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  • Looseleaf Laureate: Case closed — feeling better about court system

    My mother loves watching court-type TV shows.
    She also loves keeping up with area legal cases — both criminal actions and lawsuits.
    Now and then, she will hear about a particularly outrageous lawsuit or a criminal case and call me in a tizzy about the allegations.
    “Wait a minute,” I sometimes tell her when she takes a side. “You haven’t heard all the facts yet.”
    Over my many years as a journalist, I have covered many a seemingly air-tight case, only to see it unravel in court.

  • Vet takes his causes on the road

    Some people will go all out for a cause.
    For Steven Jacoby, that means walking from Prescott, Ariz., to Washington, D.C.
    He’s protesting reprisals against whistleblowers and what he said is corruption at a Veterans Administration hospital in Arizona.
    His 2,300-mile trek took him through Roane County earlier this week.
    “I camp most of the time, but I’ve had people put me up on their couches, let me tent out in their front yard and sometimes let me sleep in a spare bedroom,” he said.

  • Four Harriman homes getting a facelift

    Four Harriman homes will potentially be rebuilt or remodeled with $250,000 in funds from the Tennessee Housing Development Association 2011 home program.
    Barbara Pearman with Brown, Pearman Russell LLC updated Harriman City Council on the progress with the program on Tuesday.
    “We’ve started working on the work plans,” Pearman said. “We’re still several weeks away.”
    She had previously said it looked like they would be doing three replacements and one renovation.
    That has since changed.

  • Free skin cancer screenings offered

    The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Road to Healthy Skin tour will stop in King-
    ston on June 25 to offer free, full-
    body skin-cancer screenings to the public.
    Screenings will be available from 9 a.m. to noon at Kingston Rite Aid at 106 W. Race St.
    Participants may receive skin-
    cancer information and sunscreen samples.
    Screenings will be performed on a first-come, first-served basis by volun-
    teer dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth Anderson.
    Visit www.skincancer.org/tour or call 212-725-5176 for details.
     

  • Homeless woman finds ‘angels’

    hen a pint-sized young woman approached Kingston First Baptist Church about needing a ride and attending church, it didn’t take long for people to realize she really needed much more.
    Two people in particular stepped up to help Stacy, an affable special-needs woman who had traveled to Tennessee from Mississippi. She was living in a motel when she first went to the Kingston church in late January.
    Jenny Tippens and Stacy Byrd were honored recently for that help by Jim Henry, commissioner of the Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

  • Man dies in truck accident

    STAFF REPORTS
    Poplar Creek was the site of a fatal truck wreck on Friday.
    The accident happened around 8:30 p.m.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, James D. Finks was traveling north on Hwy. 327 in a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck.
    The truck, according to the THP, drove off the left side of the roadway, striking a guardrail and railroad overpass.
    The truck overturned onto its top into Poplar Creek. The report said it was fully submerged.
    Finks, 53, had an Old Harriman Highway address.

  • Woods suicide after unemployment loss

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham and chief appraiser Melvin Moore testified against J.T. Woods at an unemployment hearing the day before Woods committed suicide outside of Kirkham’s home.
    According to records released in the case by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Kirkham filed an appeal against the payment of benefits to Woods on May 10.  
    The hearing was held in Knoxville on May 30. An appeals tribunal reviewed the record in the case and determined Woods should not have received unemployment benefits.

  • They’ve been working on the railroad
  • National Guard ups bonus ante

    The Tennessee Army National Guard this week announced a new bonus policy that went into effect June 5.
    This policy has five different tiers of bonuses ranging from $5,000 all the way up to $15,000 for new enlistees.
    According to Lt. Col. Andy Easterly, Guard Recruiting and Retention Battalion Commander, the incentives are designed to provide unit commanders the ability to fill critical positions in their units, further enhancing overall readiness.

  • Sights from this past weekend