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  • School canceled Wednesday due to anticipated bad weather

    With more inclement weather in the forecast, Roane County school officials decided to cancel classes Wednesday.

    “We just called it off,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. “We thought it was best to let people know as early as possible, so they could make arrangements.”

    The National Weather Service said a significant winter storm is expected to hit the area Wednesday through Thursday morning.

  • MAKING WAY FOR SAFETY BEACON

    Workers have been busy in the medians along the interchanges at Interstate 40’s exit 350 in Midtown.

    The work is in preparation for traffic signals that will go up this spring at the busy intersection on Pine Ridge Road.

    “Between 3 to 6 p.m. is when we have a bad problem,” said Harriman Mayor Chris Mason. “That is mainly what it is for.

    “I’m glad to have it.”

  • Harriman charter changes off to Nashville

    Several Harriman City Council members said they wish the city had held a public hearing on a resolution proposing changes to the Harriman City Charter.

    That didn’t stop the resolution, which includes provisions for a city manager form of government, from approval last week.

  • Bruner’s law license suspended for 90 days

    The Tennessee Supreme Court has suspended Harriman attorney Spence Bruner from practicing law for 90 days.

    “Mr. Bruner’s unethical conduct violated Rules of Professional Conduct 3.2 (expediting litigation); 3.4 (fairness to the opposing party and counsel); and 8.4 (misconduct),” a Feb. 4 press release on Bruner’s suspension said.

    The Court of Criminal Appeals had Bruner arrested after he failed to show up for a hearing on Sept. 18, 2012.

  • Students’ linear prose adds up

    Writing and math don’t always get paired together, but a group of Cherokee Middle School seventh-graders used their storytelling skills to illustrate linear equations.

    “More times than not, if they have something tangible they have to do with something they are better apt to remember it,” teacher Carrie Guy said. “The more hands-on, the better.”

    Noah Wheeler said it helped him putting math into words.

    “If you tell it in words, it is easier for me to remember, and typing helps me remember,” he said.

  • Grill-N-Pub up for beer permit — again

    The Roane County Beer Board is scheduled to meet on Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m.

    One of the items on the agenda is a beer permit application for Roma Christopher.

    She was scheduled to appear before the beer board last month, but her hearing was postponed.

    Roane County Attorney Tom McFarland said it was done at the request of Christopher’s attorney.

    Christopher’s application has been controversial because she’s planning to operate at the Grill & Pub under the name 27/61 Grill-N-Pub.

  • Woman accused of letting 11 kids drink, smoke pot

    A Harriman woman allegedly allowed 11 juveniles to drink alcohol and smoke marijuana during a birthday party at her home last year.

    Kimberly Lynn Hall, 47, faces 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. She was arrested at her home, 721 Dogwood Drive, last Wednesday.

  • Harriman Happenings, Feb. 10

    Get-well wishes to Pam Lively, who recently had surgery at University of Tennessee Medical Center in Knoxville.

    We will miss you, so hurry and feel better.

    We were saddened when we received the news that Robert Nabbe is very ill. He is a former resident of Harriman.

    Remember to keep him in our prayers. God still heals.

    Happy birthday to my great granddaughter, who celebrated her 20th birthday Feb. 6.

    My nephew, Dan Keith Anderson, will celebrate his birthday Friday, Feb. 14.

  • Kingston rewards positive behavior

    Balloons and streamers filled the dimly lit Kingston Elementary School gymnasium, accompanied by the smell of freshly made popcorn. Young girls huddled together, dancing and singing at the top of their lungs.

    Based on the smiles seen on both boys’ and girls’ faces, Kington’s Winter Dance on Jan. 27 was a success on many levels.

    School officials held the dance as part of their Schoolwide Positive Behavior system.

  • 72 days under the sea

    Two Roane State faculty members plan to live under the surface of the ocean for 72 days this fall semester.

    If successful, they will not only set a world record for living underwater, but will also provide a unique educational experience by teaching from their underwater quarters.