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  • Christmas Lumber leader John Smith dies

    The longtime former chairman and president of Christmas Lumber Co.  has died.

    John W. Harvey Smith died last Wednesday, Nov. 27.

    A World War II and Korean War veteran who graduated from West Point in 1950, Smith first entered into business with his father-in-law James David Christmas at the Harriman lumber and hardware business before he later bought it.

  • Woman alleges fake police stop, is charged herself

    Courtney Rochelle Griggs, 23, was charged with filing a false report on Nov. 26 for allegedly lying about being stopped by a police impersonator.

    The Roane County Sheriff’s Office said Griggs filed the report on Nov. 25.

    “Griggs claimed to have been stopped by a subject dressed in a law enforcement uniform, driving an unmarked police car,” the report said. “She reported that she had her vehicle and purse searched on Decatur Highway just before the Coastal Market at the Decatur Highway/Loudon Highway junction.”

  • Clarification offered in DUI evidence gathering

    The 9th Judicial District’s new DUI prosecutor is giving police departments guidance on taking warrantless blood draws from impaired driving suspects.

    It’s a matter of timing.

  • New Hope Road accident

     

    A white Ford F-150 lay upside down in an embankment off New Hope Road near Caney Creek Wednesday morning. The male driver refused treatment at the scene.

  • Harriman Christmas Parade rescheduled again — to Dec. 16

    Due to sports programs already scheduled, the Harriman Christmas parade has again been rescheduled — this time to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.

    The parade, originally scheduled for tonight, was postponed to Tuesday, Dec. 10, because of the forecast of heavy rain this evening.

    The print version of the Roane County News has the incorrect rescheduled date. The second change was made after the Friday paper went to press.

  • Making math fun
  • Practice makes perfect

    Renaissance Terrace environmental service supervisor Erin Green got help from Harriman Fire Chief Brad Gross during the annual fire extinguisher hands-on training day at the facility. Renaissance Terrace works with Harriman Fire Department so that its staff will have experience with the safety equipment if a fire was to occur.

  • Let the Christmas parades begin

    Youngsters wave and throw candy from the Liberty Baptist Church of Kingston’s float in Kingston’s Christmas parade Monday evening. View more photos below in the multimedia section.

  • Kingston ready for ‘big one’

    Don White has a succinct and appropriate name for the planned intersection upgrade at Hwys. 58 and 70 — the single most significant project pending in Kingston right now at a half-million dollars.

    “The big one,” he calls it.

    White, Kingston City Council’s transportation chairman, had both in-person and mail correspondence with Tennessee Department of Transportation Regional Director Steve Borden this summer.

  • Rockwood wants voters to live there

    A proposal to allow Rockwood property owners who live outside the city limits to have a say come Election Day will not be going to the state assembly.

    Rockwood City Council approved a number of charter change resolutions to send to state Sen. Ken Yager and state Reps. Kent Calfee and Ron Travis this month to address a number of alterations to the city’s municipal code.

    Councilwoman Peggy Evans, who proposed the legislation to allow nonresidents who own city property to vote in Rockwood, was supported only by Councilman Mike Freeman.