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  • Miss Polk Salad having fun reign

    The last few weeks have been “fun and exciting” for Kassie Perkins.

    Since winning the Miss Polk Salad pageant on May 12, she’s got to pick out a new dress, participate in Harriman’s Memorial Day Weekend parade and meet a lot of new people.  

    “I knew there was a lot of community involvement with winning the pageant, and I like being a role model for younger people,” she said. “They see so much that’s not good on TV, and I think it’s important that they see a good role model.”

  • Don't spend: Harriman officials told it’s time to be even more frugal

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley had one major recommendation when recently talking about the city budget:

    Don’t spend.

    He’ll probably reiterate that Tuesday, when Harriman City Council is poised to vote on the 2012-13 budget on first reading.

    Kerley’s main concern is grants, particularly the pending progress of a grant project that has been a long time coming: sidewalk and lighting along Walden and Morgan avenues in the Cornstalk Heights area.

  • Deputy’s convicted killer up for parole

    The man sitting in prison for the 1983 shooting death of a Roane County sheriff’s deputy is up for parole this month.

    Facebook postings linking to Deputy Dennis Armes’ Officer Down Memorial web page have been circulating, asking people to write letters appealing to the state’s parole board to deny parole for Frank McCall.

    The letter said McCall has already been denied parole on at least two previous occasions.

    His latest hearing is set for Monday, June 25.

  • Fire dept. having fundraisers galore for utility vehicle

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss and his firefighters have had a busy season conducing various fundraisers, including hot dog sales at a recent Cruisin’ event downtown and a pancake breakfast, to raise money to buy a utility transport vehicle.

    The department’s next fundraiser is a cornhole tournament this weekend.

    The tournament, which will adhere to Cornhole Players Association rules, will start at 4 p.m. June 9 across from Harriman Fire Station 1 at 603 Walden Ave.

  • Bricks, ceilings give burglars access to shops

    A Harriman business burglarized for the second time this year on Thursday night is one of many businesses that have been hit in recent months.

    Custom Import Designs at 1205 S. Roane St. was broken into shortly after 10 p.m.

    Police reports were incomplete pending receiving information on what was missing.

    At press time, Harriman Police Department officials said they had done a search warrant Friday and had two juveniles in custody.

  • Daycab Co. Roane’s Industry of the Year

    A family-owned industry was honored last week as Roane County’s 2012 Industry of the Year.

    “Daycab Co. is a small, but strong company that has grown slowly, but surely, into an important player in the Roane County Industrial Park community,” said The Roane Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson.

    The award was presented to Daycab owner Marc Wagers during the Roane County Industrial Development Board’s annual Industry Appreciation Breakfast on Roane State Community College’s main campus in Roane County.

  • Candidate kills self

    Roane County property assessor candidate J.T. Woods shot himself in the head at Property Assessor Teresa Kirkham’s house Thursday morning.
    He was later pronounced dead at Roane Medical Center.
    Woods was 56. 
    Kingston police called his death a suicide as a result of the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
    Assistant Police Chief Gary Nelson said a note with the words “good bye everyone” was found in Woods’ vehicle.

  • Other assessor candidate withdraws

    Citing personal reasons, Roane County property assessor candidate Cheryl Laxton announced this week that she was suspending her campaign.
    “I’ve been asked to take care of my mother and being that I’m the only child that is in the position to stay with her 24/7, I must do this,” she said.
    Laxton said her mother is “ill and needs care.”
    “I lost my dad in December 2008, and I’ve always felt that I didn’t do enough for him, and I won’t let this happen with my mother,” she said.

  • Young Marine from area dies

    A young man who joined the U.S. Marine Corps after his graduation from Oliver Springs High School died while serving at the base in Quantico, Va.
    The obituary of Donald Edward Bowlin, 19, said the Harriman teen died on Monday, May 21.
    The cause was not initially clear.
    Bowlin shared the pride he had in joining their ranks while nearing his graduation only a year ago when he was interviewed with other high school seniors who planned to or already had enlisted with different military branches.
    Being a Marine was his  longtime dream.

  • $210,000 for new sheriff’s cars

    The vehicle replacement program for the Roane County Sheriff’s Office will continue in the 2012-13 fiscal year.
    During a meeting with Sheriff Jack Stockton and Chief Deputy Tim Phillips on Tuesday, the budget committee voted to earmark $210,000 for new sheriff’s vehicles in the upcoming budget.
    “The sheriff’s office needs more newer, reliable vehicles than the other departments,” County Executive Ron Woody said. “He kind of gets first dibs on new ones, and some of his replacements get shifted down to other departments.”