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  • Break-in at Harriman church dampens holiday mood

    Parishioners at Trenton Street Baptist Church in Harriman were greeted by a disheartening sight when they opened the church’s doors Sunday morning.

    Someone had broken into the church through a window, then broke through a fiberglass pane in the door of the church office to gain entry and take items from inside.

    The church had been in the process of setting up a security system.

    “They took a security camera–digital recorder,” said Pastor Gene Nelson. “They got some cash — not a whole lot.”

  • Drinking incident discussed at commission

    Two former ambulance employees — one of them involved in an alleged drinking-on-duty incident — addressed the Roane County Commission during the public comment portion of Monday’s meeting.
    Robert Cooker resigned on Dec. 1.
    His resignation letter stated he left for health and other reasons.
    However, Cooker claimed he was forced out over an incident that involved alcohol.

  • Man dies in Lawnville car crash

    A 21-year-old Roane County man was killed in a car wreck Wednesday night. The accident happened at 2521 Lawnville Road at 10 p.m.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Heath L. Bailey of Harriman was traveling west in a Ford Mustang.
    “While negotiating a curve, the driver lost control and ran off the right shoulder of the roadway, striking a tree head-on,” the report on the accident said.
    Bailey was not wearing a seat belt.

  • Shopping or fire? Choice made easy

    The morning of Dec. 10 started in panic for Jane Ollis, but ended in joy.
    Ollis is the district supervisor for Rocky Top Markets. She is also the president of Operation REACH.
    Shortly before hundreds of REACH children and volunteers were set to show up at the Walmart in Rockwood, Ollis said she learned that a Rocky Top in Wartburg had caught on fire.
    The dilemma of trying to decide whether to go to REACH or the Rocky Top was overwhelming.
    Ollis said she contacted her boss, Rocky Top vice president Steve Poe.

  • New Guard chief has ties to 278th

    Chief Warrant Officer 5 Robert V. Davis has been named the new Command Chief Warrant Officer for the Tennessee National Guard.
     The Command Chief Warrant Officer is the principal advisor to the Adjutant General, and the Assistant Adjutant General-Army for the supervision, training and well-being of the Warrant Officer Corps of the Tennessee National Guard.
    Prior to his appointment, Davis served with the Tennessee National Guard’s Operations and Training Division focusing on Domestic Operations. 

  • New city hall hopes peter out in Harriman

    Harriman might have had some interest in the Regions Bank building for a future city hall, but officials voiced concern that their initial impressions of a potential profit were fleeting.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason shared the news when Councilman J.D. Sampson asked to have Treasurer Charles Kerley attend the auction on Thursday.
    “I did some research on this over the weekend. It appears what we first saw as a pretty good return on investment is not what we originally thought,” Mason said.

  • Commission rejects secrecy

    A move to weaken the state’s Sunshine Law doesn’t have the backing of Roane County.
    Commissioners let it be known on Monday by voting down a resolution that would have supported weakening the law.
    “I think we’re doing real well just like we are, and I don’t think we need to change anything myself,” Copper Bacon said.
    “I think it’s good that the citizens know when we’re meeting,” Nick Forrester added.

  • Book tells of city’s Utopian beginning

    Two years after the “Great Land Sale” that began what would become the city of Harriman, a book was printed detailing the city’s earnest beginnings.
    A copy of the book, “Two Years of Harriman, Tenn.,” is being donated to the Roane Heritage Commission by Bill and Marty Goolsby.
    “Bill is a historian. He likes stuff like that,” said his father Walt Goolsby, who shared the book.

  • A new, new city hall for Harriman?

    Harriman city offices moved the current city hall the summer of 2009, but one city council member is anxious to move into a more expansive setting.
    Councilman J.D. Sampson said the city may be able to get the Regions Bank property on downtown Roane Street that is being auctioned this week.
    The bank has a lease that would continue after the sale.
    “This one here is a lot better than what we had. Still yet it is no big building like that,” Sampson said at a recent city council meeting.

  • Byrkit participates in municipal training

    Kingston City Councilman John Byrkit and other municipal government officials participated in Level II of the Elected Officials Academy presented between Sept. 21 and Nov. 30.
     The curriculum of the Elected Officials Academy is developed to give the municipal official an overview of the varied aspects of his role as a municipal leader.