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  • MADD may lose license plate

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving Tennessee is in danger of losing a key funding piece that matches funds.

    “Our MADD Tennessee license plates are rolling billboards raising awareness about impaired driving and thousands of dollars to help MADD’s efforts in Tennessee,” said volunteer Norris Skelley, one of

    the chief volunteers who campaigned to get the MADD Tennessee plate that went into production in 1997.

  • Police stop ends what man says was a supplement to income

    James Christopher Gibson was charged with manufacture, delivery, sale and possession of a controlled substance earlier this month.

    According to the warrant, he was a passenger in a Chevrolet Impala in which Harriman police found prescription pills, meth and set of digital scales.

    There was a reason for that, however.

    “The defendant was read his Miranda rights and proceeded to tell officers that he only sold drugs to supplement his income since he has been out of work for the past three months,” the warrant said.

  • Social media encounters add up to charges against 21-year-old

    An alleged rendezvous with a juvenile has a Rockwood man in trouble with the law.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office incident report, deputies responded to 219 Old James Ferry Road around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, where they spoke with Lucrectia and Michael Lovelady.

    “Their 14-year-old daughter had snuck out of the house sometime after they all had went to bed and walked down the road to Bells Cove Boat Ramp and met a Mr. Mackenzie Lee Huffman.”

  • Ten Mile woman killed in wreck on Hwy. 58

    Jackquinetta Renee Luffman, known by family and friends as Renee, was traveling to pick up a friend Tuesday afternoon when she was tragically killed in a crash on Hwy. 58.

    Luffman, 43, of Ten Mile, was traveling northbound in a Mitsubishi Eclipse when she crossed the center line into the path of another vehicle, a 1990 Kenworth T800 semi truck.

  • Teen counts his blessings a week after crash

    Taylor Hamby says he’s lucky to be alive following last week’s crash on Interstate 40 near Midtown last week.

    Kingston Fire Chief Willie Gordon said after the wreck he had never seen anyone pinned in a vehicle like that in 35 years.

    “I know I’m lucky to be alive,” Hamby said after returning home from six days in University of Tennessee Medical Center.

  • Largest taxpayer settles on appraisal

    UT-Battelle has settled its property appraisal dispute with Roane County.

    According to an agreed order signed last month, appraised value of the property is now $73.995 million for the 2014 and 2015 tax years.

    The previous values, which UT-Battelle disputed, was $98.164 million for 2014 and $87.954 million for 2015.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he’s glad the issue is resolved because UT-Battelle is the county’s largest taxpayer.

  • Police chief retires amid allegations

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle quietly retired Tuesday after a laundry list of accusations came to light last week.

    “This letter is to clarify that the city of Harriman discontinued the investigation into the ethical, policy and mismanagement allegations against Chief Randy Heidle due to the fact that, if proven true, the most severe action that the City could take would be to terminate his employment with the city,” Harriman City Attorney Allison Rehn said in a prepared statement Thursday afternoon.

  • It’s almost time to make the doughnuts

    Dunkin’ Donuts representatives confirmed this week they will be locating in a retail shop under construction on Hwy. 70 in Midtown.

    “The future Dunkin’ is planned for Hwy. 70 at Griffith Drive,” said Michelle King, Dunkin’ Donuts senior director of global public relations.

    King said the shop “is expected to open by the end of the year.”

    Harriman City Manager Kevin Helms said site plans indicate the shop will include a drive-thru for customers to get the store’s trademark coffee and sweet treats.

  • Earlier Fishing Rodeo not just for kids anymore

    The Dennis Ferguson Fishing Rodeo is celebrating its 26th year by including some new fishermen and area businesses.

    Always known as an event for youngsters, this year’s Rodeo is opening up to include senior citizens ages 65 and older.

    It will also serve as a health and information fair for those who attend.

    The Rodeo will be Saturday, July 30, at Roane County Park.

    Registration beings at 8 a.m., and fishing starts at 9.

    The free event will include trophies for ages 5-14, and for fishers older than 65.

  • Another delay in Gertrude Porter Park rehab

    Despite several months of delays, Kingston’s Gertrude Porter Park has suffered another setback, and it is unclear when construction will begin on the park.

    Kingston City Manager David Bolling sent a memo to City Council members last week, noting that the original low-bid contractor, Wright Construction, had notified city officials that the company would not be honoring the bid price.

    A representative of that company said its own excavation subcontractor was not honoring his bid, leading Wright Construction to ask for more money, according to the memo.