Tim Neal voting for the budget.

    Councilwoman Stockton made the motion to put the budget to a vote.

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  • SOR murder case heads to grand jury

    The murder case against a South of the River woman is moving forward.

    Jenny Michelle Parton is accused of shooting her boyfriend, Robert Rosado III, to death with a 12-gauge shotgun.

    The shooting occurred at a residence the two shared.

    The case was investigated by the Roane County Sheriff’s Office.

    “It was our opinion that the fatal round was fired from the porch area with the decedent being at the corner of the residence,” Detective Art Wolff testified during Parton’s preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

  • Harriman splash pad construction may start soon

    By Richard Evans

    Work on the long-awaited splash pad for the city of Harriman could begin soon.

    “We’re hopeful we’re very close to getting a contract on the Local Parks and Recreation Fund grant,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    During the Harriman City Council meeting Tuesday evening, Helms said there have been a great deal of messages back and forth between he and the Tennessee Department of Transportation concerning the grant.

  • Some Harriman residents to have outage June 22

    By Richard Evans

    Some Harriman Utility Board customers will experience a planned power outage Saturday, June 22.

    The outage, which should last about six hours, is scheduled to start between 11:30 p.m. and midnight, said Candace Vannasdale, general manager of HUB.

    “It’s going to affect a large portion of our electric system,” she said.

    Vannasdale said the outage is necessary to allow crews to replace part of the system.

  • South Gate Masonic Lodge holds car show

    South Gate Masonic Lodge 569, at 1306 Ruritan Road, Harriman, will hold its Sunrise Car and Motorcycle Show beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 15.

    Entry deadline is 10 a.m. Trophies will be awarded for the top 20 cars and top three motorcycles.

    All you can eat breakfast will be $7, and proceeds go to the lodge’s community service projects. For more information, call Melvin Marlow at 680-3404 or Terry Ward at 604-8969.

  • Green Wave set for football cookout

    The Midway Green Wave football team is hosting a cookout Thursday evening at the Midway High School football field.
    Start time for the event is at 7 pm.
    The event is open to players and parents as well as Midway High School students and their parents interested in coming out and meeting new head coach Ron Treadway as well as joining the team.
    Eveyone is encouraged to attend and everyone is welcome.

  • That’s no whale, that’s a catfish

    Mike Pennington recently caught a spoonbill catfish that weighed 30 pounds. He and his fishing partner, Jackie McBride, were fishing at Caney Creek when he landed the fish.

  • Midway names new football coach

    The Midway Green Wave have named Ron Treadway as the new football head coach and with summer practices just around the corner, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

    After meeting with the coaching staff at Midway earlier and then with the team Monday evening, Treadway set the groundwork for what he wants to do as the coach as well as get a feel for the expectations.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: Why do we have to have tax increases?

    By Ron Woody

    Most everyone complains about a tax increase whether it be property tax, sales tax, income tax, or any other form of taxation. People also complain about the lack of, or poor service they receive from their government agencies.

    Is there waste in our government? The answer is yes. Is there waste in your household or business budget? I would say yes.

    I’m not writing this article to advocate a tax increase, but I’m writing to help explain in a broad aspect why some of our taxes and even fees for services increase.