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  • Federal court hands down tough sentences for meth makers

    Wonder just how tough the federal courts are on people who manufacture the illegal drug methamphetamine?

    Just look at the sentence Kristi Miller received last week in U.S. District Court in Chattanooga.

    According to court records, Miller was given 240 months in prison for a guilty plea on  conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.  

    Miller was one of 21 defendants charged in a 264-count federal indictment last year.

  • Sounding of TVA siren no cause for alarm

    TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will test its ammonia warning alarm system on Wednesday, May 11, at about 11:15 a.m. 

    The test will be announced over the plant’s public-address system, and a siren will sound for three to five minutes.

    The public should not be concerned if they are near the plant at this time and hear the siren. 

    Notice of the alarm system test has been posted in local newspapers.

  • Malpractice suit settled

    The last malpractice lawsuit from when the city operated Roane Medical Center has been settled.

    The final lawsuit involved Roane Medical Center’s operation of the Emory River Geriatric Center for a patient admitted in 2008.

    The lawsuit alleged he was injured during the period he was admitted.

    Harriman City Attorney Harold Balcom said the city had money set aside from the sale of the hospital to Covenant Health, who will be opening a larger facility in Midtown, to agree to the terms of $50,000.

  • Property assessor may have competition

    Roane County Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham could face some competition if she seeks re-election in 2012.

    Cheryl Laxton, a local real estate agent, has filed a political treasurer statement with the Roane County Elections Office.
    Sheila Youngblood Brady is listed as Laxton’s treasurer.

    Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said the statement allows Laxton to raise money for the property assessor race, which will be on  the August 2012 ballot.

    Candidates won’t be able to file petitions to run until January, Holiway said.

  • Cornstalk Heights hosts meet-the-candidates event

    The Cornstalk Heights Historical Community Organization is sponsoring a “meet the candidates” session for people running for Harriman city offices.

    The event is Sunday at Killifer Park in the historic district from 2-4 p.m.

    Killifer Park is in the 600-block of Cumberland Street.

  • Downtown wedding party
  • Golf teams boost funds by washing cars
  • Thai Rotary members visit Roane County
  • Harriman considers alternate Midtown annexation proposal

    On Wednesday, Harriman officials will meet in special-called session at 6 p.m. to consider a resolution for annexation.
    The resolution is similar to a prior resolution proposed earlier this year,  with the exception of the removal of four parcels.
    The city is moving forward with a referendum to annex properties in Midtown, part of which already are under an annexation agreement.
    The new resolution exempting four properties isn’t because of any complaints.

  • Kingston Skyhoundz event postponed

    With just a short time to get ready, Kingston has postponed a championship Frisbee-dog event it hoped to hold on May 14.
    City parks and recreation director Rick Ross said staff had not had time to line up a sufficent number of participants, and is looking at possibly holding the event in the fall.
    “We will postpone to try for Oct. 1 during our country fair and reach out for more dogs,” Ross said. “We have a year to host and will try to combine with another event to draw more interest.”