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  • Schools religion policy updated

    An updated policy on religion in curriculum will be in place when students return to school next month.

    Roane County Board of Education Member Sam Cox said a mandate from the state is what sparked the update.

    “What we’ve done is just took what the state said,” Cox told his colleagues during a discussion about the update on July 14.


    Two of Harriman’s most-recognizable landmarks are looking a little better today.

    The Kiwanis pillars on Pansy Hill Road and Oakdale Hwy. received a much-needed cleaning Wednesday morning, thanks to Three Rivers Kiwanis Club and members of Harriman Fire Department and Harriman Garden Club.

    “Over time they’ve gotten a little yucky,” said Three Rivers Kiwanis Club spokeswoman Nikki Adkisson.

    “We wanted to clean them up, make them more presentable and represent the Kiwanis Club a little better.”


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    Naudia Wright leads her Harriman High School Rhapsody in Blue band mates in a marching exercise during band camp earlier this week. High school bands all over Roane
    County — and East Tennessee — are participating in band camps to prepare
    for a busy marching season that kicks off with the start of school.


  • Hickman tackling initiatives for rec

    Harriman’s recreation department dived into tournaments this summer after hiring recreation director Allen Hickman.  

    “I’ve held five so far,” he said. “I would guess about 30-35 teams were out of county.”

    Diamonds at Flour Mill Flats have been bustling. That could mean even more revenue for city businesses, because out-of-town teams spend money eating and staying in Harriman.

    “It takes a lot of time to do them, but the city directly benefits financially,” said Mayor Chris Mason.

  • Southern HOSPITALITY

    Saturday’s heat, humidity and stormy conditions were the perfect ingredients for a July day in East Tennessee.

    They were also the perfect ingredients for a traditional Southern barbecue ― particularly one that’s the epitome of Southern hospitality to help the area’s homeless.

    “This is what happens when everybody works together,” said Jennifer Watson over the hubbub of the crowd at Family Promise of Roane County’s inaugural barbecue cook-off. “And that’s what it takes.”

  • From new hospital to downtown to Midtown

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason has seen a lot change since he became active in city government.

    “I’ve done everything I think I can do or wanted to do,” the two-term mayor said, “so it is time for somebody with some new vision to come in and continue the progress.”

    The Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell recently honored Mason with a certificate of appreciation for his years of service.

  • Keevin Woody up for Milan post

    Roane County Schools Elementary Supervisor Keevin Woody is a candidate for the Milan Special School District’s director of schools position.

    According to the district’s website, Woody was scheduled to interview for the job at 7 p.m. Tuesday. That was after press time.

    “No comments at this time,” Woody said Monday.

    “We’ll just see what happens with it.”

    Milan is in Gibson County, which is in West Tennessee.

    The district has three schools, 2,041 students and 129 teachers.


    Rockwood resident Roberta Dennis is accusing District 2 Commissioner Junior Hendrickson of assaulting her with his stomach after the July 11 Roane County Commission meeting.

    “I never touched her,” Hendrickson said.

    Dennis alleges the assault happened in the commission room immediately after the meeting.

    “Within 60 seconds or less from when they broke,” she said. “I didn’t see him coming, but I surely felt him.”

    Dennis said Hendrickson’s stomach struck her on the hip.

    “Bam, bam,” she said. “It wasn’t once; it was twice.”


    Picnics at the Roane County Road Department could become a thing of the past if there is a change in leadership following the Aug. 4 election.

    Candidates Brian Mullins and Tim Clark said they don’t support such outings.

    “I think that could be used as a political event,” Clark said.

    “At no time should this be done, nor will I have that as a practice if I’m the Roane County road superintendent,” Mullins added.

  • Man jailed for taking meth into courthouse

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Jon French had some reservations about Cody James Branham when he entered the courthouse on July 12. According to an incident report, the suspicion was sparked by a lump in Branham’s chest pocket.

    “Deputy French asked Branham, ‘What’s that in that pocket?’, while pointing toward that pocket,” the report said. “Then Branham pulled a clear baggy out of his pocket and said, ‘Meth.’”

    French detained Branham until Patrol Deputy Jason Halcomb arrived at the courthouse.