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  • Pain clinics not welcome in Kingston

    By Mike Gibson
    Kingston officials want to send a strong message to pain-management clinics that might even consider calling the city home.

    That’s why City Council made a motion last week to take such prospective clinics out at the knees.

  • A new month, a new arrest: Knox charges send Gallaher back to jail

    Eric Glenn Gallaher was arrested on Thursday for failing to comply with the conditions of his pre-trial supervision.

    Gallaher, 31, was released from jail on a $50,000 bond in late July following his arrest for reckless homicide.

    He was required to follow several conditions, including not being charged with any offenses.

    Gallaher, of 338 Washington Drive, Harriman, ran afoul of that condition last month when he was arrested in Knox County for DUI and implied consent violation.   

  • 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.