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  • Stop, drop and roll into fire safety

    Harriman Fire Department came out to Bowers Elementary school to information students about fire safety this month.

    Sparky the fire dog made an appearance along with a first-hand look at the fire trucks.

    Kindergartners Ethan Mullins, left, and Nicholas Robinson test out Harriman Fire Department's trucks during the visit.

  • Courts likely to hear same-sex couple’s appeal

    As long as everything is in order procedurally, Tennessee Appellate Court Chief Deputy Clerk Joanne Newsome said she expects the Court of Appeals to hear the Roane County same-sex divorce case.

    Frederick Michael Borman filed for divorce from Larry Kevin Pyles-Borman in Roane County Circuit Court in March. The Roane County men were married in Iowa in 2010.

    Tennessee doesn’t recognize same sex marriage, and former circuit court judge Russell E. Simmons Jr. denied Borman’s request for a divorce.

  • Alexander calls for restrictions on travel because of Ebola outbreak

    While not calling for an all out ban, U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said travel should at least be restricted from the Ebola infected countries in Africa.

    “Given the spread of Ebola in Dallas, the most sensible way to prevent the spread of Ebola in the United States is to restrict travel to the U.S. from Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone in West Africa to essential personnel,” Alexander said in a statement last week.

    Some have called for the all out ban to the African countries, but President Barack Obama seemed reluctant to do that last week.

  • Ebola forum set to inform the public

    All Knoxville area hospital systems and facilities have joined with the Knox County Health Department to sponsor an unprecedented community forum to educate the public about Ebola and address any questions and concerns about the disease.

  • Mayor candidates won’t ditch airport

    Rockwood Municipal Airport is a cause Peggy Evans has championed in her five years as a city official ― and she continues to carry the banner in her mayoral campaign.

    “I support that airport 100 percent ― and I have for years,” Evans confirmed last Tuesday during Rockwood 2000’s forum. “That is one of the best drawing points Rockwood has, and we have to utilize it.”

    While her opponent, Mike “Brillo” Miller, doesn’t necessarily share her passion, he said the city can’t simply walk away and cut its losses.

  • Court costs fall to McFarland in Pemberton lawsuit loss

    Senior Judge Jon Kerry Blackwood has divulged his reason for dismissing Tom McFarland’s election lawsuit.

    Word came down of his intention to toss the lawsuit shortly after a hearing on Sept. 30, but the order with those details wasn’t filed until last week.

    McFarland sued Mike Pemberton, the Roane County Election Commission and Tennessee Coordinator of Elections Mark Goins in Roane County Chancery Court on Aug. 20.

  • Ms. Lillie still serving after 50 years

    She’s a beloved part of Kingston Food City’s staff.

    Ninety-year-old Lillie Herrell still bags groceries at the large regional grocery chain, and she’s been part of the business for decades.

    “It was the White Store when I started,” said Lillie Herrell.

    Herrell said she started working for the grocery chain back in 1963.

    She said the White Store used to be located where the Roane County Jail is today. The grocery chain later became Food City and eventually moved to Ladd Landing where it now sits.

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  • DA pushes to revoke bond of rape suspect

    The District Attorney General’s Office will attempt to revoke rape suspect John Paul Little’s bond over his recent arrest on drug charges.

    Harriman police arrested Little on Sept. 9, 2012 on charges of child rape. He was released from jail in March after posting a $25,000 property bond. He remained free until Oct. 8 when he was arrested along with six other people after police allegedly detected an odor commonly associated with the manufacture of methamphetamine emanating from his Harriman home. A subsequent search revealed three active one-pot meth labs.

  • Police arrest man for posing as police officer

    A man previously charged with criminal impersonation for posing as a police officer last week is now charged on a warrant for false imprisonment in connection to the incident.

    Roane County Sheriff’s Office deputies went to 2755 Sugar Grove Valley Road on Monday and took James Alvin Bolden Jr., 43, into custody.

    Chief Deputy Tim Phillips said in talking with the district attorney general’s office it was determined Bolden should have been charged with false imprisonment as well. Phillips said Bolden had already made bond.