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  • Fire department pitches in to help jolly old soul

    Santa has his hands full this time of year, so a few more volunteers can be appreciated.

    That’s why Harriman Fire Department personnel have decided to help the community’s youth get their messages out to Santa.

    Knowing the big guy well — he rides on the fire truck in the annual Christmas Parade — they decided to put a mailbox for him at Station 1 in downtown Harriman.

    “Santa Claus does come to the fire hall, and we all are pretty good friends,” Chief Brad Goss said.

  • Rockwood Christmas Tree lighting
  • ARTISTIC POWERS

    Anne Powers is a pro at making something out of nothing.
    Her studio, in the garage adjacent to her lake house, is filled with colorful, random and eclectic objects found and collected filling the shelves on the walls, creating an artwork in and of itself, all ready at her disposal for creating her art.
    “It’s nice to have a lot of space,” she said. “You know, I don’t have to worry about keeping it clean; I worry about keeping it functional, so I can get work done.”

  • New United Way director chosen

    Roane County United Way selected its new director last week, and she’s a familiar face at the agency.
    Amy Harmon was selected to replace former director Diana Knobloch and has begun training with Knobloch.
    Harmon was coordinator of the Earned Income Tax Credit outreach and Roane Alliance for Financial independence.

  • Bar gets off police trouble list

    The Grill & Pub is in compliance with the agreement it entered into in September, according to a letter Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton wrote to county Beer Board Chairman Copper Bacon last month.
    A man was killed in the Grill & Pub’s parking lot on July 23.
    Less than two weeks later, County Attorney Tom McFarland filed a petition to revoke the establishment’s beer permit.
    The petition said there had been “voluminous 911 calls regarding violence, drug activity, and/or other criminal acts” at the bar.

  • Police news: Delays, fake names and viruses

    The Milford Barnett murder trial has been continued again.
    Barnett, 54, is accused of killing his mother, Pearl Barnett, in April 2007. His trial had been scheduled to start on Tuesday.
    Assistant District Attorney General Bill Reedy said it was continued because the pathologist who worked on the case is now in Phoenix, and they had trouble getting him here. 

  • Cain calls it quits on presidential aspirations

    The only presidential candidate to visit Roane County has bowed out of the race for the GOP nomination.
    Citing a whirlwind of accusations that have followed him lately, Herman Cain announced on Saturday in Atlanta that he was suspending his campaign. The announcement came after an Atlanta woman went public with what was called a 13-year affair with Cain.
    “He made it very intriguing,” Ginger White told Fox 5 News Atlanta. “It was fun.”

  • Avoid these common credit mistakes

    Credit cards are almost a necessity during the holiday season. If you purchase gifts online, book air travel or reserve a rental car, you will need to use a credit card.
    It is important to remember that the responsible use of credit cards has a significant impact on your credit score and your ability to get favorable rates when securing a loan for a home or automobile.
    CredAbility shares common credit card mistakes consumers make.

  • Prom dress event is double good deed

    It may seem early to be thinking about prom, but it has been heavily on the minds of two Roane County High School teens and their friends from surrounding communities.

    They want to do something to both help those who cannot afford a costly dress and give back to society’s hungry as well.

  • Kingston-Rockwood water connect