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  • Convicted child rapist wants new trial

    A convicted rapist is seeking judicial relief in Roane County Criminal Court.

    A jury found John Paul Little guilty on four counts of child rape last December.

    “It was pretty bad what he did,” Assistant District Attorney General Bob Edwards said.

    In March of this year, Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks sentenced Little to 120 years in state prison.

    Little has a hearing scheduled in criminal court on Nov. 20, where he could ask Wicks to set aside his sentence or request a new trial.

  • Meet those who protect and serve in Harriman

    The community has the chance to meet the members of the Harriman Police Department at an open house on Thursday, Nov. 16.

    The open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Police Chief Derek Pacifico at 6:30 p.m.

    In addition to meeting staff, the community can see the newest patrol cars and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Harriman Police Department.

    Light snacks and beverages will be provided by local donations from the community.

  • Altrusa Club opens grant cycle

    The Altrusa Club of Oak Ridge Foundation and Breakfast Rotary Club of Oak Ridge Foundation are once again seeking applications for grants for projects, programs, and activities that foster literacy in Oak Ridge, and Anderson and Roane Counties during 2018.

    Applications may be requested by emailing Lunch4LiteracyGrants@gmail.com.

    The deadline for electronic submission is Wednesday, Dec. 6.

    Selections and notifications will be made by Feb. 1, 2018, and the period of performance ends Dec. 31, 2018.

  • Let’s go play at Riverfront today!
  • Kingston Public Library offers technology class

    Kingston Public Library will have a free technology class beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the library at 1004 Bradford Way.

    Personnel will be available to assist and answer questions about using smart phones, tablets, iPads, Kindles or specific software.

    Those attending are asked to bring their device to the class; anyone with computer questions may use one of the laptops available at the library.

    The class is open to all skill levels. Call 376-9905 for details.

  • Walmsleys continue giving back with services for veterans in need

    For many veterans it is a struggle to meet basic needs. One Kingston business is hoping to address one of those most essential needs this November.

    Kingston dentist James Walmsley and his staff want to help 25 veterans or active service members with free dental treatments.

    “The first 25 veterans or active service members who contact our office we are offering free exams, x-rays and extractions or free exams, x-rays and a cleaning,” said Shannon Walmsley, James’ office manager and wife.

  • Car accident causes outage in Harriman

    From staff reports

    Much of Harriman was left without power for part of Thursday evening after a car wreck near the Harriman Baptist Tabernacle around 9 p.m.

    The car, which is believed to have been occupied by juveniles, ended up in a grassy area next to the church with a utility pole on top of it.

    A nearby guardrail also was damaged.

  • Midtown choir finds furry friends

    The sounds of music silenced the din of barking dogs at the Roane County Animal Shelter recently, as the peaceful songs settled the anxious pooches.

    Midtown Elementary School’s choir performed a number of tender melodies for the animals in an effort to soothe those who are in dire need of a home. They also gave big, donating items for the shelter.

    “We received over 600 items from their donation drive. We received blankets, cleaning supplies, toys, dog and kitty food and kitty litter,” said interim director Stacey Vance McElhaney.

  • Rockwood nets drugs, cash in stop

    A Rockwood man is facing drug charges after police allegedly caught him with meth, pills and marijuana during a traffic stop on Nov. 6.

    Timothy Joe Taylor, 47, is charged with manufacture, delivery, sell of schedule drugs and simple possession or casual exchange.

    According to the report, Rockwood Police Officer Randy Heidle spotted Taylor driving erratically on Wilder Ave. in a black Ford Expedition. Heidle said when he ran the vehicle registration, it came back to a Red Dodge.

  • Opportunities to honor area veterans

    There are plenty of opportunities this Veterans Day to honor those who served.

    This Saturday, Nov. 11, the South Harriman Alumni and Friends will offer free coffee and doughnuts to honor all veterans from 9 to 11 a.m. at the site of the old South Harriman High School (now occupied by Dollar General Market) as a way to thank veterans for their service.

    Harriman American Legion Post 53 will have a Veterans Day service at 11 a.m. in the veterans’ plaza at David Webb Riverfront Park in Harriman.