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  • Scam: No $1 million for life with this deal

    It seems like a well-known adage: Beware anyone who wants you to send money in order to make or receive money.
    But such scams persist, changing slightly but always with the same notion of sending a small amount of money to cover fees or taxes in order to receive your prize.
    Most recently, a Harriman woman contacted the Harriman Police Department crime hotline last weekend to let them know of a scam involving a claim to be from Publishers Clearing House.

  • Chamber seeks to expand high school career day

    When Roane County Schools Director Toni Mc-Griff said, “This has been the best Career Day!” at last year’s career fair for high school students, her words were taken as a challenge to make the 2012 High School Career Day even better.
    The Education and Workforce Committee of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce has taken up the challenge and is looking for additional businesses to participate in this year’s Career Day on March 30.

  • Dollar General employee’s alleged theft caught on camera

    STAFF REPORTS
    A 20-year-old woman who allegedly allowed her employer to be bilked is in trouble with the law. Helena Loraine Moore of 2306 Swan Pond Road was arrested on Jan. 27. She’s charged with theft.  
    According to court records, Moore allowed customers to leave the Dollar General Market in Harriman with $2,527.67 in merchandise on Jan. 12. The alleged crime was captured by the store’s security video.

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  • Warmley writing for broader audience

    “Harriman Happening’s” columnist Louise Warmley has always been involved and kept up with what was going on with community members long before she began writing her column in The Harriman Record.

    “It is good to be kind to people. It is good to be friends with everyone. I’m a people person,” Warmley said.

    It was that connection with others and her good friendship with the previous “Harriman Happening’s” writer, Linda Rittenhouse, that led to Warmley taking over the writing.

    In 1987, Rittenhouse’s store burned, and she was too overwhelmed to write.

  • OS assistant principal arrested

    Donna R. Moore, the assistant principal at Oliver Springs High School, was arrested in Morgan County for domestic assault against her husband Thursday night.

    Morgan County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Davis arrived at about 10:30 p.m. at the home Moore, 43, shares with her husband, 43-year-old Craig Moore, at 133 Authorn Sheldon Road in the Coalfield community.

    “The victim, Craig Moore, stated that his wife, the defendant Donna R. Moore, came home very intoxicated and began yelling at him,” Davis’ report said.

  • Rockwood hires Ruppe as recorder

    Former Morgan County Executive Becky Ruppe has a new government gig.

    With last week’s Rockwood City Council meeting drawing to an end, Mayor James Watts asked for and received approval to hire Ruppe as city recorder/grant coordinator.

    The city, however, had neither been looking for nor advertising the position, something Vice Mayor Peggy Evans and Councilman Mike Freeman said they would have preferred.

  • Agency strives to help families find right path

    Roane County isn’t isolated from homelessness, including families with young children struggling to find and keep a roof over their heads.

    That’s why Pathways Housing Services has been helping families find and pay for housing since 2006.

    Pathways’ goal is for those served to be able to maintain their own permanent housing once they graduate from the program.

  • Accident devastates horse owner

    The thump Jerry Keeney heard from inside his home on Jan. 10 was the clue that something bad had happened.

    “I said somebody’s had a wreck out there,” Keeney recalled. “I ran outside, and I saw my horse laying in the middle of the road and the car down the road about 40 feet.”

    The driver of the car was 18-year-old Caleb Wilson, a senior at Roane County High School and firefighter with East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department.  

  • Qualls no stranger to Roane in search for school director

    A familiar face will help the Roane County Board of Education in its search for a new director of schools.

    Toni McGriff, the current director, is retiring, effective June 30.

    The board voted 9-1 to hire Wayne Qualls to act as facilitator in the search for her replacement at the Jan. 19 meeting.

    Qualls, a former state commissioner of education, helped the board in its last search for a school director.