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  • OES employee indicted for theft

    A former fire captain with the Roane County Office of Emergency Services is accused of stealing county property.

    John “Shorty” Rayburn, 42, faces one count of theft of property from $10,000 to $60,000.

    He was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 19.

  • Harriman fire chief resigns

    Brad Goss has stepped down from his post as Harriman fire chief.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms met with several people, including Goss, on Monday, after several complaints were lodged against Goss last week.

    “I think we both agreed at that time probably new leadership at the department is the direction we need to go,” Helms said.

    “It was an extremely difficult decision.”

    Goss worked several years for the department. He was assistant chief before he was appointed chief in 2009.

  • ‘He was Operation REACH’

    Bobby Collier founded Operation REACH 40 years ago, and since that time thousands of less fortunate children in Roane County have benefited.

    Collier passed away last month, but the organization he loved so much lives on.

    Last Friday, students at Roane County High School honored Collier with a Memory Walk and fundraiser to benefit the program.

  • Harriman dogged by roaming canines

    Harriman officials are receiving complaints about dogs running free in neighborhoods.

    Councilman Ken Mynatt said his ears are beginning to burn from the number of complaints about dogs running loose in neighborhoods like Pine Hills.

    “We are going to start having to enforce these leash laws,” said Mynatt.

    Mynatt asked if he could have extra animal control patrol in areas of complaint.

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  • Downtown Roane Street to fully reopen in Harriman

    The closed lanes of Roane Street in downtown Harriman are expected be reopened Thursday.

    "We have been given information that all lanes of travel will be open by late Thursday, weather permitting," said Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms.

    The lanes closest to the former Miller & Brewer department store building site have been closed ever since a Jan. 8 fire gutted the old department store.

    Roane County government, which acquired the buildings on that block in a back-tax sale, was responsible for the demolition of the buildings.

  • Schools’ FluMist on back order

    Roane County Schools has been forced to delay its FluMist vaccinations it offers to students.

    According to the school system, it may be as late as January 2016 before the system can offer the nasal-spray form of the flu vaccine due to a manufacturer shortage.

    “The Health Department has been told that they will receive a 6-percent supply in the beginning of November, a 6-percent supply by the end of November, and a 10-percent supply by the holidays,” said Patti Wells, school health coordinator.

  • TCAT a Model of Excellence

    Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Harriman’s SkillsUSA chapter has been recognized as a national Model of Excellence for its commitment to community service and developing personal skills of its members.

    The award was presented at this year’s SkillsUSA national conference.

    “Our award was both on leadership skills and community service,” said Harriman TCAT Director Danice Turpin.

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