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  • Police say Harriman woman tried to cut another with box cutter

    A Harriman woman is accused of chasing another female around with a knife and attempting to cut her with a box cutter on Thursday, July 13.

    A Harriman police report said Latisha Louise Pressley, 25, 238 Bullard Ford, is charged with aggravated assault.

    Sgt. John Paul Jones reported arriving at 821 Siluria St. on a report of an assault and spoke with victim Crystal Shadden who said Pressley had scratched her, chased her with a kitchen knife, tried to hit her with a broom stick and then tried to cut her with a box cutter.

  • Farmers have until Aug. 1 to enroll in FSA programs

    Farmers and ranchers have until Aug. 1 to enroll in the USDA Farm Service Agency’s Agriculture Risk Coverage and/or Price Loss Coverage programs for the 2017 crop year.

    These programs trigger financial protections when market forces cause substantial drops in crop prices or revenues.

    Commodities covered include barley, canola, large and small chickpeas, corn, crambe, flaxseed, grain sorghum, lentils, mustard seed, oats, peanuts, dry peas, rapeseed, long grain rice, medium grain rice, safflower seed, sesame, soybeans, sunflower seed and wheat.

  • Herbicide halts Rockwood water works

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas temporarily suspended pumping water at its raw water intake after concerns about herbicide sprayed in the area to address aquatic weeds overwhelming the waterways.

    In a statement from Utility General Manager Kim Ramsey, she indicated TVA contractors recently sprayed herbicide in the area of the Rockwood utility’s raw water intake facility.

    “We knew that there was spraying to be completed in the area with a herbicide called Nautique at some point,” she said.

  • Agency stands by firing

    Omni Visions responded to a lawsuit filed by former employee Vickie Davis last week.

    The company said it had legitimate reasons for firing Davis on March 31, 2016.

    “Omni Visions learned on or about March 7, 2016 that the plaintiff (Davis) had photographed a minor’s confidential progress notes, which were stored in the facility’s chart room, and sent a photograph of the confidential records to a co-worker via text message on Sept. 26, 2015, without redacting the child’s name,” the company’s answer to Davis’ lawsuit said.

  • KEEPING COOL
  • Record-low jobless rate a cause for celebration

    Roane County celebrated record-low unemployment with cake and ice cream Monday in an event held at Kingston City Park.

    Statistics recently released by the U.S. Labor Department indicated that Roane County has a jobless rate of 3.4 percent, the lowest recorded level in history.

    Roane Alliance President and CEO Wade Creswell said the unique statistical event was something that had never occurred before and deserved to be commemorated.

    “Celebrate every victory,” he said.

  • DOWNTOWN STROLL
  • Changes afoot at Harriman’s Riverfront Park

    The farmers market pavilion at Harriman’s David Webb Riverfront Park is taking shape, and it won’t be long before farmers will be selling their bounty under it.

    “The farmers market pavilion is coming along well. I believe they will finish it next week. The only thing on it that may be missing is the light fixtures as no one appears to have the type we need in stock so they will have to be ordered. However, once they come in, it will only take a few hours to finish them,” said city manager Kevin Helms.

  • Heroes take the FALLS

    When Garrett Crandell decided to surprise his girlfriend, Harriman’s Haley Goldston, with a hiking trip to Cummins Falls State Park near Cookeville, little did he know that their July 5 adventure would be a day the duo would never forget.

    “I told her mom but I didn’t really tell her because I wanted it to be a surprise,” said Crandell, a Roane State Community College sophomore.

  • Wanted: Principal at Roane Co. High

    It looks like Roane County High School will have a new principal when the 2017-18 school year starts next month.

    Director of Schools Leah Rice Watkins said Lance Duff, who had been principal at Roane County High since 2009, is now the system’s CTE director. His replacement at the high school has not been named.

    “We’re still in the interview process right now, so nobody’s been named yet,” Watkins said.

    CTE stands for career and technical education. Watkins said the system currently offers several CTE programs.