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  • Quiz-show learning program helps students build life skills

    Some Harriman High School students got a dose of budget management with a dash of entertainment at Roane State Community College gym Thursday morning.

    More than 50 juniors and seniors involved in the PLAN (Prepare, Learn and Navigate) program at Harriman High participated in “The Game of Life,” styled in a game-show Q&A format.

    It featured activities such as pulling every single tissue, one by one, out of the box in under a minute.

  • Retiring hospital administrator Gann surprised

    Jim Gann, the longtime administrator at Roane Medical Center, received a pleasant surprise at this month’s Roane County Commission meeting.

    “I was told I was coming here to pass a Roane Alliance budget,” he said.
    That was just a ruse to get him there.

    The real purpose for Gann being at the meeting was to be honored by the commission for his years of service to the hospital.

    A resolution was read in his honor.

  • Slain man’s mother shares pain

    Pat Brown has a vivid memory of May 11, 2006.

    She was about to pick a bouquet of roses for a neighbor when something caught her attention.

    “I had a scanner in my bedroom,” Brown recalled. “I wasn’t paying a lot of mind to it. Then all of a sudden, the scanner just started going crazy with all this noise.”

    The commotion had to do with an officer-involved shooting on Barnard Narrows Road.

  • Midway High knows how to grow them

    Midway High School Future Farmers of America chapter is selling flower and vegetable plants.

    Agricultural education teacher Whitney Moore and her students were working diligently in the greenhouse right next to the school last week to be ready.

    “They’ve done all this, so they’re really proud of it,” Moore said as her greenhouse management students watered, sorted and inspected flower, vegetable, pepper and tomato plants.

  • 64 years of Dyllis winding down

    Dyllis Elementary School will be closing its doors for the last time at the end of the school year in May.

    To celebrate the many wonderful years the hub of the Dyllis community has had since it opened in 1948, the school will hold a celebration May 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    “We really want to get across how important this school has been, and how much we’re going to miss it and the community, not just us, but the community,” Dyllis principal Kendra Inman said.

  • Rockwood seeks to build public restrooms

    Rockwood Revitalization’s members want to make the city more welcoming.
    That is why they have chosen to build a public restroom on city property adjacent to the downtown Homecoming Park.

    John Evans recently told Rockwood City Council members about the proposed project.
    “We hope to have it done by the festival,” said Evans, referring to the Rockwood Fall Festival.

  • Cruisin' in Harriman

    Shiny vehicles from a variety of eras look right at home on Roane Street in Harriman. Good weather made it easy to appreciate the vehicles on display for last weekend’s Cruisin’ event. The city’s next Crusin’ event is May 12.

  • $5.45 million awarded in civil trial finding Houstons liable for ridealong's death

    A Cumberland County jury has awarded $5.45 million to the mother of a former lawman gunned down in May 2006 by brothers Rocky and Leon Houston.

    "No amount of money can touch the hole in my heart," said Pat Brown of Rockwood. "Money can't do that."

    The jury awarded Brown $5 million in punitive damages less than an hour after finding the Houston brothers liable for the May 2006 shooting death of her son, Mike Brown. At that time, the jury awarded Brown $450,000 in compensatory damages.

  • Testimony in Houston civil case begins

    Murfreesboro attorney Mitchell Ferguson is used to facing litigants on the opposing side.
    That wasn’t the case on Monday.
    Brothers Rocky and Leon Houston failed to show for the start of the civil trial in which they are being sued for the death of Mike Brown. 
    “I’ve never tried a case with no opponent,” said Ferguson, who represents Brown’s mother, Pat Brown.

  • One of Harriman’s finest retiring from police force

    Harriman Police Department has gotten a lot of use out of Dugan, the sweet-natured and proficient narcotic dog.
    “He’s been with the police department for about 11 years,” said Police Chief Randy Heidle.
    The department recently retired Dugan and is getting a new $10,000 dog with the help of K9s4Cops, a Texas nonprofit that assists police departments with funding for police dogs.
    Heidle said he knew it was about time to retire Dugan, who was born in 2001.