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  • State wants to reunite you with forgotten money

    The Tennessee Department of Treasury Unclaimed Property Division is traveling to events across the state to reunite Tennesseans with their missing money.

    Last fiscal year, the Division returned a record-breaking 43,482 claims, resulting in $48 million in missing money returned to Tennesseans.

    The Unclaimed Property Division is a consumer protection program of the Tennessee Department of Treasury, under the leadership of Treasurer David H. Lillard Jr.

    There is currently more than $819 million waiting to be claimed in Tennessee.

  • Grease said to cause blaze

    A grease fire was blamed for the destruction of a Harriman home late Friday night.

    Eszmone Patrick said his sister was putting on some chicken when the grease caused a fire at the 257 Morning Drive home.

    “Flames shot up everywhere,” said cousin Ayame Wright.

    Nobody was hurt in the fire, and the family was able to get their animals out.

  • Lots of questions on school plan

    For the past few weeks I’ve been urging everyone I meet to check out The Roane Alliance CEO Wade Creswell’s presentation on the K-14 initiative The Alliance is supporting.

    The presentation highlights negative trends, including decreasing population, increasing crime and drug abuse, that Roane County needs to change to improve quality of life.

    Education, specifically a K-14 education model tuned to the needs of the modern workforce, is a key element of the plan to change the culture.

  • HUB collects 2,550 food items for bank

    Harriman Utility Board employees are Hands of Mercy’s Souper Bowl Champs.

    Together they collected the most nonperishable food items in a challenge with other local companies, collecting around 2,550 items.

    “It means a lot to us to have your support. I hope we continue to do that,” said Sharon Pinner, executive director of Hands of Mercy.

    Human resource director Connie Voyles said the employees are always willing to help out if told about a good cause.

  • One dead, one hurt in Poplar Creek crash

    One person was killed Tuesday morning when a vehicle ran off Poplar Creek Road and became submerged in the water.

    Early reports indicate the victim, a male passenger whose identity is being withheld, was buckled into the backseat, making extrication difficult.

    The female driver of the Mazda 3 was injured in the crash and taken to an area hospital. The extent of her injuries is unknown.

    Reports from the scene indicate the car was traveling north on Poplar Creek Road when it slid off the road and over an embankment into the below creek.

  • Doggone Clean Pup

    Lady Bird gets ready to make her spring debut with a bath given by Ezra Marks last week at the KleanCar dog wash room in Rockwood. The self-service dog wash is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Two types of shampoo and conditioner, as well as dryers are available in the climate-controlled indoor facility; however, dog washers may bring in Fido’s favorite shampoos and towels to use during bath time. A deskunking treatment is also available for canines unfortunate to cross paths with one of nature’s smelliest beasts. KleanCar dog wash room is at 715 N. Gateway Ave.

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    Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks doesn’t like cases dragging through the system.

    “One thing about this court, we like to move cases,” Wicks told attorney Joseph Fanduzz on Friday. “We don’t like delay.”

    The penchant for moving cases along is why Fanduzz had a hard time convincing Wicks to delay Laura Buckingham’s April 3 trial. Fanduzz was ultimately successful, but the delay Wicks granted Friday could be the last one in the murder-for-hire case.

  • Harriman seeks public input on recreation needs

    Harriman residents have multiple chances to voice their opinion about city recreation needs as the city prepares to file a Local Parks and Recreation Fund application in hopes of grant funds for recreation projects.

    The city is holding two public hearings. The first is 2 p.m. Monday, March 19, at the Harriman Community Center.

    A second meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. The Harriman City Council will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. and a resolution regarding the fund is on the agenda for consideration.