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Today's News

  • County may cut tourism funds

    Funding for tourism was a topic during Tuesday’s public hearing and work session on the county budget.

    The majority of those who spoke during the hearing addressed issues with how much money the county is planning to allocate to tourism in the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Harriman facing $17M hospital question

    Harriman officials got sticker shock when they learned about the potential cost of renovating the old Harriman Hospital for use as a city municipal building.

    Broken down into three phases, the total cost would be around $17 million if everything were done with the three sections, including building an area with bays for the fire department in phase 2.

    “We are either going to keep it and fix it or tear it down and be done with it,” said Mayor Wayne Best.

    The key, he said, is deciding what would be best for the city of Harriman.

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  • New police chief named

    Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey was officially voted in as the chief at Tuesday’s Harriman City Council meeting.

    The former assistant chief has been acting chief since the resignation of Chief Derek Pacifico.

    “I think he’s paid his dues …” said Councilman Lonnie Wright.

    Since taking office city officials have been happy with Humphrey’s approach to the drug problem.

  • Road workers still on track for 5% pay raise

    Concerned about their 5 percent raise, employees with the Roane County Road Department showed up in force at Tuesday’s public hearing on the county’s 2018-19 budget.

    “They were just concerned that they would try to take their raise out,” Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson said. “They wanted to come in case it came up and let them know they wanted their raise.”

  • PEDALING PARADE

    A group of 23 bicyclists and their support crew passed through Roane County along Hwy. 70 through Kingston and into Midtown Thursday afternoon.

    It was part of a trek across the country, in the hopes of raising funds for the Ulman Cancer Fund.

    The bicyclists started in Baltimore on June 3 and are one of three bicycle teams traversing the country.

    This team’s destination is San Francisco. The other two teams are pedaling to Portland and Seattle.

    They all are hoping to get to their destinations by Aug. 11.

  • Shooting may have been self defense

    A shooting on Post Oak Valley Road that sent one man to the hospital may have been a case of self defense.

    “You have a right to protect yourself in your home,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The incident happened on Friday around 11:45 p.m. According to Stockton, Grant McNeal was at his home when Evan Gardner came over and kicked his door in.

  • Wireless internet access coming to rural Roane areas

    Residents and small businesses in parts of Roane County, including Rockwood and Ten Mile will soon have access to fixed wireless internet service.

    Fixed wireless internet service delivers download speeds of at least 10 megabits per second and upload speeds of at least 1 Mbps using a wireless tower transmitting to a fixed antenna on a customer’s home or business.

    “I am glad to see the innovative approach by private industry to help close the remaining connectivity gap,” said Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

  • SPILL ON ‘THE CURVE’
  • Kingston rejects 5% water rate hike

    In a special called meeting Monday, Kingston City Council declined to approve an amendment to the Water and Sewer Department’s 2018 budget that would have increased rates by 5 percent.

    A motion and second were made to approve the water budget as submitted, with the increase intact. That concerned Councilmember Stephanie Wright.

    “I don’t think the public was fully aware of the rate increase,” said Wright. She made a motion to amend the budget by eliminating the 5-percent increase.

    The motion passed unanimously.