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  • Inappropriate text messages to teen lands man in jail

    A Harriman man arrested last Thursday is accused of “sending inappropriate text messages to a 15-year-old female,” said Harriman Chief Randy Heidle.

    Benjamin Miller, 34, of 425 Byrd Ave., is charged with especially aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor.

    He was taken into custody after an investigation by the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force helmed by Harriman Detective Dan Schneider.

    Schneider said in an affidavit of complaint that Miller committed the crimes on or about Nov. 18, 2012.

  • Guge, Richardson town’s top cops

    Harriman Police Department’s Cody Guge and reserve officer Ridge Richardson were selected as 2012’s officer and reserve officer of the year, respectively.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said Guge has been an asset to the department since he became involved first as an Explorer.

    “In 2009, he was also Explorer of the Year,” Heidle said. “Cody has been through our system since the beginning. He is my very first officer that has went through my whole system.”

  • Brothers, pub owner deny responsibility for Harvey’s death

    David Lee Harvey has been accused of causing his own death by one of the defendants in his parents’ lawsuit.

    Harvey, 46, died outside the Grill & Pub on July 23, 2011.

    Eric Gallaher has been charged with voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault-bodily injury in his death. He allegedly punched Harvey after a minor fender bender in the parking lot.

    Gallaher, his twin brother Derek, cousins Devin Bertram and Anderson Wright and pub owner Grover Norton are defendants in the $3 million lawsuit.

  • Fatal bar fight to be vetted in two courtrooms

    David Lee Harvey was no threat to Eric Gallaher the night he died outside the Grill & Pub.

    That’s what Roane County Sheriff’s Office Detective A.E. Wolff concluded during his investigation into Harvey’s death.

    “Statements have been obtained from various witnesses, to include Gallahers’ relatives, which indicate that Harvey did not incite any violence and that Eric Gallaher did punch David Harvey, and Harvey never recovered from that blow,” Wolff wrote about the investigation.

  • Free food to feed Roane’s hungry

    Jerry Pickard is loaded down with bags of food, including those given to him by James Leatherwood and his mother, Jackie Leatherwood, during a food giveaway at Courts of Praise Church in Hariman on Friday.

    The church distributed 15,000 pounds of free food from Second Harvest Food Bank.

    Vehicles lined Sewanee Street as people waited for their turn to collect food.

  • Pinnacle Pointe negotiations possible

    Might there be a more amicable conclusion to the ongoing litigation between Harriman and the developers of Pinnacle Pointe shopping center?
    Harriman City Councilman J.D. Sampson got agreement from council to meet with Jerry Duncan and Steve Kirkham about the ongoing dispute which centers around a state audit that found the developers owed the city $234,685 toward public funds spent on private development.
    In response, the developers argued the city owes them about $274,000.
    Since then, both parties have claimed the other could owe substantially.

  • Partnership helps youth learn about health jobs

    Rockwood High School students interested in the health sciences now have opportunities to learn more about career paths and get volunteer hours to boot.
    Rockwood High School now has Explorer Post 3366, a new entity that started meeting monthly in October.
    Staff at The Bridge at Rockwood have done various demonstrations and talked about issues including the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.
    Students have also gained opportunities to job shadow employees, such as occupational and physical therapists.

  • Roane bucks trend, road fatalities are down in 2012

    Nine people died in traffic accidents in Roane County last year compared to 12 in 2011. That trend didn’t play out across the state.
    According to statistics compiled by the Tennessee Department of Safety, 1,013 died on the road last year, compared to  937 the year before.
    “The Tennessee Highway Patrol is continuing to place an emphasis on  seat belt and DUI enforcement, such as No Refusal, to address this increase,” said Dalya Qualls, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

  • Firefighters busy over New Year’s

    Harriman firefighters had a bustling New Year’s Eve, starting with a fire at 425 Clinch St. at 8:46 a.m.
    “The police officer that found it said fire was already coming out of the top and one of those windows,” said Harriman Fire Department Chief Brad Goss.
    When firefighters arrived, fire was coming from the attic and top floor on two sides of the house. The cause of the fire is still undetermined. There was no power to the home.

  • Looseleaf Laureate by Terri Likens: An appreciation for an unwanted bird

    The other morning, I stepped out onto the carport into an unmistakable clatter.From above came whistles, chirps, clicks  and a generally collegial din. I knew what it was even before I stepped out from under the carport roof.
    Lots of them.
    They were in my next-door neighbors’ trees and more were flocking to the trees across the street.
    If I had stuck around long enough to see, I’m sure a bunch would have filled the bare branches of my big maple.