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  • Parker elected for schools, leaves city legacy of progress

    Harriman voters elected Earl Parker as mayor more than 40 years ago for his pro-city-schools platform, but his work brought the city a couple of advances it continues to enjoy.

    “He was the first mayor to hire a city recreation director,” noted Chipper Dunn about his close friend, 72, who died Jan. 13.

    “We had programs, but most of it was ran by a group of people or civic clubs” before Parker appointed Bill Morgan to the position, Dunn added.

  • Fund established for hurt firefighter

    Donations are being sought to help cover the medical expenses of a local firefighter who was injured in a bad car wreck earlier this month.

    Andrew Murray, a captain with the East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department, said the Caleb Wilson Fund was started at Enrichment Federal Credit Union last week.

    Murray said people wishing to help can stop by any Enrichment branch to make a donation.  

  • McCoin: Facebook group not a tool to kick off Ellis bid

    Swan Pond resident Sarah McCoin insists a Facebook group she started wasn’t about helping her friend mount a campaign for the state House seat held by Rep. Julia Hurley.

    The group is called “Tell Tennessee House Reps: Keep Roane County Together.”

    Less than a week after it was started, the House approved the redistricting plan that splits the county between the 31st and 32nd districts.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Worried about middle age? Celebrate, instead

    I was up the other morning at 4:30, trading fitful sleep to deal, head-on, with the nagging swirl of thoughts drifting through my subconscious.
    I brewed a pot of coffee, pulled my favorite mug from the cupboard, poured a steaming cup and got to work.
    Such is life these days.
    I wonder if these early, often unwelcome, awakenings are a natural part of life at middle age or simply prompted by the sheer busy-ness of my work and personal life.
    No matter.
    It is of middle age, not lack of sleep (ugh) or coffee (joy!), I come to write to you today.

  • Schools respond to bullying lawsuit

    Melissa L. Hunka filed a $5 million federal lawsuit against Roane County Schools in November, claiming her son was subjected to repeated bullying at Walnut Hill Elementary School. 
    The school system filed an answer to the lawsuit on Tuesday, denying Hunka’s allegations. 

  • County whole in district

    The reshaping of the state’s congressional districts makes Roane County whole.
    “I’m glad to see us back together again,” said state Sen. Ken Yager.
    Roane County had been split between the 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts. The redistricting plan approved by state legislators earlier this month puts the entire county in the 3rd District.
    Yager, a Harriman Republican, praised the move because it means Roane County and Oak Ridge will no longer be in different districts.

  • Roane State to hold health care job fair

    Employers are invited to participate in a Feb. 29 job fair for Roane State Community College students who are pursuing careers in health care and plan to graduate this year.
    The fair is planned from 2-5 p.m. at Roane State’s Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave.
    Employers are asked to register online, and there is no registration fee. To register, visit www.roanestate.edu/placement and click on the Job Fair link.

  • OUR OPINION: Kingston right to go for grant for sidewalks

    Good for Kingston.

    City officials there are pursuing a grant for sidewalks in an area that desperately needs them.

    Many of the residents of Kingwood Street, which would get the sidewalks if the grant is approved, are lower-income families.

    They often walk to nearby Kentucky Street, Kingston’s busiest a busy thoroughfare, to take advantage of stores, restaurants and other businesses.

  • Harriman man held on murder charge

    A Harriman man has been indicted in Sevier County for first-degree murder, according to The Mountain Press.  

    Anthony Travis Richards is charged in the death of Derek Ogle, who was found stabbed at Gatlinburg Town Square in May of last year.

    Ogle was taken to LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, where he was pronounced dead.

    Police said Richards was taken into custody at the scene.

    The Mountain Press said the Sevier County grand jury returned the first-degree murder indictment against Richards last week.

  • Traffic pattern changes at Rockwood's cloverleaf intersection

     

    Drivers navigate the rerouted traffic pattern around Rockwood’s cloverleaf at the junction of Hwys. 70 and 27 Wednesday afternoon. Motorists should use caution as people get used to the change, made in conjunction with the ongoing widening project of Hwy. 70 toward Midtown.