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  • Harriman girl in the winner’s circle at Speedway

    At 16 years old, Amber Frost does a lot of things other teens do.

    She has a lot of friends and is a cheerleader at Harriman High School.

    One thing that differentiates the Lady Devil senior from her peers, however, is that she recently made history by becoming the first female to win a season points championship at Wartburg Speedway.

    “It feels really good to know that I’m the first girl to win the track championship at Wartburg,” Frost said after winning the Pony division title.


    A Harriman woman was cited after a crash with multiple injuries that resulted in two Lifestar helicopter units airlifting patients to University of Tennessee Medical Center on Thursday afternoon.

    “One vehicle was stopped at a red light. The other vehicle ran into the back of it,” said Harriman patrolman Steve Hart.

    Hart said Kristy McGill, 40, of Harriman, was driving a truck that rear-ended a car driven by Tammy Lowe of Harriman.

    Lowe’s vehicle was in the southbound lane of Hwy. 27 at the traffic light at Ruritan Road.

  • Houston back in E. Tenn.

    After spending more than a year in a Kentucky federal prison, Leon Houston is back in East Tennessee.

    He was booked into the Knox County Jail on Friday.

    Last month, U.S. Magistrate C. Clifford Shirley Jr. ordered the U.S. Marshals to transport Houston back to the area for a motion hearing and scheduling conference, which is set for Tuesday at the federal courthouse in Knoxville.

    Houston, 56, was convicted in November 2013 for threatening to kill his former attorney via interstate commerce.

  • Annual Labor Day picnic a tradition for Roane Dems

    Roane County Democratic Party’s annual East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic will be from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 7 at Roane County Park shelter 2 at 3515 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Tickets are $12 per person; ages 11 and younger eat free.

    Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling 466-0418 or at the picnic.

    Keynote speakers will be Tennessee Democratic Party Chairwoman Mary Mancini and Terry Adams, founder and attorney with The Adams Law Firm.

    Entertainment will be provided by Todd Sharp and Terry Adams.

  • Harriman couple accused of break-in, robbery at gunpoint

    A Harriman couple has been arrested for breaking into a home and holding its occupants at gunpoint on Aug. 26.

    Jeremy Burress, 26, and Kayla Doniece Jeffers, 25, both of 303 Long Drive, Harriman, were arrested for aggravated robbery and theft of property not from a building (under $500), among other charges.

    According to an affidavit of complaint by Lt. Dan Schneider of the Harriman Police Department, the victims identified the pair as the suspects who robbed them at gunpoint.


    Another incident involving violence occurred at Roane Academy this week.

    “They called dispatch and said they had an unruly juvenile and wanted some assistance from the sheriff’s office,” Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    The incident happened Tuesday afternoon.

    According to the E-911 detail sheet, someone by the name of Tammy Proffitt called from Roane Academy and advised that a juvenile was “very violent” and had struck an employee in the head.

  • Kingston looks at 23-cent tax rate increase



    Kingston residents may be looking at a 23-cent property tax hike in the coming fiscal year.

    “I have never supported or proposed a tax increase,” said Kingston City Manager David Bolling Tuesday as he presented the proposed budget during its regular monthly workshop.

  • Farmer to plead guilty to federal firearms charge

    Tyler Farmer has made a deal in his federal firearms case.

    In exchange for pleading guilty to possession of firearms and ammunition by a convicted felon, the U.S. Attorney’s Office has agreed to dismiss a charge of knowingly possessing stolen firearms.

    Both Farmer, of 156 Greystone Way, Kingston, and his attorney have signed the plea deal.

    “The defendant is pleading guilty because the defendant is, in fact, guilty,” the agreement states.

  • Big loan, but no tax hike, in Harriman budget

    Harriman officials’ initial approval of the 2016 budget Tuesday steers the city on a path that includes pay raises for employees, a big loan for paving and borrowing for police cars.

    It’s all without increasing tax revenue.

    The first reading included the new certified rate of $1.2197 per $100 valuation, which should generate the same property tax revenue as previous years.

    “We have worked hard to keep our tax rate the same for the last 12 years,” Mayor Chris Mason said.