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  • Pizza may come with fire truck in Harriman

    Order a pizza at Domino’s in Harriman during Fire Prevention Week and customers might get a visit from the Harriman Fire Department.
    City firefighters are partnering with Domino’s Monday through Friday of this week from 5 to 7 p.m.
    A fire truck will tag along with delivery drivers to some of the calls in the city limits of Harriman.
    Residents who are visited by the fire trucks will get their order for free if they have working smoke alarms. 
    It’s a good deal, even for those without working smoke alarms.

  • Evacuation blamed on critter

    Residents of Harriman Gardens apartment complex were evacuated from their residences Sunday evening because of a fire.
    Authorities said a fluffy-tailed rodent was to blame.
    “There was a squirrel that got into a main bank of HUB’s power grid block,” Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said. “It kicked breakers and caused some electrical fires in both buildings, 925 and 929 Sewanee (St).”

  • ‘Big one’ work set to start in 2013: Upgrades to intersection at Hwys. 58, 70

    Don White has a succinct and appropriate name for the planned intersection upgrade to Hwys. 58 and 70 — the single most-significant project pending in Kingston right now at a half-million dollars.

    He calls it, simply, “the big one.”

    White, Kingston City Council’s transportation committee chairman, had both in-person and mail correspondence with Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional Director Steve Borden this summer.

  • Vets told clinic closing

    Roane County veterans began receiving letters last week informing them of the pending closure of the Roane County Outpatient Clinic in Rockwood.

    The clinic, part of the Department of Veterans Affairs Tennessee Valley Healthcare System, is scheduled to close Oct. 31, according to the letter.

    One of those who received notification was U.S. Navy veteran Ray Collett, a former Rockwood City Council member.

    Collett said on Friday he had been calling all morning to find out where he will go if he needs medical treatment.

  • Midtown firms nix Harriman annexation

    A handful of Midtown business owners aren’t interested in being part of Harriman — despite arguments it will make their property values jump and more commercially appealing.

    Harriman officials listening voted down a resolution to have an annexation referendum on the Nov. 6 ballot.

    Officials, however, indicated they may revisit the issue to look at interested property owners.

  • Today’s the last day to register to vote

    Columbus Day is a holiday for most Roane County Courthouse workers.

    The Roane County Election Commission, however, is open and doing business as usual today, Monday.

    “Even though this is a holiday for courthouse employees, our office will be open, since Oct. 8 is the deadline to register for this election,” said a release from the election commission.

    Election Day is Nov. 6. Early voting for state and federal races is Oct. 17-Nov. 1. Call the Election Commission at 376-3184 for details.

  • New device to help with proper extinguisher use

    Rockwood firefighters recently unveiled a new training device that they hope will encourage proper use of fire extinguishers.

    The Bullex IST Extreme Trainer features three different fire scenarios: electric motor, pot on stove and wastebasket.

    “We did some finagling, but this is basically a $10,000 unit,” said Matthew Crabtree, assistant fire chief.

    “According to the manufacturer, we’re the only small-timers in the area that have got it.”

  • Pair arrested for burglary, robbery

    A couple of Roane County men were arrested late last month on burglary and robbery charges at a Roane State Hwy. apartment.

    Twenty-four-year-old Sean Thomas Eken of 149 Oaklawn Drive, Rockwood, and Gordon Wesley Gillespie, 22, of 201 Carr Ave., Harriman, are charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and reckless endangerment with a deadly weapon.

    An officer was dispatched to 2913 Roane State Hwy., where Bryan Strand and Charlotte Underwood reported Strand was lying in bed when two subjects broke into the apartment.

  • Cobb accused of assault

    State Rep. Jim Cobb, whose district includes the southwest portion of Rockwood, is accused of assault. A Rhea County grand jury returned an indictment on Cobb this week.

    He’s accused of assault against victim Wanda Sue Goins on Aug. 2, Election Day. Cobb lost in the primary that day to rival Ron Travis. 

    Rhea County Sheriff Office officials declined to comment for this story and refused to provide any public records. 

  • Former Harriman judge dies

    A fixture in Harriman died Wednesday.

    Clyde Collins was a Harriman city judge for many years and a Roane County commissioner from Sept. 1, 1986, until Aug. 31, 1994. Typically energetic and charming, the distinguished World War II veteran had been ill recently. 

    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason said Collins was a family friend and respected member of the community.

    “When you look around Harriman, he’s done a lot of good things,” Mason said. “He’s always wanted to help people.”