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  • Robbery suspect in custody

    A man is now in custody after a robbery at the Rocky Top gas station at 102 N. Roane St. in downtown Harriman early Sunday morning.

    Harriman police reported the clerk told them a man reached over and took cash from the open register while he was making a purchase. A brief struggle took place between the suspect and clerk before the suspect left the store with the money.

  • Harriman considers public safety director

    Harriman is considering creating a public safety director position to oversee both police and fire.

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said he felt this would be the best time to try such a proposal because of the employees the city has on staff.

    “If I didn’t think we had the right people in place right now I wouldn’t be talking about this,” said Helms.

    Councilman Lonnie Wright agreed with the quality of the city’s staff.

  • Kingston FY18 won’t have tax, water increase

    The city of Kingston is not looking at a tax increase, or a water rate increase for the 2017-18 fiscal year, according to a draft of the budget offered by City Manager David Bolling last week during a work session.

    “For the second year in a row, I’m pleased to present you with a general fund budget that requires no tax increase,” Bolling stated in an accompanying memo.

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  • Garden vandalized at Riverfront Park

    The Harriman Garden Club found a sorry sight at the garden they have at David Webb’s Riverfront Park.

    Someone vandalized the garden that the members devote so much time to. A bird bath bowl, the tops of concrete benches, stepping stones and flowers were all removed from the garden.

    “This is the third year in a row we have been vandalized. The first time they stole a beautiful bird bath,” said club member Pat Ramsey. “It just makes you mad.”

  • Gertude Porter Park could cost contractor

    Delays on the Gertrude Porter Park project have the potential to cost the contractor, too.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling updated City Council members during the group’s recent work session, reporting on a recent meeting with state officials and the project’s contractor, Southeast Contractors.

  • Rockwood’s Blake wins at Lake Cumberland tourney

    Rockwood’s Derrick Blake accomplished one of his biggest dreams when he joined the ranks of other big time fishermen this year.

    Blake made $10,000 recently with a 33rd place finish in the Fishing League Worldwide tournament on Lake Cumberland in Kentucky the weekend of April 6.

    “This year is my rookie year on the professional level,” said Blake.

  • Police cite woman with animal cruelty charges

    Kayley M. Ennis, a 25-year-old Harriman woman, was cited for animal cruelty last month.

    According to the report, animal control received a call about some dogs that had been abandoned at 1719 Ruritan Road.

    Animal Control Officer Jeffery Smith said they found two dogs in “very poor” condition when they arrived at the residence. One was a male Wolf Hound and the other was a female Pekingese.

  • Smith leaving 9th Judicial District, joining the 5th

    One of the lead attorneys on the Shawn Smoot case is no longer prosecuting cases in the 9th Judicial District.

    District Attorney General Russell Johnson said Assistant District Attorney General Tiffany Smith resigned to take a job with the 5th Judicial District Attorney General’s Office in Blount County.

    Smith graduated from Carson-Newman University, and received her law degree from the Lincoln Memorial University John Duncan School of Law.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What Sean Spicer really meant to say, but didn’t

    As regular readers know, the old curmudgeon has a penchant for defending even unpopular folks when the thundering herd of shallow thinkers, or non-thinkers, make false or misleading statements about them, or misinterpret their statements. As we recall we have done this for Dr. Ben Carson, The Donald, and several others in the past.