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  • Boys, Girls Club opening in early 2014

    The first Boys & Girls Clubs of Roane County location will be open for business at the first of the year.

    A startup date of Jan. 13, 2014, was announced to the Harriman Rotary Club last week.

    An application drive kicks off Nov. 21 at Harriman Middle School, site of the initial club.

  • DYLLIS SPRINGS ELEMENTARY KIDS ON PATROL

    The drop-off line at Dyllis Springs Elementary School near Oliver Springs used to get congested each morning.
    But with the help of some spirited volunteer students, traffic flow is now a breeze.
    “We had traffic going all the way up and down the road,” said Steve Sanders, school resource officer.
    “Since we started doing this, we are able to get them in and get them out.”

  • More graduating from high school

    An improved graduation rate along with all A’s and B’s in achievement and value added.
    Those were some of the highlights of Roane County Schools 2013 state report card.
    “It’s the best we’ve ever had,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said.
    In 2012, the school system got B’s in math, reading and science and an A in social studies.
    This year the school system received B’s in math and reading and A’s in science and social studies.

  • Cold pills? You’ll need a prescription in Harriman

    Customers shopping for pseudoephedrine and ephedrine products in Harriman now need a prescription.
    Harriman City Council approved second and final reading of an ordinance making the restrictions earlier this month, and Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said he talked to area pharmacists and doctors about it after first reading.
    “There wasn’t any opposition to it,” Heidle said. “Everybody I talked to ... they are welcoming it.”

  • Kingston man dies in crash

    From staff reports
    Patrick E. Fly, a 22-year-old Kingston man, was killed in an early Friday morning car wreck.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Fly was driving on Swan Pond Road in a 2005 Nissan Altima when he failed to negotiate a curve.
    “The vehicle skidded and exited the right side of the roadway,” the THP report said. “The vehicle flipped several times, and the driver was ejected.”

  • County buying Cawood law office near courthouse

    Kingston attorney Chris Cawood has found a buyer for his law office.
    “We’re in the process of closing,” Roane County Executive Ron Woody confirmed.
    The appraised value of the office is $99,000. That’s what the county is paying for the property.
    “We decided to go with the appraised value,” Cawood said about the purchase price.
    The law office on Cumberland Street is a stone’s throw from the county courthouse and jail.
    “They may decide to tear it down and use it for parking,” Cawood said.

  • Recycling revenues dropping

    Nearly 20,000 tons of trash came out of Roane County last year.
    More than 2,000 tons of recycling was diverted from the landfill.
    In the county’s more trashy days, residents produced as high as 59,000 tons of garbage.

    Ralph Stewart, the county’s solid waste coordinator, blames the financial climate.
    “When the economy is good, people are buying houses, tearing down houses,” Stewart said. “A lot of new things going up means we are tearing a lot of things down and throwing things away.”

  • Roane State offers free comedy show at Princess

    The public is invited to a free performance by comedian Larry Omaha on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.
    Presented by Roane State Community College’s Office of Student Engagement, Omaha’s show (suitable for young adults and older) begins at 7 p.m.
    Doors open at 6 p.m.
    Omaha’s entertainment career has included appearances on “Mind of Mencia,” “Comics Unleashed,” “Make Me Laugh” and in a variety of feature films.

  • Dawson acquitted in drug case

    Rodney Dawson, a 42-year-old Harriman man, was found not guilty of selling cocaine in a school zone on Tuesday. The case stemmed from a 2009 indictment.
    “He’s been waiting a long time for this to get off his shoulders,” said Dawson’s attorney, Donice Butler. “I’m hoping that the acquittal will help him move forward, find able employment and do well in the community.”
    Cynthia Wheeler and Timothy Wright are in federal custody for their roles in a Roane County prescription pill ring headed by John Goss.

  • Harriman man charged in dispute

    From STAFF REPORTS
    Ralph D. Moore, 121 Franklin St, Harriman, was charged with aggravated domestic assault after an incident at his home .
    The trouble began around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, police said..
    Harriman police were called to the address to check on the welfare of a Crystal Moore, the wife of the suspect.