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  • Grill and Pub application not on beer board’s agenda

    The Roane County Beer Board will consider three applications at its Sept. 10 meeting.
    One is for 2520 Roane State Hwy., Harriman.
    Claudia Norman was the previous beer permit holder at that location. Beer board secretary Bobbie Tipton said Norman passed away last month.
    Joyce Camille Fulsom is looking to operate from that location under the name D&J’s.
    Lehigh Gas-Ohio LLC is seeking a permit for two Rocky Top Market locations.
    One is at 104 Bluff Road, Kingston. The other is 2722 Roane State Hwy., Harriman.

  • Man jailed in stabbing incident

    A Rockwood man was still in jail last week on charges related to the Aug. 23 stabbing of another individual.
    Stephan Ameen Womack, 27, of 312 Furnace Ave., has a court date of Sept. 9 and is being held on a $25,000 bond.
    Rockwood Police Detective Dwayne Gray reported in his General Sessions Court affidavit of complaint that he responded to 824 Zumstein Drive on reports of a stabbed man.
    Johnathan Lawrence Elliot had been taken by EMS to University of Tennessee Medical Center for wounds to his arms and head, Gray reported.

  • Hooray for Harriman Labor Day festival tradition continues

    Hooray for Harriman’s Labor Day Festival is a tradition of family entertainment, and the same holds true as the festival kicks off
    at 10 a.m. today, Monday.
    “Hooray for Harriman is a true family friendly event,” said organizer Randy Ellis.
    “We have something for everyone,” he continued. “It’s a time for friends and family to come together and celebrate the love for our city.”

  • Prison scammer case continued

    A continuance was granted last week in the case of Rickey Kenneth Hubbard.
    He’s charged with 20 counts of criminal impersonation for a prison scam he allegedly perpetrated in Roane County in 2011.
    According to court records, Hubbard duped people into believing the Tennessee Department of Correction had contracted with Yates Construction Co. to build a prison in Swan Pond.
    Kingston police said people were interviewed, hired and believed work on the prison would start on Aug. 15, 2011.

  • Principal, a Boys Club alum, excited to kick off program

    Harriman Middle School Principal David Stevens is excited about the possibilities for his young charges as his school prepares to host the initial location of the Roane County Boys and Girls Club.
    “There is a dire need for middle school and high school for a program, an after-school program in which these kids can go to a safe place and they can learn from folks that have been involved with boys and girls many years that is not a school setting,” Stevens said.

  • Heroes for Harriman instill Lady Blue Devil pride

    Harriman High School’s girls basketball team will be in new digs this season.
    Harriman Lowe’s, along with others donating time and supplies, redid the locker space and other aspects of the Lady Blue Devils’ locker rooms last week.
    “The benefit for us here is reaching out in the community more locally,” said Harriman Lowe's manager Patrick McConnell of the Lowe's Heroes program.
    McConnell praised the program, which he said has been around as long as he can remember.

  • Need a decongestant? Got a prescription?

    A member of the over-the-counter drug industry called the prescription-only pseudoephedrine effort in Tennessee puzzling.

  • Humphrey, Wicks seek to hold onto judgeships

    Roane County General Sessions Court judges Dennis Humphrey and Jeff Wicks said they plan to seek re-election in 2014.
    A general sessions judge’s term last eight years.
    In 2006, Wicks, a former Secret Service agent, defeated Brenda Hall McDonald in the general sessions Part 1 race.
    Humphrey ran unopposed for general sessions judge Part 2.
    General sessions judges hear civil and criminal cases.

  • Sliding Airport Road worsening

    A shortcut into Rockwood known as Airport Road continues to be closed; officials believe the hillside the road sits on is sliding.

    State officials have been in to assess the situation, said Tony Brown, assistant to Roane County Road Superintendent Dennis Ferguson.
    “They have done their preliminary study,” Brown said. “The state seems to think it is like an upside-down ice cream cone. It is not just the road that is sliding.”

  • One GINORMOUS band event

    Roane County High School fans will get more than a high school band performance at Friday’s football game against Grace Christian.
    Austin Peay State University, which is playing against the University of Tennessee Volunteers in Knoxville on Saturday,  will be performing at the Kingston school’s half-time show Friday.
    The two bands will join on a couple of songs, including “America the Beautiful.”