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  • HARRIMAN LIONS SCREENING
  • Harriman hopes for grant for sidewalks, more

    Harriman is holding a public hearing for a Transportation Alternative Program grant prior to their regular Harriman City Council meeting Tuesday.

    The public hearing is at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19.

    “It can be used for sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian lighting, crosswalks, crosswalks indicators, etc.,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

  • Woman wants grocer charged with assault

    Misty Dawn Presswood doesn’t deny shoplifting at the Rockwood IGA last month, but she insists store owner Roger Sharp should have been charged with assault for the way he responded.

    “He struck me in my face,” she said.

    Sharp denies the accusation.

    “I grabbed her around the shoulders and neck, but I didn’t punch her or choke her,” he said.

  • Grandpa fights off suspected burglar

    A Sweetwater man is facing charges for allegedly trying to steal a scooter on Friday.

    The victim was able to detain the suspect until law enforcement arrived.

    According to the report, a Roane County sheriff’s deputy responded to 239 Main Hollow Road to investigate the incident.

  • OSHS becoming STEAM Academy

    The Oliver Springs community took a giant leap into the future last week by raising more than $120,000 for a planned STEAM Academy at the high school.

    The Academy, focusing on science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics, is the idea of the Oliver Springs Alumni Education Foundation.

    “We plan not just a STEAM academy, but a great STEAM Academy,” said Dr. Steve Smith, an Oliver Springs dentist and Foundation director who has been instrumental in getting the project off the ground.

  • Officer involved shooting on Mays Valley Road

    A suspect was transported by helicopter to a hospital with multiple gunshot wounds Saturday morning after he threatened Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputies outside a home on Mays Valley Rd.

    David B. Daugherty, 47, was shot in the chest and arm by a RCSO deputy after he threatened officers that had responded to a call about two males arguing at the 352 Mays Valley Rd. home, Sheriff Jack Stockton said.

    Daugherty was reportedly arguing with Keith Edwards, a resident of the home, about the use of a vehicle owned by Edwards’ sister.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: We’re in crisis mode with opioids

    As a business writer who has lived through more economic cycles than I can remember, I’ve often been asked the question “Are we in a recession or a depression?”

    Technically, there hasn’t been a nationwide economic depression since the 1930s. Even still, the answer depends on your perspective.

    “When your neighbor loses his job, that’s a recession. When you lose your job, that’s a depression. “

  • Harriman man charged with murder

    A Harriman man has been charged in a Blount County homicide.

    According to the Alcoa Police Department, 20-year-old Isaiah S. Wright was arrested Wednesday by Harriman police.

    Wright is charged with criminal homicide in the July 25 death of 18-year-old Caleb Thomas Radford of Maryville.

    Radford’s body was found with multiple stab wounds on Topside Road in Louisville. He was taken to University of Tennessee Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

  • State puts OS on notice for sewer plant violations

    Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation found a number of violations during a visit to the Oliver Springs Wastewater Plant last month.

    “In August 2017, a routine inspection was conducted at the wastewater plant resulting in a Notice of Violation being issued. Discrepancies were noted in the areas of flow measurement and recording, sample collection, laboratory procedures as well as operational issues,” said Eric Ward, communications director of TDEC.

    Oliver Springs Manager Chris Mason said the issues were being addressed.

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