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  • Temperance Building a trendy haunt

    Harriman’s Temperance Building has seen many uses in its life — from the headquarters of the East Tennessee Land Co. that started Harriman, to universities and even a jail, when the Harriman Police Department was inside.

    It’s no wonder the historic building, named for the city’s roots as a  prohibitionist community, has become a

    popular site for ghost hunters.

    The most recent group, GHOST Paranormal Investigators, wants to showcase its ghostly evidence online.

  • Fort Southwest Point a spirited kind of place?

    By Mike Gibson
    Refusing to take a back seat to any of its sister cities, Kingston has produced evidence of its very own historically significant ghost.

    At the Jan. 10 session of Kingston City Council, council member Tony Brown reported that the GHOST Paranormal Investigations group — the self-proclaimed ghost-hunting outfit responsible for the recent discovery of an otherworldly entity in Harriman’s historic Temperance Building — has now detected the presence of a disembodied spirit at Fort Southwest Point.

  • Roane wants in interlocal group

    Roane County decided it wanted a seat at the table when counties get together to discuss how they plan to move forward following the dissolution of the Oak Ridge Reservation Local Oversight Committee.

    So instead of postponing another vote on a new interlocal agreement, the Roane County Commission approved a resolution on Jan. 9 agreeing to be part of the process.  

    “Roane County is one of the major stakeholders in this,” Commissioner Randy Ellis said. “We need somebody there at the table from day one.”

  • Harriman passes on annexing Child's Memorial, Emory Gap

    The communities of Emory Gap and Childs Memorial may be surrounded by the Harriman city limits but they’ll remain outside them — at least for now.

    Harriman City Council failed to approve a motion to move forward in the annexation proposed by Councilman J.D. Sampson, who has been advocating filling in those holes in their limits.

    “I would like to at least start with these two neighborhoods and get them in the city, and then we can work on looking at other properties to be annexed,” Sampson said.

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  • Roane County schools are closed today, Jan. 13
  • Goodwill to take over Seton thrift

    After three decades, Seton Thrift Store in Harriman will close its store on Jan. 28 and hand over the keys to Goodwill Industries.

    Since 1980, frugal-minded folks in Harriman — and all of Roane County — have frequented the store, which sells pre-owned clothing, furniture, toys and other items.

    The staff of six at Seton’s was made aware of the change on Monday.

    “I’m heartbroken,” store manager Renee O’Toole said. “I’m kind of at a loss for words.”

  • No wrong found in restrained man’s death

    An investigation by the District Attorney General’s Office found no wrongdoing in the case of a 26-year-old man who died while in the custody of Roane County Sheriff’s deputies and EMS workers.
    District Attorney General Russell Johnson informed Sheriff Jack Stockton of the findings in a recent letter.
    “There does not appear to be any wrongdoing or reason for criminal charges,” Johnson said. “This concludes our involvement with this matter.”

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Cranes worthy of appreciative audience

    The first time I heard the croaking overhead was near the lake in Kingston.
    I could see a string of large, long-necked migrating birds, but these clearly weren’t the Canada geese common in the area. Then a light bulb went off, and I knew just what I was seeing: sandhill cranes.
    Since then, I have been fascinated with these big lovelies.
    A few days ago, I traveled down to the Hiwassee near Dayton where hundreds of these birds congregate this time of year to feed and rest.