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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Tax rate staying same in Rockwood

    Rockwood property owners won’t pay an increase in taxes this fiscal year.

    Rockwood City Council approved their final reading of the fiscal year 2018-19 budget on Monday.

    “We were able to keep the tax rate the same, which is very, very important,” said Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

    The $7.2 million budget doesn’t include much in the way of capital projects, but the city hopes to be tackling some road paving this year, with paving set to begin by the end of this month and continuing into July.

  • Guest Column: Tax hikes easy but harmful

    By Tyler Overstreet

    For Roane County News

    In my opinion, having a conversation about major school construction prior to well-designed academic programming geared toward 2022 and beyond is like putting the cart before the horse in light of REFUSING to first discuss the significant monetary savings to all taxpayers if Roane County (city and county) were to consolidate and merge existing services that are currently duplicated in each township.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Founders didn’t trust We the People

    Last week’s resignation of Roane County Schools Director Leah Watkins will no doubt impact our county’s ongoing school debate. But it also offers a useful reminder.

    Unexpected events have often made those who “learn from history” appear foolish.

    Consider, for example, the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor or the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Both undermined attempts to learn from more remote past experiences, and gave rise to policies that would previously have been unimaginable.

  • Firefighters spruce up park memorial

    Progress is steadily being made on the Harriman Fire Department memorial at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    “I want something that is really going to honor them. After we get it completed it will be nice,” said Chief Brad Daniels of the memorial to honor those who died at the department.

    The memorial includes the names of James Brown, James Lawson and Gene Schubert.

    “The biggest thing right now is finding a piece for the top,” Daniels said.

  • Alleged altercation attracts police attention, results in drug charges

    From staff reports

    A traffic stop initiated by Harriman Police Chief Kenny Humphrey late last month netted drugs and led to the arrest of a man and woman.

    Around 9:30 p.m. May 31, Humphrey saw a man and woman in a black Nissan Maxima who appeared to be in a physical altercation. Humphrey stopped the vehicle before calling for backup.

    Officer Jeff Coffey found both occupants making odd movements and unable to sit still.

  • Dixie Youth 7-8 tourney recap

    The Dixie Youth post season kicked off this past weekend.

    The 7-8 year old tournament double elimination tournament at Cherokee Middle School saw the all-star teams from Rockwood, Kingston, Harriman, and Campbell squared off for a berth in the state tournament in Fairview.

    The Kingston All-Stars emerged as champions this past week with a perfect record in the tournament.

    “The boys came out and they were ready,” Kingston Coach Anthony Lane said.

    Kingston 13, Campbell County 0

  • Leah Watkins’ Letter of Resignation

    June 14, 2018

    Dear Roane County Board of Education:

  • Study to show leaders ways old hospital could be city offices

    Harriman officials will meet with the company who created a feasibility study for the use of the former Harriman Hospital location at a workshop Tuesday.

    The workshops follow at the conclusion of the Harriman City Council meeting at 6 p.m. LawlerWood was hired to create a proposal to show how the city could use the facility for city departments, including administration, police and fire and recreational use.

    “They will review the layouts, try to answer any questions people may have …” City Manager Kevin Helms said.

  • Road committee’s bumpy ride may soon be in the past

    Roane County Commissioner Junior Hendrickson said he’s planning to ask Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson if he’ll consider returning to Road Committee meetings.

    “We have talked,” said Hendrickson, who is chairman of the committee. “It wasn’t in that direction, but I hope to soon.”

    Ferguson had a falling out with the committee, and his department stopped attending meetings. He seemed receptive to the idea of returning when told of Hendrickson’s intention to offer an olive branch.