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  • Razing school raises nostalgia: Memories of Central plentiful

    Harriman Central Elementary hadn’t been open for years when the school officials decided over the summer to demolish the building.

    The recently completed demolition ended a chapter for those who walked its halls either as a student, teacher, parent or, in some cases, all of the above.

    “When I go down Roane Street, I don’t even look that way,” said Debi Henley, a Bowers Elementary teacher who served as Central’s final principal.

  • No school policy on restraining students

    Roane County Director of Schools Toni McGriff said the incident involving Harriman High School Principal Scott Calahan and a student was investigated, but she could not comment further for legal reasons.  

    “I can’t talk to you about any kind of student discipline issue,” McGriff said.

    She also said she wasn’t aware of an official school policy on use of force or restraining students.

  • Bowers plans garden for boys killed

    Bowers Elementary School is planning a memorial garden for two students who were killed in a  car accident this year.

    Gage and Jackson Brown, who were in the fourth and first grade, respectively, were killed along with their mother and infant brother in a fiery accident on Hwy. 61 in late August.

  • Teen suspended after incident

    A Harriman High School student was accused of assaulting Principal Scott Calahan on Oct. 27.

    However, the student and her father contend it was the other way around.

    The incident happened in the school gym. The student, Courtney Thomas, said Calahan had her cellphone, and she wanted it back.

  • Margrave Bridge removal firms up replacement resolve

    The bridge across the tracks on Margrave Drive may be gone but the hope that it may someday be replaced hasn’t diminished.

    Harriman City Councilman Lonnie Wright asked about the bridge at a meeting Tuesday.

    “Did anyone (in the city) approve the bridge being removed?” Wright asked.

    Mayor Chris Mason said no, and that he was still hopeful the state would come through with some assistance in funding the project. Mason said the cost should be less now that the railroad took it upon itself to remove the structure.

  • Nelson collecting court costs

    Long before she took office, Circuit Court Clerk Kim Nelson knew Roane County had a problem with collecting court costs.
    “People are assessed this money that they should pay, and they don’t pay it, and they’re walking away free without any punishment whatsoever,” Nelson said. “For years it’s just been accepted.”
    Not anymore. Nelson’s office has instituted a collections program for fines and court costs.

  • Rushing for the Lord

    Rockwood High school senior Ethan Headrick wants to be like former University of Tennessee and NFL great Reggie White on the football field.
    But more important, Headrick wants to be like White, an ordained minister, off the field.
    Headrick, a running back, has entered the ministry and preached last Sunday at his church, North Rockwood Baptist.
    He said he was at church camp in Myrtle Beach last December when he felt the calling.

  • Gallaher back in trouble with law

    Eric Glenn Gallaher continues to find it difficult to stay out of jail.
    The Harriman man with at least 19 arrests in Roane County was jailed in neighboring Knox County last month.
    According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, Gallaher was booked into the jail in the early morning hours of Oct. 22 after being stopped on I-40 East shortly around 11:30 p.m. on Oct. 21.
    He was charged with DUI and implied consent violation.
    He’s since been released.

  • Clock ticking on Harriman coordinator replacement

    Harriman only has until the end of next month to find a city coordinator, and the search has just started.
    City Coordinator Bob Tidwell is retiring this year.
    Harriman Mayor Chris Mason got approval of his request to form a committee to delve into a new job that combines the city coordinator duties with retail recruitment.
    “What I’d like to do is get a work group to get job qualifications,” Mason said. His idea was to use Tidwell’s position as a boiler plate and add the qualifications that they would like to see a new person have.

  • Application hints at new industry

    An application for a permit to disturb wetlands in Roane Regional Business and Technology Park may have hints to a major new industry here.
    The applicant is listed as CDP Development Inc., 1600 Division Street, Suite 670, Nashville. Panattoni Development Co. list that same address for its Tennessee office.