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  • Area soil district secretary charged with stealing more than $53,000

    An administrative secretary used a variety of schemes to steal at least $53,412.78 from the Morgan County Soil Conservation District, an investigation by the Comptroller’s Division of Local Government Audit has revealed.

    The administrative secretary, Sharlene Justice, forged signatures of the district board’s chairman on checks and timesheets dating back at least to 2008.

    The administrative secretary wrote checks to herself and to family members.

  • Deputy’s convicted killer up for parole

    From staff reports
    The man sitting in prison for the 1983 shooting death of a Roane County sheriff’s deputy is up for parole this month.
    Facebook postings linking to Deputy Dennis Armes’ Officer Down Memorial web page have been circulating, asking people to write letters appealing to the state’s parole board to deny parole for Frank McCall.
    The letter said McCall has already been denied parole on at least two previous occasions.
    His latest hearing is set for Monday, June 25.

  • Ex-co-worker tried to stop shooting

    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam said J.T. Woods had a conversation with former co-worker Lisa Billings before shooting himself at Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham’s house last Thursday.

    “He was just telling her he had messed up, and it was time for him to end it,” Washam said. “She was trying to talk him out of it.”

    Washam said Woods eventually asked Billings, who works for Kirkham in the assessor’s office, to help him count down.

  • U.S. Senate hopeful Overall: ‘This is an opportunity’

    One thing U.S. Senate candidate Park Overall doesn’t lack is a sense of humor.

    Her funny bone sparked several loud outbursts of laughter during a meet-and-greet at the Roane County Democratic Party headquarters in Kingston last week.

    “I’ve got a good one for guns,” she said. “I’m for all guns — as long as they were made at the same time as the amendment.”

    Another outburst of laughter came when someone in the crowd asked Overall if she had ever slashed any tires.

  • Free summer camp open to area children

    Looking for a cheap way to give children a fun experience this summer?

    The Salvation Army has a summer camp experience for children that doesn’t cost a thing.

    Parents in Roane and Morgan counties have until 5 p.m. Monday, June 12, to fill out an application for their child to attend the free summer camp the week of July 2-6.

    The camp is for children ages 7-12.

    Camp Paradise at Dale Hollow Lake is on 400 acres of woodland on the lake near the Kentucky and Tennessee state lines.

  • Miss Polk Salad having fun reign

    The last few weeks have been “fun and exciting” for Kassie Perkins.

    Since winning the Miss Polk Salad pageant on May 12, she’s got to pick out a new dress, participate in Harriman’s Memorial Day Weekend parade and meet a lot of new people.  

    “I knew there was a lot of community involvement with winning the pageant, and I like being a role model for younger people,” she said. “They see so much that’s not good on TV, and I think it’s important that they see a good role model.”

  • Don't spend: Harriman officials told it’s time to be even more frugal

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley had one major recommendation when recently talking about the city budget:

    Don’t spend.

    He’ll probably reiterate that Tuesday, when Harriman City Council is poised to vote on the 2012-13 budget on first reading.

    Kerley’s main concern is grants, particularly the pending progress of a grant project that has been a long time coming: sidewalk and lighting along Walden and Morgan avenues in the Cornstalk Heights area.

  • Deputy’s convicted killer up for parole

    The man sitting in prison for the 1983 shooting death of a Roane County sheriff’s deputy is up for parole this month.

    Facebook postings linking to Deputy Dennis Armes’ Officer Down Memorial web page have been circulating, asking people to write letters appealing to the state’s parole board to deny parole for Frank McCall.

    The letter said McCall has already been denied parole on at least two previous occasions.

    His latest hearing is set for Monday, June 25.

  • Fire dept. having fundraisers galore for utility vehicle

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss and his firefighters have had a busy season conducing various fundraisers, including hot dog sales at a recent Cruisin’ event downtown and a pancake breakfast, to raise money to buy a utility transport vehicle.

    The department’s next fundraiser is a cornhole tournament this weekend.

    The tournament, which will adhere to Cornhole Players Association rules, will start at 4 p.m. June 9 across from Harriman Fire Station 1 at 603 Walden Ave.

  • Bricks, ceilings give burglars access to shops

    A Harriman business burglarized for the second time this year on Thursday night is one of many businesses that have been hit in recent months.

    Custom Import Designs at 1205 S. Roane St. was broken into shortly after 10 p.m.

    Police reports were incomplete pending receiving information on what was missing.

    At press time, Harriman Police Department officials said they had done a search warrant Friday and had two juveniles in custody.