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  • Paper mill cleanup creates opportunities in Harriman

    All sorts of possibilities may be opened up for the community when the paper mill site in Harriman is cleaned up.

    Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and with MeadWestvaco, formerly the Mead Corp., which owned the property, approached the Harriman City Council last week.

    EPA official Scott Miller said after the cleanup, the property should be fine for recreational use.

  • Dumping incident may draw charges

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said his department may bring criminal charges against the people responsible for dumping gray sludge that ended up in Watts Bar Lake.

    “The one we found closest to covering what has happened is aggravated criminal littering,” he said.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is working with local officials as they look into what happened. No one had been charged as of press time Thursday.

  • NAACP speaker offers involvement tips

    Rockwood native Jennifer Hill said she knew immediately what she would talk about when Roane County NAACP President Joe Eskridge asked her to speak at the organization’s Jan. 17 Freedom Fund Banquet.

    “Activism through social media,” she said.

    Hill was one of two people to give an address at the event, which was held at Roane State Community College. The other was Gloria Jean Sweet-Love, a native of Fayette County and president of the Tennessee NAACP Conference. The theme of her speech was living for a cause greater than yourself.

  • Railroad crash survivors sue

    Survivors and the family of those who died when a car was hit by a train near Harriman are suing Norfolk Southern Railway Co., Norfolk Southern Corp. and three railroad employees.

    The suit alleges the railroad failed to provide adequate audible and visual warning of an oncoming train at the crossing on Mountain View Road, where two young people died last May and two others were injured.

    Darius Gallaher, a former Roane State Raider basketball player, was driving a 2000 Nissan Maxima through the crossing when it was struck by the train.

  • State questions county budget

    The state has concerns about Roane County’s budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year. Sandra Thompson, director of the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s Office of State and Local Finance, outlined the worries in a letter to Roane County Executive Ron Woody on Nov. 24.

    “The county’s fiscal year 2015 budget projects the Ambulance Service Fund, County Road Fund and General Purpose School Fund to close the year with fund balances that cover less than one month’s average expenditures,” Thompson wrote.

  • City Hall cameras help catch thief

    Rockwood police arrested a man earlier this month for allegedly breaking into city hall.

    They also took note of his persistence.

    Suspect Dustin Scarborough, 32, is charged with vandalism, theft and aggravated burglary.

    According to the arrest warrant, police were dispatched to city hall on Jan. 3 about a window that had been pried open.

  • Harriman lawyer loses license

    The Tennessee Supreme Court has disbarred Harriman attorney Kent Booher.

    The Board of Professional Responsibility, which oversees the conduct of attorneys for the court, announced the punishment last week.

    In September, Booher pleaded guilty to two counts of statutory rape in Loudon County Criminal Court. He was suspended by the Supreme Court on Oct. 7.

  • Kingston aims for ‘Christmas every day’

    Kingston’s Public Works made Christmas a little merrier this year.

    The city department gathered bicycles from the community, including a donation from the Harriman Police Department, and dispensed them to area children in need.

    They gave out more than 60 bicycles.

  • Truck driver dies in accident

    Timothy W. Seaman, a 49-year-old Rock Island, Tenn., man, was killed in a tractor-trailer wreck on Harriman Highway Friday afternoon.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Seaman was hauling wooden posts, and his 2006 Freightliner was the only vehicle involved in the wreck.

    A woman called 911 to report the accident at 12:16 p.m. Trooper Anthony Lay investigated the crash for the THP.

    According to the report, Seaman was traveling north on Harriman Highway when he ran off the road and struck a utility pole.

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