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  • GUEST OPINION: State of the 1st Amendment — as others see it


    First Amendment Center

    There’s no doubt that a huge number of Americans are unable to name the five freedoms protected by the First Amendment — national survey results each year since 1997 sadly leave little doubt about that circumstance.

    On a more positive note, when reminded of the core freedoms of religion, speech, press, assembly and petition, our fellow citizens line up behind them in large numbers.

    But when it comes to how those freedoms apply in everyday life?

  • Police respond to takeover attempt at Roane Academy

    Law enforcement responded to another disturbance at Roane Academy Monday evening.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said some juveniles housed at the facility injured some staff members.

    “They did cause a big ruckus and try to incite a takeover,” Phillips said.

    Monday’s disturbance followed an eventful weekend that included two escapes. That’s at least the fourth at Roane Academy in the past month.

  • Ex-trooper says crash victim’s friend was speeding

    Former state trooper Samuel Dean Norman has responded to a lawsuit that accuses him of causing a February car crash that resulted in the death of Elmer Solomon.

    Solomon’s widow, Sandra J. Solomon, is suing Norman in Roane County Circuit Court for $980,000 in damages.

    The fatal crash happened on Hwy. 61 on Feb. 6.

    Elmer Solomon was a passenger in a 2008 Nissan driven by his friend Merley E. Tilson.

    Solomon was the owner of the Nissan, which was traveling east on Hwy. 61.

  • Appraisal computer system may be changed

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody has filed a resolution that gives the County Commission the option to change the Computer-Assisted Mass Appraisal program that’s being used by the Property Assessor’s Office.

    Property Assessor David Morgan stopped using the state system last year in favor of the Patriot Properties CAMA system.

    Woody’s resolution calls for terminating the contract with Patriot and going back to the state system.

  • Tablets not a done deal for Harriman officials

    If Harriman does elect to put money in the budget for tablets for Harriman City Council and certain staff, it will not cost $10,000.

    That’s the point several officials emphasized during a recent meeting.

    “The discussion we had is that number is two-thirds too high,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

    The price would come down several thousand dollars, according to officials.

  • Semi crashes into back of mayor’s stepdaughter’s car

    The stepdaughter of Rockwood Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller was rear-ended by a semi-truck in Kingston Friday afternoon.

    Carissa Huskins was on Kentucky Street near Little Caesars Pizza when she was hit by Joshua Womack.

    The collision caused extensive damage to the rear of Huskins’ Ford sedan.

    She was up and walking at the scene and didn’t appear to be injured.

    Womack drives for AAA Cooper Transportation. He was also up and walking after the accident.

  • Harriman PD National Night Out set

    Harriman Police Department’s National Night Out is Aug. 4.

    Activities will be from 7 to 10 p.m. at David Webb Riverfront Park.

    Food, games, inflatables and a rock-climbing wall are among the attractions.

    A movie will be shown at sunset. Those wishing to watch the movie are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets.

    Call Tara at 882-3383 or go to the Harriman Police Department’s Facebook page for more information about this year’s activities.

  • New Bowers entrance with redo of Ruritan Road

    As the widening project on Harriman’s Ruritan Road/Hwy. 29A slowly takes shape, some changes are starting to be made.

    They include a new entrance to Bowers Elementary School.

    State offficials said the new school entrance will be open by Aug. 7 — three days before the start of school next week.

    “The new entrance to the school is off of SR. 29 south of Breazeale Street,” said Mark Nagi, Tennessee Department of Transportation spokesman.


    Film crews and cast ― including two officers with the Harriman Police Department — spent part of last week filming at the old Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman.

    Knoxville’s Jupiter Entertainment was in town to film scenes for an episode for “Homicide Hunters,” an Investigation Discovery series that chronicles true-crime stories investigated by John Kenda, a longtime Colorado Springs Police Department lieutenant.

  • Crash fatal for OS man

    An Oliver Springs man was killed in a two-vehicle accident at 532 Scandlyn Hollow Road in Oak Ridge shortly after noon on Friday.

    Roy W. Cox, 73, of Oliver Springs, was killed in the crash, which ejected him from his 2007 Ford Ranger.

    According to a preliminary Tennessee Highway Patrol report, a northbound 2013 Dodge Ram driven by Rebecca L. Tiller, 43, of Knoxville, was negotiating a curve on Scandlyn Hollow Road when it crossed into Cox’s southbound lane of travel and struck his vehicle head on.