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  • Race is on for Storm the Fort

    Most people would consider the notion of swimming, then biking and running in the late-August heat to the point of exhaustion a perfectly miserable way to spend a day.

    To the 132 participants in last year’s Storm the Fort Triathlon, it was just perfect. Or at least that was tenor of feedback that Kingston Parks and Recreation Director Rick Ross got at the conclusion of the city’s first triathlon event.

  • Bug may stymie brush situation

    Brush piling higher and higher at the city property known as the Harriman Industrial Park near Fiske Heights continues to bug Harriman officials.

    But what really bugs them is an insect that prevents the city from chipping the brush and giving it away or selling it for mulch.

    The brush at the site is collected by street department crews from city property and from residents requesting roadside pickup of yard debris, particularly after foul weather.

  • Man jailed for hurling puppy from vehicle

    Jack Lee Chesser Jr. was arrested on Thursday for cruelty to animals.

    A witness told police he saw Chesser throw a puppy out of a moving truck.

    According to a Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the witness retrieved the puppy and drove to Ladd Landing, where he saw the truck.

  • Princess on parade at street fest

    Downtown Harriman will again be the place to be when enjoying a day off work on Labor Day.

    The Hooray for Harriman Labor Day street festival will kick off at 10 a.m. Sept. 3 with more music and entertainment than ever. A stage outside and entertainment in the Princess Theatre makes it an ideal time for those who haven’t yet gotten a peek in the historic building or just seeking a cool place to listen to good music.

    The festival ends as usual at 6 p.m.

  • Tournaments fun, but fill a vital need

    Harriman Fire Department is closer to raising all the funds needed for a  utility vehicle.

    Department officials said they want the small vehicle to move through tricky situations such as at street festivals to access crowded areas where people with emergency needs may be.

    The city recently opened bids for a 2012 Polaris Ranger from Ultimate Toys for $10,650. About $9,580 has been raised so far for the vehicle.

  • Anti-drug group gets $7,500 boost

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition recently got a welcome gift in the form of a $7,500 check from the Knoxville Breakfast Rotary Club.

    The donation was made possible through a collaborative effort by Rotary Clubs from both Knox and Roane counties.

    Tickets to a June performance by acclaimed Southern humorist Jeanne Robertson at Knoxville historic Bijou Theatre were sold at $35 each for general admission and $100 for VIP.

  • RSCC president search opens up

    STAFF REPORTS
    The closed-door search for the next Roane State Community College president is now being swung open.
    The presidential search advisory committee selected four finalists Wednesday, Aug. 15.
    While the initial meeting to discuss protocol was public, later meetings were closed until finalists were selected.
    It is the first presidential search the Tennessee Board of Regents has conducted since a new state law went into effect that kept applicants names private until finalists were selected.

  • Ruppe looks to God for answers on candidacy

    Rockwood City Recorder Becky Ruppe used to sit at a place of much more authority when she was Morgan County Executive.
    Some in Morgan County would like to see her return to the post she lost in an unsuccessful re-election bid in 2010. She was unseated by current Morgan County Executive Don Edwards..
    “That isn’t me,” Ruppe said at a recent Rockwood meeting, referring to Facebook postings saying she should run. She didn’t rule it out, however, when asked if she would consider a run.

  • Bond set for accused killer Shawn Smoot

    Bond for accused killer Shawn Smoot has been set at $250,000. Smoot is charged with first-degree murder in the death of 23-year-old Brooke Nicole Morris.
    Her body was found at Blair Road and Old Blair Road last October.
    Roane County Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen signed the order granting Smoot bond on Thursday.
    The order requires Smoot to sign a waiver of extradition, and he must report to the state probation office in Kingston twice a month.

  • Y-12 nuclear operations resume

    The National Nuclear Security Administration authorized the resumption of nuclear operations at the Y-12 National Security Complex on Wednesday.
    However, B&W Y-12, the contractor that operates the complex for the government, will be under enhanced federal oversight, according to the NNSA. 
    B&W Y-12 ordered a temporary stand down on Aug. 1 in response to a security breakdown that occurred on July 28.