Great News! Harriman has just been awarded "The Best City to live in" by the Readers of the Roane County News! Thank you!
In the past several years, we have been diligently working on making Harriman a better place for residents as well as making it more attractive for businesses. From our Street and Recreation Department to our Fire and Police Departments, Harriman is strides above the rest when it comes to protecting and serving our citizens.
For instance, here are some reasons why our city stands out:
•Our city sports league program allows youth to participate without incurring any costs to their family(s), we are one of few left in the state that offers this great benefit.
•The Emory golf board has worked diligently to make enhancement/repairs and to increase membership in order to make the golf course a viable recreational resource for the city.
•The Harriman Police Department has actually lowered the offense (crime) rate over 50% while working on a 9% decrease in the budget.
•The Harriman Fire Department has lowered the ISO (insurance rating system) through upgrades in the department which makes our insurance premiums lower.
•The Downtown Urban Renewal and Redevelopment program is underway, which forms and defines the downtown area and sets up guidelines for businesses. It also allows us to hold property owners accountable for the upkeep of their property.
•One of the most important factors to our success has been our citizens. We have enthusiastic volunteers that work on projects such as Cruisin, Ghost Tours, Farmer’s Market, City park enhancements, Labor Day festival, Christmas parade, Christmas Tour of Homes and much more.
In 2010, our Cornstalk Heights neighborhood was named one of America's top 50 places to live because of the beautiful Victorian Homes, crime rate, schools and overall quality of life. With great volunteers, interested citizens and loyal city employees, Harriman has a positive future and I am glad to be a part.
Thank you again for voting us #1 in the county as The Best City to live in!