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  • Annexation legislation good news for Midtown businesses, residents

    Many Midtown business owners have made no secret that they have no desire to be annexed into any city limits.

    So a proposed state law that would require annexation be subject to approval by the majority of the residents in the proposed territory is particularly good news to their fight.

    Harriman most recently was looking down the commercial corridor of Hwy. 70 and received some outrage from a number of small business owners.

  • Ellis out for clerk, seeking re-election to commission seat

    Some changes took place last week in the race for Roane County circuit court clerk.

    Randy Ellis withdrew from the race, and Sarah E. Stewart turned in her petition.

    Ann Goldston, who currently works in the office as a deputy clerk, is the only other candidate to qualify for the race.

    Ron Berry, Raymond Murray and Darrell Wayne Sproles have picked up petitions, but had yet to turn them in, according to the Roane County Election Commission website.

    The filing deadline is April 3. The withdrawal deadline is April 10.

  • Loud nude lovers arrested for public intoxication

    While on routine patrol earlier this month, Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Tyrel Lorenz reported finding a naked man and woman having sex in a parked truck on Old Everton Road.

    Teresa Gail Andrews, 45, and Stephen Ray Ausburn, 43, were charged with public intoxication and indecent exposure in the incident.

    Lorenz said the truck was parked partially in the road.

  • Plan for possible lane closures on I-40 at Harriman today, Tuesday

    Motorists traveling on Interstate 40 near the 347 mile marker at Harriman on March 24-25 are asked to be alert to possible lane closures.

    The lane closures are planned between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. each day as crews perform traffic shifts through an ongoing bridge repair project.

    Motorists are asked to use extreme caution through this area and be alert for slowed traffic and changed conditions.

    For more on travel conditions across Tennessee, visit www.tn.gov/tdot/tdotsmartway or call 511 from any land line or cellphone.

    The Tennessee Department

  • Rockwood KARM thrift store marks official opening

    Knox Area Rescue Ministries will officially open its new Rockwood KARM Store on March 28.

    A store dedication and ribbon cutting will take place at 11 a.m. in the store at 1496 N. Gateway Ave.

    KARM Stores offer gently used clothing, furniture and other household items.

    The Rockwood store is the 15th thrift store in the chain.

    “The KARM Stores are a valuable resource for the entire community,” said Knox Area Rescue Ministries President and CEO Burt Rosen.

  • Commodity foods distributed March 27-28

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods in March.

    The distribution for all areas will be at Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    The church is in the former Dagger Canoe building.

    Residents of Kingston and Harriman will pick up their commodity foods from 9 to 1 p.m. March 27.

    Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up commodity foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28.

  • Making learning special

    A few lucky sixth grade Cherokee Middle School students were the recipients of student dictionaries from the East Roane County Ruritan Club.

    "It is part of our charter to do community service," Clint Miller, foundation promotion chair, said. "We like to help people when we can."

    They donated 25 in their first time taking part in the dictionary project.

  • GUILTY

    A person doesn’t need to have a gun in hand to be in possession.

    Rocky Houston found that out this week when a federal jury found him guilty of a federal weapons charge.

    “The law recognizes two kinds of possession: actual possession and constructive possession,” U.S. District Judge Danny Reeves instructed jurors on Wednesday. “Either one of these, if proved by the government, is enough to convict.”

    That’s exactly what the jury did — finding Houston guilty of being a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

  • Daycare just for school workers

    Roane County Schools plans to study the feasibility of running a daycare service for faculty and staff at Kingston Elementary School.

    Director of Schools Gary Aytes brought the recommendation to the Board of Education earlier this month.

    It was approved unanimously.

    “It will be done through the BASP (Before and After School Program),” Aytes said. “All this would do is give us the permission to go ahead and do the study this summer and bring back to the board a proposal as we see that this is feasible to do.”

  • Kids club gets game consoles

    Harriman police are going to put seized computers and game consoles to good use.

    The technology, which was seized after investigations by the department’s Internet Crimes Against Children unit, will be donated to the Roane County Boys & Girls Club.

    “I think it is great. They are in need of technology,” Mayor Chris Mason said.

    The donated items included 10 desktops, three laptops and three Xbox game consoles.