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  • Police nab mom for dropping kid while intoxicated

    From staff reports
    A Rockwood mother was arrested last week on public intoxiation and child endangerment charges after a 911 caller claimed to see her repeatedly drop her toddler at Roane County  Park.
    Leigh Ann Barnett, 31, of 133 Teague Road, was taken into custody on Sept. 22 at the park’s splash pad.
    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Hohulin reported that he found Barnett sitting on the concrete, trying to reach her 15-month-old son.

  • School tops in growth

    Harriman Middle School will be getting a visit from Tennessee Department of Education officials this year because of the school’s improvements in seventh-grade language arts.
    The school did extremely well this year in its Tennessee Value Added Assessment System scores.
    “Harriman Middle School finished the top 10 in the state last year in their growth (overall),” said Roane County Schools Director Gary Aytes.
    The report assesses the schools in both achievement and value added.

  • Be still, my beating wings

    It’s rare to see a hummingbird with its wings stilled. It’s even rarer to capture the image with a camera. But that’s just what Roane Newspapers photographer Kaitlin Keane was able to do late last week in Harriman. While on assignment at Harriman Care and Rehabilitation Center, Keane noticed the agile little creature in its atypical resting pose at a feeder, and she couldn’t resist snapping before the constant movement began anew.

  • Residents dolling up for Branson vacation

    Two Harriman Care and Rehabilitation residents will get to glam it up in Branson, Mo., next week.
    Peggy Poland and Barbara Redick will join other Signature Healthcare facility residents for a fun vacation.
    “I’d like to gamble some,” said feisty Peggy Poland.
    Redick, meanwhile, is known for her love of music and looks forward to the entertainment. She is a regular at karaoke and is often joined by friends who visit her from the community. They sing songs they recall singing along with as teens driving around town.

  • Syrian pastor to speak in Kingston

    The Rev. Butros Zaour, a pastor of the Evangelical Church of Damascus, Syria, will speak in Bethel Presbyterian Church, Kingston, at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3.
    The presentation is part of the Presbyterian Church (USA) International Peacemakers Program.
    Zaour was born in the northern Syrian town of Aleppo.
    He graduated from the American College, Aleppo, and obtained his divinity degree from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon.

  • Bowman tells story of American Revolutionary War hero

     

  • Vandy to continue major research on vaccines, treatment

    Vanderbilt Vaccine Research Program has received a contract from the National Institutes of Health to continue its work as one of the nation’s Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units.
    Vanderbilt is one of nine institutions that have the potential to receive funding up to $135 million per year from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the NIH, over a seven-year period.

  • Rockwood official claims inspector-hiring illegal

    Rockwood City Councilwoman Peggy Evans expressed her suspicions of Sunshine Law violations during a vote that established Harold Ishman as a part-time building inspector.
    When the resolution was put to the vote to hire Ishman, a former Rockwood City Council member, Evans disapproved.
    She also made the accusation that council members were asked in advance if they would vote for Ishman.
    “In fact, I want to file breaking of the Sunshine law,” Evans said.

  • Harriman considers charter changes

    A city manager form of government is again being discussed in Harriman.
    Councilman Ken Mynatt said he’d talked to the area state legislators, who told him they should get any charter change proposals to the state as soon as possible.
    “Time is kind of of the essence,” Councilman Lonnie Wright agreed.
    Councilman Buddy Holley got input from council members, which he incorporated into a proposal. They discussed it at lastweek’s  workshop.

  • Some lines clear, others blissfully blurred

    Decades ago, I lived in Cumberland Gap, a historic little town split between the Old Dominion and the Volunteer State.
    I’ve straddled the Tennessee-Virginia line aplenty.
    But last weekend, on State Street in Bristol, the dual-state thing was a bit  more literal.
    I stood — and even strode — with one foot in Tennessee and the other in Virginia.
    For blocks, the street through the well-preserved downtown has bronze markers embedded in the center to make sure you know which side is whose.