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  • Walnut Hill says goodbye

    Schools across the county are closing their doors for the summer.

    For Walnut Hill Elementary School in Harriman, this will be their last time.

    When the new school year rolls around, the students and faculty will join Bowers Elementary School. This change spurs mixed feelings for the Walnut Hill community.

    “I think it’s going to be a great thing,” said principal Kevin Ayers. “From some of the ones (students) I’ve talked to, they’re pretty excited about it.”

  • Inspection changes in store for Tiger Haven

    Officers with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency may not be the only ones entering Tiger Haven in the future.

    A bill that allows a representative from Roane County to accompany the agency on inspections passed the Tennessee House of Representatives 89-2 on Wednesday.

    The Senate passed the bill 32-0 in March.

    Tiger Haven is a sanctuary for big cats in East Roane County. Other species held there include lions and cougars.

    Some nearby residents and county officials have been at odds with the facility for years.

  • Jail gets thumbs up after inspection

    The Roane County Jail was given a clean bill of health during a May 5 inspection by the Tennessee Corrections Institute.

    “The jail is being well maintained and the lieutenant and her staff should be commended for a job well done,” jail inspector Barry G. Suttles wrote in his report.

    “We’ve worked really hard,” jail Lt. Maretta McNichol said. “It takes everybody.”

    The jail has a certified capacity of 172 inmates. The population the day of the inspection was 155.

  • Stabbing, headlock and hiding in the attic

    STAFF REPORTS
    Attics are commonly used for storing seasonal decorations and unwanted personal things. Christopher Yarnell used it as a hiding place to avoid arrest, according to a sheriff’s office incident report.
    Officers went to 1342 Mountain View Road on May 16 to arrest Yarnell on outstanding warrants.
    The report said Harley Sedman told officers that Yarnell was not at the residence.

  • Early voting
  • Four vie for three seats in Kingston

    Three open seats, four capable candidates.

    That is the enviable situation Kingston voters will face in the June 7 city council election.

    Recently all four, including incumbent Norm Sugarman, appeared for a city-sponsored candidate forum. Also running is Tony Brown, John Byrkit and Brenda Timm.

    Among the most recognizable names are Brown and Sugarman. Brown, a former county elections director who currently oversees Roane County Park, has served on the city council twice before.

  • Man dies after fight

    Harriman police are trying to determine the cause of death of a man who died shortly after a fight Monday night on Baumgartner Road.

    Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said they have sent Russell Barefield’s body for autopsy to determine whether the fight played a role in his death or if he died of a pre-existing condition.

    “Right now, we have two men that got into an argument, fight at a residence in town,” Heidle said.

    It was like a fistfight, no weapons, Heidle added.

  • Miss Polk Salad honors go to RCHS's Taylor Lindsay

    Senior year got a little more special for Taylor Lindsay on Saturday. The Roane County High School student beat out six other contestants to win the Miss Polk Salad pageant at Harriman’s Riverfront Park.

    “It’s such a great honor,” a jubilant Lindsay said after the competition. “This is wonderful. I get to represent Roane County and Tennessee now as Miss Polk Salad. I couldn’t ask for more.”

    Her parents also were proud.

  • Report says inmate died of natural causes

    A man who died at the Roane County Jail last month succumbed to health problems, according to the final autopsy report.

    Robert Allen Harrison, 50, collapsed on April 8; after CPR was attempted, he was pronounced dead.

    Harrison died of atherosclerotic and hypertensive cardiovascular disease, the autopsy report said.

    Significantly contributing to his death were  nortriptyline (an antidepressant) intoxication and emphysema, the report said. Harrison was jailed on a failure-to-appear charge.

  • Skate camp gives kids summer options

    This summer children have another option beyond baking in the hot summer sun and sitting in front of a video game.

    For a week, they can also hone their skating skills at a skate camp at Roane County Skating Center from May 30-June 3 from 8 to 4 p.m. The $150 fee includes a new pair of skates.

    “They are all getting a brand new pair of skates,” said Jessica Thompson, who helps run the facility with husband, Virgil. She said they have a page out of the catalog the children can pick their skates from.