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    Residents of Harriman and surrounding areas filled the streets in good numbers under sunny skies Monday to celebrate Labor Day and the city’s 125th anniversary.

    Classic cars, food and craft vendors lined the sidewalks and the sounds of music from several bands floated on a warm breeze throughout the day.

    State Sen. Ken Yager was on hand talking with residents, visiting the vendors and listening to the sound of the Will Yager Band, which featured his son on bass.

    Yager eyed the classic cars with a look of nostalgia.

  • Still openings in sheriff’s citizens academy

    From staff reports

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office still has spots left for its upcoming citizens academy.

    The group will meet each Thursday from Sept. 8-Nov. 3. The meetings will start at 6:30 p.m.

    The final session will include a graduation ceremony.

    “The academy is a community-oriented policing program promoting a better relationship between the sheriff’s office and the community it serves,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release.

    There is no cost to attend.

  • Knox woman hits the road to aid 9/11 Memorial Trail

    Jan Walker is combining her bucket list with a way to raise money for a worthy cause.

    The 57-year-old ultra distance runner from Knoxville is making her way across America to raise money and awareness for the Sept. 11 National Memorial Trail.

    “Going coast-to-coast is a big goal,” she said. “It’s kind of like a bucket-list thing for me.”

  • Tattoo artist says sex charge untrue

    A Harriman tattoo artist is concerned sexual harassment allegations could ruin his life.

    Joshua Argubright operates Ain’t Rite Ink on South Roane Street in Harriman. He was arrested on Aug. 29 for sexual battery. The alleged victim is his former apprentice.

    “[Expletive] the tattoo business,” Argubright said Friday. “This could screw me for life.”

    The case was investigated by Harriman Police Lt. Kent Warren. According to the warrant, Argubright sexually harassed the alleged victim on multiple occasions.

  • Swan Pond 'field of dreams' almost ready for sports action

    Construction work is wrapping up on the first phase of the Swan Pond Sports Complex.

    Things are so far along that Roane County Executive Ron Woody said youth sports teams can start playing on the fields.

    “The fields are ready,” he said. “They may even be played on this weekend.”

    While the fields may be ready, there’s still other work to be done.

  • Harriman Council vacancies on agenda

    Harriman City Council may discuss filling two vacancies left on the board at Tuesday’s regular meeting.

    The Council agenda includes discussing and possible action on appointments to fill the vacancies.

    The meeting, the first to be presided over by new Mayor Wayne Best, starts at 7 p.m. in Harriman Municipal Office Complex.

    Two seats were left open after the Aug. 4 election when Best, previously a Council member, won his

  • Houston appealing to Supreme Court

    Rocky Joe Houston isn’t done fighting his federal firearms conviction.

    He wants the U.S. Supreme Court to review the decision that the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals made in his case.

    On March 19, 2014, a federal jury found Houston guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit upheld the conviction in February. Houston responded by asking that the case be heard by all the judges in the Sixth Circuit. That request was denied in April.

  • Grant paying for Kingston sewer works

    Thanks to a $525,000 Community Development Block Grant, the Kingston wastewater treatment plant will soon have a new dewatering system.

    The funds come just in the nick of time, as the current system recently stopped working.

    Kingston Water and Sewer Superintendent Mike Jolly said he knew the end was near for that piece of equipment, and department employees “did everything we could to keep it running” for as long as it did.

  • Fire agreement put to the test

    Only days after signing an automatic-aid agreement last month, Kingston Fire Department played a big part in fighting a fire in a downtown Harriman home.

    The 415 Clinton St. home was heavily damaged, and the resident was rescued from the home.

    “The crew from Kingston was instrumental in the successful management of this incident,” said Harriman Fire Chief David Bailey.

    Kingston Fire Department’s ladder truck was part of the initial dispatch and arrived promptly at the scene, the Harriman fire chief said.