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Today's News

  • November city races heating up

    It’s election season — but it’s not the county’s August races that are grabbing attention in three Roane County towns.

    November is looking to be the election time to watch. Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood all have mayoral races on the ballot.

    Rockwood voters will elect a new mayor in the fall. The city’s term limits prohibit incumbent Mayor James Watts from seeking re-election.

  • Polk Salad Festival back this weekend

    The Tennessee Polk Salad Festival was first started by David Webb with a country-fair atmosphere that celebrated the simplest of poor-man’s country food, the polk salad.

    After a yearlong hiatus, the festival has been picked up by the Roane County Arts Council, which is expanding on the original theme to incorporate a celebration of Appalachian foods and culture with other arts and activities.

    The festival will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. June 14 at Harriman’s David Webb Riverside Park.

  • Get creative, help others at Project Linus fest exhibit

    This year’s Tennessee Polk Salad Festival promises to offer plenty of fun times, but it also gives attendants a chance to give back in an artful way.

    Sticking with the theme of the arts, organizers are providing quilt squares in festive designs for festival goers to color.

    The quilt squares will go toward Project Linus, a nonprofit organization that provides new, handmade blankets and afghans for children who are ill or in need.

    Anyone can volunteer to make quilts for donation to Project Linus.

  • Final vote on Kingston budget set for Tuesday

    Kingston City Council members agreed at last week’s work session to put a tight, tidy budget on the agenda for its June 10 full council session for a second and final reading.

    The June 3 work session also saw council set a public hearing on the proposed budget — necessary by state law — for 6:45 on June 10.

    The meeting itself begins at 7 p.m.

    The proposed budget was approved on first reading last month.

    At just more than $5.4 million, it stands at about $100,000 less than the budget for the 2013-14 fiscal year.

  • Harriman leaders to mull charter changes

    Harriman City Council will consider final passage of proposed changes to the Harriman City Charter during its regular meeting Tuesday.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    The Tennessee General Assembly approved the charter changes in late May.

    The charter changes include establishing a city manager position.

    The changes also make the city’s chief finance officer, city judge and attorney Council appointments.

    Presently, all are elected by city voters during the Harriman mayoral elections.

  • Farmers market now open for 2014 season

    Harriman’s farmers market is now open for the growing season.

    The market, which officially opened last weekend, features fresh produce and from 8 a.m. to noon (or sellout) each Saturday, and from 3 to 6 p.m. each Wednesday.

    “This is a true farmers market,” Harriman Councilman Ken Mynatt said. “People selling at this market are selling stuff they have grown. This is all Tennessee produce.”

    Margaret Jones is a regular that loves the camaraderie and good food.

  • Flipped truck stalls traffic

    Traffic was at a standstill on Interstate 40 in West Roane County when a tractor trailer carrying pet supplies overturned last week. The tractor trailer stretched out across all eastbound lanes of traffic at mile marker 341 and stalled traffic from the afternoon into the evening. The driver was sent to Roane Medical for minor injuries, and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

  • Good food — and lots of it — at Farmers Family Restaurant

    On my trips to the Tupelo, Miss., Furniture Market, my wife, Carol, and I plan ahead for a lunch stop in Dickson at Farmers Family Restaurant.

    “Fresh Country Cooking Buffet Style At Its Best” is its motto.

    It is — and for such a bargain price, you’ll wonder what the catch is. You can’t have a carry-out box for leftovers.

    On a recent Mississippi furniture trip, our South Knoxville furniture friends, Mickey and Jerry Pease, rode with us.

  • Jobless rate down statewide

    All of Tennessee’s 95 counties reported decreased unemployment rates in April, according to figures released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

    Roane County, the state and national jobless rates were 5.9 percent in April.

    For the county, that’s a decrease of 1.1 percent.

    Tennessee’s unemployment rate was down by 1.2 percent from March, and the U.S. rate was down by 0.9 percent.

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