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  • Recycling revenues dropping

    Nearly 20,000 tons of trash came out of Roane County last year.
    More than 2,000 tons of recycling was diverted from the landfill.
    In the county’s more trashy days, residents produced as high as 59,000 tons of garbage.

    Ralph Stewart, the county’s solid waste coordinator, blames the financial climate.
    “When the economy is good, people are buying houses, tearing down houses,” Stewart said. “A lot of new things going up means we are tearing a lot of things down and throwing things away.”

  • Roane State offers free comedy show at Princess

    The public is invited to a free performance by comedian Larry Omaha on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.
    Presented by Roane State Community College’s Office of Student Engagement, Omaha’s show (suitable for young adults and older) begins at 7 p.m.
    Doors open at 6 p.m.
    Omaha’s entertainment career has included appearances on “Mind of Mencia,” “Comics Unleashed,” “Make Me Laugh” and in a variety of feature films.

  • Dawson acquitted in drug case

    Rodney Dawson, a 42-year-old Harriman man, was found not guilty of selling cocaine in a school zone on Tuesday. The case stemmed from a 2009 indictment.
    “He’s been waiting a long time for this to get off his shoulders,” said Dawson’s attorney, Donice Butler. “I’m hoping that the acquittal will help him move forward, find able employment and do well in the community.”
    Cynthia Wheeler and Timothy Wright are in federal custody for their roles in a Roane County prescription pill ring headed by John Goss.

  • Harriman man charged in dispute

    From STAFF REPORTS
    Ralph D. Moore, 121 Franklin St, Harriman, was charged with aggravated domestic assault after an incident at his home .
    The trouble began around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, police said..
    Harriman police were called to the address to check on the welfare of a Crystal Moore, the wife of the suspect.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Let us now praise the merits of flannel, fleece

    I’m such a chill baby.
    Even when temperatures inside are comfortable, the marrow in my bones seems to have an unnatural connection with the much chillier air outside.
    My joints stiffen and ache.
    This is why I have such a strong appreciation for modern textiles — despite many manufacturers’ shoddy work when it comes to piecing together women’s clothing.
    Flannel has long been a cool-weather staple, but I recently made two flannel purchases that just about rocked my chill-baby world.

  • Ross offers strength from arthritis

    Many people know Rick Ross as Kingston’s busy parks and recreation director.

    They’ve seen him at soccer fields, at Fourth of July events or around the community pool.

    But there’s something many may not know about him.

    Ross has a condition so severe that a doctor once offered to authorize a handicapped designation to make it easier for him to get around.

    Ross suffers from psoriatic arthritis, an autoimmune condition.

  • Butler disciplinary hearing put off

    Next week’s Tennessee Board of Professional Responsibility disciplinary hearing for Harriman attorney Donice Butler has been postponed.

    Rita Webb, the executive secretary for the board, said a conference call will be held on Monday to set a new hearing date.

    The board, which oversees the conduct of attorneys, has accused Butler of violating rules of professional conduct.

  • KINGSTON: Funding change means paving decisions could be more critical

    Kingston City Council considered repaving Kentucky Street, then pondered the future of its highway funds at the Nov. 5 council work session.

    The city gets  what are called Surface Transportation Program funds every year from the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

    The  money is to be spent for specific state road-related projects.

    The city learned its initial plan to spend around $330,000 on greenway amenities wouldn’t fly with state officials, though the greenway is a TDOT project.

  • Harriman man killed in Saturday accident

    Coy R. Slaven, a 35-year-old Harriman man, was killed in a Saturday morning car crash.
    According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, the wreck happened on Hwy. 27 at the intersection of Rock Bridge Road just after midnight.
    The report said Slaven ran off the road and struck a tree in his 1996 Ford Explorer.
    No other vehicles were involved in the wreck. The report didn’t say what may have caused Slaven to run off the road.
    He wasn’t wearing a seatbelt.

  • Beating back the bullies

    Despite school system efforts to control bullying, some say children seem more victimized than ever.  
    “I just don’t want my kids to become a statistic; grow up and be a threat to society because of their school life,” said  Benji Willis of Rockwood. “The last thing I want is for any kid to have a hard time at school or home.”
    Willis has seen the results of bullying on his own two children, a daughter and son. He thinks more could be done to  stop it.  
    For his daughter, it started in kindergarten.