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  • Argh! Read like a pirate at Harriman Public Library

    Read yer books, you scalawags.

    That was the message Harriman Children’s Librarian Connie Massengill had for kids last week during the library’s “Talk Like a Pirate Day,” with programs for its preschool and homeschool programs.

    “We have learned about famous women pirates,” Massengill said. “We learned about Anne Bonny and Mary Read from the 1700s.”

    Part of last week’s festivities included a Dress Like a Pirate contest.

  • Harriman picks new police chief

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms on Monday offered the position of Harriman Police Chief to Derek Pacifico.

    Pacifico is a Knoxville candidate who is retired from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department after 22 years of service.

    Pacifico will be in attendance at the end of Harriman City Council's workshop Tuesday, Sept. 27. The workshop, at the Harriman Police Department, begins at 3 p.m.

    See more details in Wednesday's issue of Roane County News.

  • Tiger Town title reunion

    Members of the 1976 state championship Rockwood Tigers team gather on Civitan Field Friday night on the 40th anniversary year of their title win.

    On the field for the celebration are, from left, Allen Marine, Maurice Greif, Jeff Russell, Danny Bledsoe, Tim Layton, Tracy Bledsoe, Darrell Warner, Travis Collier, Lee Arnold Wilkerson, Gary Hickey, Mike Pemberton, Clayton Neal, Scott Pugh, Anthony Chatman, Terry Jordan, Leroy Chatman, Mike Foster, Mark Clem, Jeff Cobb, Mike Miller, Randy Crabtree, Allen Mingis, Eric Cates and Gary Fulmer.

  • Smoot files handwritten motion for retrial

    Shawn Smoot has been in prison for less than two months — and he is already seeking a new trial.

    In a handwritten motion filed earlier this month, Smoot asked Criminal Court Judge Jeff Wicks to set aside his first-degree murder conviction.

    A Roane County jury found him guilty of the charge last month and sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    According to the Tennessee Department of Correction, Smoot is currently incarcerated at the Turney Cener Industrial Complex in Only.

  • Harriman resets judge, CFO interviews

    Harriman officials will interview candidates for city judge and chief finance officer in a workshop session at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Harriman Police Department.

    “Both candidates who applied for Judge are being interviewed,” said City Manager Kevin Helms.

    Those are sitting judge Charles Crass and James Patrick Henry, who practices law in Kingston.

    “The two candidates who

    already have the state required Certified Municipal Finance Officer designation are being interviewed,” Helms added.

  • Federal firearms plea expected

    A Harriman man is expected to plead guilty in a federal firearms case next month.

    Jesse Lee Duncan, 34, is charged with with two counts of knowingly possessing a rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches in length not registered to him.

    He also faces one count of knowingly possessing a silencer not registered to him.

  • Old Harriman hospital bldg. ‘all about potential’

    Harriman City Council joined other city officials and residents on last week’s tour of the empty Roane Medical Center.

    The facility, formerly Harriman Hospital, was left vacant in February 2013, when Covenant Health moved operations to Midtown’s new facility.

    Demolishing portions of the building is among the possibilities city leaders would like to see considered.

    Mayor Wayne Best asked Council members to keep an open mind during the tour.

    “It is all about potential,” added Councilman Chris Ahler.

  • Four overdose death-free months in Roane

    Earlier this year, it looked like the number of drug overdose deaths in Roane County might be decreasing.

    Roane County Medical Examiner Dr. Thomas Boduch said there were no overdose deaths during the latter part of 2015 or the first few months of this year.

    “Between Nov. 5 and March 18, I didn’t have a single one in months,” he said. “Usually you get something over the holidays, and we were optimistic.”

  • Unique approach in RSCC’s ‘God’s Man in Texas’

    Theatergoers will have an unusual experience with the next production from the Roane State Community College Playmakers.

    “God’s Man in Texas” will be performed next month, and Theater Director Clarissa Feldt said instead of traditional theater seating, audience sections will be specially constructed on stage.

    Though it will decrease the number of potential viewers, the unique approach will create an intimacy between the actors and their audience, she explained.

  • Youth theater camp in Roane next year

    Roane State Community College, the Princess Theatre and the Tennessee Arts Commission are teaming up to host a youth theater camp next summer.

    Clarissa Feldt, RSCC theater director, said the camp is open to middle and high school students in Roane, Anderson, Morgan and Cumberland counties. There is only room for 15 students, but those selected will be attending the camp free of charge.