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  • Man, 31, charged in case in which teen reported missing

    Police said a 14-year-old girl was dropped off at her home earlier this month by a 31-year-old man after she had been reported missing.

    The man, identified as Brendon Seth Luffman of Harriman, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    The minor’s guardian reported her missing on Sept. 14.

    Deputies with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office and officers with the Rockwood Police Department went looking for the juvenile.

    Police said she was dropped off by Luffman after the search started.

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  • Roane law enforcement agencies awarded grants

    Eight Tennessee Highway Safety Grants have been awarded to law enforcement agencies in Roane County.

    The grants will be awarded to promote public safety on Tennessee roads and curb drunk driving.

    “These awards are very important to our local law enforcement agencies,” said state Sen. Ken Yager, R-Kingston.

    “They will be put to good use in keeping our roads safer.”

  • History Crumbling: Hall’s Dime Store first of problem buildings to go

    The last remnants of Harriman’s Hall’s 5-10-25-Cent Store came down Thursday morning after the majority of the building was torn to the ground Wednesday.

    The 519 Roane St. structure is in the same block as the former Miller & Brewer store, which was gutted by fire on Jan. 8. Hall’s, which sold a mish-mash of items, was known for its candy counter.

    “As kids, we all went there for fresh candy out of the old wood and glass counters,” said Blake Kirkland. “My mom went there as a child also.”

  • Call today to schedule hearing to appeal property assessment

    A high number of appeals has caused the Roane County Board of Equalization to extend its session. It was scheduled to end today – Friday – but Chairman T.H. Brown said the board now plans to meet until all appeals are heard.

    Those who wish to appeal have until 4:30 p.m. today to contact the Roane County Property Assessor’s Office to schedule a hearing before the board. The phone number is 376-4362.

  • Charges pending in crash

    Charges are pending against a woman involved in a Monday crash on Hwy. 70 in East Roane County.

    The crash happened around 11 a.m.

    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Meredith Hicks was headed east in a 2006 Chevy Equinox when she crossed the center line and struck a 2014 Ford F-250 pickup truck driven by 73-year-old James Bryant.

    Hicks, 48, was ejected upon impact. She was flown to University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville by Lifestar helicopter.

  • Tractor pull, show next weekend

    Three Rivers Antique Engine and Tractor Club will have its 19th annual show and pull on Oct. 2-3 at Roane State Expo Center.

    The garden tractor pull will be at 7 p.m. Friday.

    A truck and tractor pull starts at 4 p.m. Saturday; other Saturday events are a slow-tractor race, parade of power, pedal tractor races and pulls, skillet toss and wrench toss. Admission is free; donations will be accepted.

    Call Billy Norman at 466-1658, Margaret Guttenberg at 376-9942, Charlene Taylor at 740-7039 or Doug Burgess at 621-1627 for details.

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  • Bridge named for late DA Hawk

    The Roane County Commission voted this month to name a bridge after former district attorney general Charles Hawk.

    Some of his former employees are happy about the news.

    “I’m all for it,” Roane County General Sessions Court Judge Dennis Humphrey said. “I wholly endorse it.”

    Hawk was a graduate of Roane County High School. He attended the University of Tennessee Law School, where he graduated first in his class.

    He served as District Attor-

  • Harriman residents paying more for trash pickup

    Harriman’s final passage of its 2016 budget does not include a property tax increase.

    It does, however, call for an increased monthly fee for trash pickup.

    Officials have said the new fee of $12.50 per month will end subsidizing the service from the city’s general fund. The fee was increased from $10.

    Harriman City Council approved the budget last week. It includes a certified tax rate of $1.2197 per $100 valuation.