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  • Burned-out house sparks action

    Carter Street residents troubled by the charred remains of a neighboring home will soon have their hopes answered.
    The Harriman City Council voted to demolish what is left of the structure at 316 Carter St., where fire more than a year ago heavily damaged the home.
    The building may be gone as soon as the end of the year, thanks to the vote last week.
    “It will make that neighborhood pretty happy down there,” said Councilman Ken Mynatt.
    Neighbors had complained to council members about the home owned by Carolyn Daniels.

  • Oliver Springs’ October Sky Fall Festival is Saturday

    Oliver Springs is having its fifth October Sky Fall Festival Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    The festival plays off the popular movie of the same name, much of which was shot there.
    This year’s festival includes a 5K race, food and craft vendors, car and quilt shows, live music throughout the day, rocket launch, a historical tour of the town and a re-enactment of the infamous Pony Cash shootout.

  • Harriman officials hold ‘salty’ talk

    Harriman officials’ desire to consider going to brine, a liquid alternative to salt for icy roadways, was detoured when a decision on ordering salt turned out to be more pressing than realized.
    Harriman City Council voted to move forward with getting a contract for 100 tons of salt at its recent meeting.
    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley said many area salt providers have already contracted out most of their salt supplies. Either the city would need to move fast to get a contract or go on a waiting list.

  • Dog rescue mixes family, community

    “Welcome to chaos,” Stephanie House, 64, said upon entering her and her husband John’s Dogwood Animal Rescue Monday afternoon.

    The House family has operated their rescue facility, a licensed foster program through Boston Terrier Rescue of East Tennessee, from their home on Dogwood Road in Rockwood’s Ozone community for the past two years.

  • Ohio exotic animal mess gets Roane attention

    Emergency officials in one Ohio town had their hands full earlier this week after dozens of wild animals, including lions, tigers and bears, were let loose from a sanctuary.

    “These animals were on the move,” Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said during a press conference Wednesday. “They were showing aggressive behavior. Once the nightfall hit, our biggest concern was having these animals roaming.”

    Reports said the owner of the sanctuary let the animals out of their cages before shooting himself.

  • Man charged in fatal car accident

    Dylan Seth Headrick, 20, was arrested Wednesday on charges of vehicular homicide.

    On June 20, Headrick, who was 19 at the time, was traveling north on Gateway Avenue near Jerry’s Bait Shop in Rockwood when he collided head-on with Rockwood resident Nancy Hill.

    LifeStar confirmed Hill dead while preparing to transfer her to medical facilities in Knoxville.

    Headrick was transported via LifeStar for a puncture wound.

  • Handling of bike fatality case draws praise from widow

    The widow of an Oak Ridge man who was killed while riding his bicycle was appreciative of how the District Attorney General’s Office handled the case.

    On Aug. 25, 2009, John Daugherty was riding his bicycle on Gallaher Road when he was struck by a Toyota Tacoma driven by Anthony Justin Patterson of Molino, Fla. Daugherty died at the scene.

    Patterson was later indicted for criminal negligent homicide and a bicycle protection charge.

  • Farmer, Ruppe pitch to Rockwood

    Three candidates well versed in local government rounded out the interviews for the city administrator position in Rockwood.
    The final interviews involved former Roane County Executive Mike Farmer, former Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe and former Crossville administrator Jack Miller.
    Rockwood City Council will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday to select a candidate from the seven interviewed.

  • LOC vote is tabled

    A resolution to dissolve the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee has been tabled.
    The decision, made by the watchdog committee’s board of directors last week, may have come down to a simple matter of math. 
    “Mayor Tom Beehan of Oak Ridge was instructed not to vote to dissolve the LOC,” Board Chairwoman Ellen Smith said. “I think they (supporters of dissolution) were counting around the room and realized they didn’t have enough votes.”

  • Tidwell leaving a legacy of success

    After years of helping Harriman navigate bureaucratic red tape, Harriman City Coordinator Bob Tidwell will be retiring at the end of December.

    “I’m tired,” Tidwell said. “It’s not anything to do with anybody or anything.

    Tidwell has snowy hair, but with his exuberance and friendly penchant for talking, he hardly looks his age.

    Tidwell spent years in the government sector including in public works at Rockwood and at the Harriman City School System.