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Today's News

  • Harriman Happenings June 9

    Our deepest sympathy is extended to the families of Jadah Gallaher and Roderick Drummond, who lost their lives due to an accident.

    There are a lot of prayers from concerned people.

    Jadah is the daughter of the Rev. Willie and Sister Missy Gallaher.

    Rod, as we call him, was a wonderful young man. He came from a Christian home.

    They will be missed. Let’s continue to lift both families in prayer.

    Get-well wishes to Darius Gallaher and Hunter Crass, who were hurt in the train and car accident.

  • Donate blood, get a free movie pass

    Medic Regional Blood Center has a special offer for all donors who give blood on June 11-12.

    Anyone who donates on those days will receive one free Regal Cinema movie pass that has no expiration date.

    This special incentive is designed to help boost the inventory during the slow summer season, said Christi Fightmaster of Medic’s public relations.

    “We are happy to have this opportunity to offer something that our donors really appreciate,” she said.

  • Sewage plant changes will improve things for STEP users

    Kingston water board members have created steps for STEPs — and now city sewage customers can feel a little better about waste.

    A few years ago, having upgraded its wastewater treatment plant, the city of Kingston placed a moratorium on so-called STEP, or septic tank effluent pumping systems, because the plant lacked a receiving station to dispose of the waste from those systems.

    Now, with the recent wastewater facility expansion, Kingston has a receiving station. 

  • Church mouse prompts book

    Myra Humphrey heard a story that needed to be told when she learned the tale of how a mouse once got into the organ at Kingston First Baptist Church. 

    “The thought came to me ― had to be from God ― that the story is yours to write. My feeling was where did that come from? I’ve never written a children’s book. I came home. I put it on paper. My daughter (Melanie Scott) is a good artist, so I asked her about doing some illustrations for the book, which she did,” Humphrey said. 

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ad says vote NO on the Taliban amendment!

    Gentle reader, if you are like us, you have never before heard of “Tennesseans for Preservation of Personal Privacy, Inc.,”  but we stand in awe of their “maiden” advertising effort against Proposed Amendment 1, to be voted upon in the November general election. 

    In case you missed it, the ad we refer to ran on page 15A of the Knoxville News Sentinel dated Sunday, 25 May, 2014, in which it takes up three-quarters of the page. 

  • Rockwood mayor says proposed new budget free of surprises

    Rockwood will be considering final passage of a fiscal year 2015 budget that includes a 5-cent property tax increase at its meeting Monday, June 9, at 6 p.m. 

    The property tax proposal would raise taxes from 95 cents per $100 valuation to $1 per $100 valuation. Other than that and a 2 percent raise for city employees, Mayor James Watts said there are few big items that a future administration would have to deal with.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Proposed new superhero may surprise you

    I’m happy to report I got all of my tomatoes — 14 plants’ worth — in the ground before Memorial Day this year. 

    I can’t remember all of their names, but I made acquaintance with Mr. Stripey, Yellow Pear and Cherokee Purple among the heirloom varieties, and Yellow, Big and Better Boys among the hybrids. 

    With all of these plants, I hope to show something for my effort come harvest time.

  • United Way director familiar to many

    Dina Jackson has tackled grants and other projects while working for Harriman, but she’ll soon be leaving the city to take on a new role. 

    Jackson was named the new director of the Roane County United Way this week.

  • Schools again seek tax hike

    School system business manager Eric Harbin told the Roane County Commission’s Budget Committee to expect a request for a 9-cent increase in the property tax rate.  

    “We’re still pretty much in the same spot as we were last year,” Harbin told the committee on May 27. 

    Last year, the Roane County Board of Education requested a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate. 

  • THP sobriety, safety checkpoints slated

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol is planning to conduct sobriety and safety checkpoints on Roane County roads in June.

    A sobriety roadside safety checkpoint is planned for the week of June 8 on Hwy. 328 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

    A driver license roadside safety checkpoint will be on the week of June 15 on Hwy. 70 at Caney Creek Road.

    During the driver license checkpoint, troopers will concentrate their efforts on vehicles operated by drivers who violate the driver license laws of Tennessee.