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  • Harriman eyesores may help feed the city's hungry

    Property that many consider a blight on Harriman’s curb appeal may soon be the source of green, leafy nutrition for family tables in the city’s communities.

    “It is called community-supported agriculture,” said Harriman City Council member Chase Tedder.

    Tedder embraces the plan, which was recently introduced by council member Ken Mynatt as a way to put vacant lots in the city to good use.

    Mynatt said the project could take off when a few of the burned-out homes that have been left standing are removed.

  • Alliance bldg. bought, paid for

    The Roane Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson, left, leads Jim Henry, Jim Gann, Jerry Duncan, Steve Kirkham and Jerry Stephens in a “burn the note” ceremony Friday at the Alliance office in Kingston.

    An anonymous donor provided the funds for the Alliance to pay off its mortgage in return for a 10-year commitment on the organization’s part to ensure that the building will stay well-maintained and well-equipped.

  • Appellate court upholds Howard conviction

    The Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a judge’s decision to sentence Bryan K. Howard to eight years in prison.

    Howard pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide in the death of Bradley K. Lively. He had a blood alcohol level of .10 when he killed Lively in a July 2007 car crash.  

    Roane County Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen denied all forms of alternative sentencing when he sentenced
    Howard in March of last year.

    In his appeal, Howard argued that Eblen erred in denying all forms of alternative sentencing.

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  • Utility customers protest high bills

    Almost 60 disgruntled Harriman Utility Board customers turned out Tuesday evening to express their dismay over the cost of their utilities.

    The crowd filled the American Legion Hall directly behind the utility board offices, where they listened to others and shared stories of their own experiences with the utility.

    Local attorney Donice Butler, who organized the event, said she was seeking answers to the many questions and speculations about utility practices.

  • Inmate likely died of natural causes

    The District Attorney General’s Office said an investigation into a death at the Roane County Jail will remain open pending the final autopsy results.

    Inmate Robert Allison Harrison, 50, died on April 8.

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  • PROM SEASON: Getting fit for formalwear

    Many young men from Roane County High School stopped by Oran’s Flower Shop Wednesday for last-minute tuxedo fittings before their prom Saturday.
    The consensus among the dapperly-dressed gents was this: They’re in it for the experience.
    “It’s a high school thing,” junior Austin Jones said.
    Senior Darik Brackett said he looks forward to embarrassing his date with his “funny” dancing.
    Oran’s employee Tammi Cribbs good-naturedly assisted them.

  • Rockwood eyes another engineer to head utilities

    Rockwood Water, Sewer and Gas Board members didn’t get their first pick, but they may yet have their civil engineer.

    The Rockwood City Council, sitting as the water board, approved offering the job to Kimberly E. Ramsey, who worked many years as a town engineer and in public works at Farragut.

    “Hopefully, we got a bargain tonight,” said council member Bill Thompson about Ramsey, who sat for a lengthy interview with council members on Monday.