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  • Midtown home ravaged by fire

    A home in Midtown was heavily damaged in a fire Thursday afternoon at 235 Martin Hollow Road.
     “The people stated they had gone to pick up someone from work and when they returned they found it on fire,” said Midtown Fire Chief Randy Scarborough. “I reckon they’ll be staying with relatives that live nearby.”

  • Hilltop Pawn Shop burglar charged

    STAFF REPORTS
    Harriman police have charged an 18-year-old female with breaking into Hilltop Pawn Shop.  
    Rachel Inman, 229 Roberts St., Harriman, was arrested on July 16. Court records said she’s charged with burglary, burglary/attempted and receiving or concealing stolen property. 
    According to one of the affidavits filed against Inman, an officer was dispatched to the pawn shop at 1212 South Roane St. in May to take a burglary report. The affidavit said the officer observed damage to the ceiling while on the scene.

  • Apply for energy assistance locally

    Applications are available for energy assistance at several locations.
    Clients must be responsible for paying their own energy cost.
    Those locations where applications are available include: Harriman Utility Board; the County Executive’s office in the Roane County Courthouse, Kingston; Oliver Springs’ Water Department; Riverbend Market in Midway at the intersection of Hwys. 58 and 72; Rockwood Electric Utility and the United Way office, Midtown.
    Applications also available online at www.mecaa.net

  • WATERY GRAVES? Civil War-era cemetery faces erosion from lake

    By DWANE WILDER
    dwilder@roanecounty.com
    Buddy Marsh has worn out countless lawn mowers and even a few chainsaws while taking care of Kindrick Cemetery.
    After being severely maimed in 1968 while attempting to drag a wounded comrade to safety, the Vietnam War veteran came home to Rockwood to try and rebuild his life.
    That’s when he began a labor of love that would continue the next 44 years at an historic burial ground next to his family’s farm on Watts Bar Lake.

  • District 2: 3 hopefuls for 2 seats

    In the District 2 Roane County Board of Education race, it’s may the best men win.
    Darrell “Drack” Langley, Frank Mee and Danny Wright are vying for the district’s two seats. 
    “The other two gentlemen that are running are friends of mine,” Wright said. “They’re great people. I have nothing bad to say about them in any shape, form or fashion.”
    Four years ago, Langley and Mee were unopposed when they ran for re-election in District 2, which includes Harriman.

  • County picks up small land parcel in Kingston

    Roane County government is buying another property near the jail in Kingston. This one is located at 212 Parks Ave.  
    A single-family home sits on the property, but the county doesn’t appear interested in using it for office space.
    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said the plan is to raze it and turn the property into a parking lot.
    According to state real estate records, the property has an appraised value of $48,100. 

  • Red Cross looking for Roane volunteers

    The American Red Cross East Tennessee Region is looking for volunteers in the Roane County area to assist with local disasters when they happen. 
    Volunteer duties would include, but are not limited to, opening disaster shelters and assisting those that have been affected by disasters, including victims of house or apartment fires, tornadoes, strong storms and more. 
    Volunteers would also have the opportunity to deploy on national disasters assignments if they would like. 

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Singing those rainy weather, faulty-mower blues

    This is the time of year the forces of nature and technology team up against me.
    Here’s what happens:
    Every year I vow that I am going to keep my yard — yes, even the steep, weedy back section — mowed and neat.
    Then July kicks in and the trouble starts.
    (Actually, the real trouble begins in June, when a drought spell invariably hits right before my vacation.)
    I realize that if I mow before I go, I’ll come back to a lawn of brown straw. So I leave without mowing.

  • Morgan swears threat happened

    Roane County property assessor candidate David Morgan insists he’s telling the truth about an alleged incident that happened near the courthouse on July 13.

    Morgan called 911 at 3:13 p.m. on July 13 and said incumbent property assessor Teresa Kirkham threatened to whip his (expletive) if he mentioned her name again.

    Morgan said his campaign volunteer, Mike Elmore, was standing beside him when Kirkham allegedly made her threat.

    Elmore vouched for Morgan’s story.  

  • Billie Cox Hale dies

    One of South Harriman’s most passionate historians is now a rich part of the history she so lovingly shared.

    Billie Cox Hale, who often wrote a column on the people of South Harriman, died on Tuesday, July 17, at University of Tennessee Medical Center. The former Harriman native, who was a member of Harriman Christian Church, had been living in Sweetwater.