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Local News

  • Several area fires strike over holiday

    A Harriman family woke up earlier than expected Friday morning.

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said his department received a call about a fire at 106 School St. around 2 a.m. Friday. Three children and two adults were able to make it safely out of the home.

    “They have a real reason to be thankful,” Goss said.

    The fire started when items were left on the floor furnace and caught on fire.

    “The father of the family tried to extinguish the fire as much as he could,” Goss said.

  • Kingston PD spreads holiday cheer

    Thanksgiving was saved for a lot of Roane County families thanks to this year’s annual Hands of Mercy food bank and Kingston Police Department food drive.

    A steady stream of cars made their way to Kingston City Park Wednesday to pick up their box filled with all the trappings to make a Thanksgiving meal for their family.

    “I appreciate it a lot. It really helps,” said Barbara Mobley.

    For many, it’s been a tough year.

  • Forum to help women with negotiating

    A University of Tennessee expert will discuss "The Basics of Negotiation for Women" during a free forum on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 3:30 p.m. at the college's Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.

    The forum, presented by the Social Science, Business and Education Division, will be held in room 107 in the new Goff Health Sciences and Technology Building. The public is invited.

    Mary Mahoney, assistant director of recruiting, University of Tennessee Career Services, is speaker.

  • Election commission refuses to pay for paving

    Roane County Rescue Squad building on Hwy. 58 could serve as the Fairview voting precinct in future elections. The gravel parking lot and gravel road leading up to the building would need to be paved for that to happen.

    “The Election Commission has decided that once they get it in the shape where people can get up and down the hill and the lot out there is paved, we’re going to use it as a voting precinct,” Roane County Administrator of Elections Charles Holiway said.

  • Harriman attorney faces additional disciplinary action

    The Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility has filed another petition for discipline against Harriman attorney Donice Butler. This one is over comments she made to the Roane County News in April, when she alleged the hearing panel members that ruled in her previous disciplinary case were bought off by the board.

    “Ms. Butler’s statements were made with reckless disregard for truth or falsity in that she had no evidence that any type of compensation was paid to the hearing panel members in exchange for a favorable ruling,” the petition said.

  • Crematory owner indicted for drugs

    A woman facing charges in Morgan County over a pet crematorium now faces legal trouble in Roane County.

    Cameo Andrea Farr was indicted by the Roane County grand jury on Oct. 20 for sale and delivery of a Schedule II drug.

  • Webinar gives tips on continuity plan

    Failure to inform and prepare employees for disasters is one of many common mistakes entrepreneurs make when doing business continuity planning. Not being adequately insured is another oversight that can lead to the failure of your business. Get free tips on ways to avoid these and other costly errors at a free webinar hosted by Agility Recovery and the U.S. Small Business Administration on Tuesday, Dec. 9. True stories about business owners' pre-disaster missteps, plans not followed and lessons learned will also be discussed.

  • Beer licenses could be yanked for noise

    Kingston City Council members hope they’ve solved an ongoing noise problem with an ordinance change that will allow officials to punish noise offenders where it hurts.

    Council passed on second reading Nov. 11 a measure that links the city’s noise ordinance with its beer ordinance.

    What it means is that noisy nightspots will have to turn the volume down when the peace of neighboring residents is threatened or else face more serious sanctions.

  • Collections scam targeting VEC

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative is warning its ratepayers that callers claiming to be with the cooperative’s collections department are scam artists. Businesses have reported receiving calls from individuals who say their power will be disconnected if they do not pay immediately by purchasing a cash card.

    “VEC does not make these types of collections calls,” stressed Robert McCarty, VEC communications coordinator. “Customers should be advised to call law enforcement immediately.”

  • Midway High takes care of soldier alumni

    Thirteen Midway High School graduates serving in the armed forces will be getting care packages from their alma mater.

    The  special deliveries were a labor of love from students of each first period class at Midway High School.

    “It is just really good to be helping out somebody, especially that we know,” said Daxia Shultz.

    “We do a service project every year, and this is one we thought would be good for all the service members we have here,” said teacher Whitney Moore. She said they have 17 more boxes to do in the spring.