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  • Suit to open child abuse files

    NASHVILLE (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Children’s Service has been reporting to a federal court for more than a decade on how it is handling foster care, yet it faces no such scrutiny of its handling of children suffering from abuse or neglect.

    The state reports that 120 children investigated by the Department of Children’s Services after reports of abuse or neglect died between 2009 and 2011.

    There were 31 more deaths during the first half of 2012, DCS says.

  • Environmental board seeks student member

    Do you know a sharp high school junior with a strong interest in the sciences and a driver’s license?

    The board that advises the county on environmental issues is looking for someone who meets that description to join its ranks.

    It won’t just be an appearances-only appointment; expanding recycling throughout county schools is one of the goals of the Roane County Environmental Review Board, and a student board member’s research and input could carry a lot of weight.

  • Dad jailed for slugging child who turned down soft drink

    A man allegedly hit his 6-year-old son in the face after the child told him he couldn’t drink juice or soda.

    Brent Isaac Litton, 29, is charged with child abuse in the incident.

    According to the warrant, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy Walker was dispatched to 123 Willow Springs Road, Ten Mile, on Dec. 30 in reference to a domestic call.

  • 3 Roane teachers attain certification

    Three Roane County teachers recently obtained their National Board Certification.

    “This is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Director of Schools Gary Aytes. “It has been a two-year process for these folks, but they’ve done it.”

    The teachers are Richelle Barding, Cherokee Middle School language arts teacher; Brenda Cate, from Dyllis Springs Elementary School; and Lindsay Johnson, Oliver Springs Middle School science teacher.

  • Dunn Center closer to having facility property

    Michael Dunn Center officials are one step closer to their goal of acquiring the property on which the campus sits.

    Michael Dunn officials have requested the property, which is leased from the Roane County school system at $1 a year for a remaining 74 years, in order to sell it to raise money to build and relocate from their aging facility to a newer one.

    School board member Hugh Johnson made the initial motion to approve the transfer to the Roane County Commission.

  • Inappropriate text messages to teen lands man in jail

    A Harriman man arrested last Thursday is accused of “sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old female,” said Harriman Chief Randy Heidle.

    Benjamin Miller, 34, of 425 Byrd Ave., is charged with especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

    He was taken into custody after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force helmed by Harriman Detective Dan Schneider.

    Schneider said in an affidavit of complaint that Miller committed the crimes on or about Nov. 18, 2012.

  • Guge, Richardson town’s top cops

    Harriman Police Department’s Cody Guge and reserve officer Ridge Richardson were selected as 2012’s officer and reserve officer of the year, respectively.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Guge has been an asset to the department since he became involved first as an Explorer.

    “In 2009, he was also Explorer of the Year,” Heidle said. “Cody has been through our system since the beginning. He is my very first officer that has went through my whole system.”

  • Brothers, pub owner deny responsibility for Harvey’s death

    David Lee Harvey has been accused of causing his own death by one of the defendants in his parents’ lawsuit.

    Harvey, 46, died outside the Grill & Pub on July 23, 2011.

    Eric Gallaher has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault-bodily injury in his death. He allegedly punched Harvey after a minor fender bender in the parking lot.

    Gallaher, his twin brother Derek, cousins Devin Bertram and Anderson Wright and pub owner Grover Norton are defendants in the $3 million lawsuit.

  • Fatal bar fight to be vetted in two courtrooms

    David Lee Harvey was no threat to Eric Gallaher the night he died outside the Grill & Pub.

    That’s what Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff concluded during his investigation into Harvey’s death.

    “Statements have been obtained from various witnesses, to include Gallahers’ relatives, which indicate that Harvey did not incite any violence and that Eric Gallaher did punch David Harvey, and Harvey never recovered from that blow,” Wolff wrote about the investigation.

  • Free food to feed Roane’s hungry

    Jerry Pickard is loaded down with bags of food, including those given to him by James Leatherwood and his mother, Jackie Leatherwood, during a food giveaway at Courts of Praise Church in Hariman on Friday.

    The church distributed 15,000 pounds of free food from Second Harvest Food Bank.

    Vehicles lined Sewanee Street as people waited for their turn to collect food.